Caleb Young, assistant conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, has a definite goal when he comes to the podium at a family concert. “We have a 50- minute window to captivate audience members,” he said. “We need to use our best ammunition possible – the best music possible ... to grab their attention.”This Sunday, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic will present the concert “Star Wars and Superheroes.” This concert features a number of classical and classically-inspired music selections that have appeared on the movie screen.
For example, the movie “2001: a Space Odyssey” featured the music from classical composer Richard Strauss’s tone poem, “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” That tune is on the lineup for Sunday’s concert.
But what about the “Superhero” part?Enter: John Williams, composer of many renowned film scores, such as those of “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and “Superman.” “(It’s) so relevant to feature John Williams – (he’s) a superhero of music,” Young said, noting the composer’s long career in the cinematic field.
“I’m a huge John Williams nut, so I love it when I get to do his stuff!” Young said. “It’s important for orchestras to appeal to everyone – not that Mozart isn’t for everyone, but because (there are some movie tunes that) people know. … These movies are part of our lives and the music is art!”
Another facet to this concert is the special guest soloist. This Sunday, the winner of the 2016 Young Artists’ Competition Senior Division will be violinist Anna Nordmoe of Kalamazoo, Mich. She will be performing the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
Performing with the orchestra is “one of the main steps you have to go through if you want to study music seriously,” Young said. The Young Artist Competition provides elementary and high school musicians the opportunity to audition for a solo with the Philharmonic. Winners, like Anna, are able to perform one piece with the full backup of the orchestra.
This concert presents Young with a great opportunity to reach out and welcome the audience to classical music. “All it takes is one great piece that gets them excited,” he noted, “one great piece to get them hooked on classical music for life.”
This was the just the opportunity that interested Young in classical music. As a child he attended a concert and heard music that really energized his interest. “I was that kid,” he said.
His philosophy is to link what’s familiar to what they may have heard before and “mix in a little (old) stuff.” Taking a piece 150-200 years old, and explaining that modern movie composers found inspiration in the old classics, is a way to get the message out.
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What: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic presents Star Wars and Superheroes Family Concert
Where: Rhinehart Music Center, Auer Performance Hall, IPFW
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017
Cost: Tickets start at $15
Information: click on http://www.fwphil.org/ or call the box office at 260-481-0777