Fort Wayne Philharmonic to make its first commercial performance recording, and you’re invited

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will make its first commercial audio recording during a concert March 18 that is free and open to the public.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Auer Performance Hall at Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. People don’t need tickets to attend.

Music Director Andrew Constantine will lead the Philharmonic as it performs and records three works composed in the 1930s by noted Austrian American composer Walter Bricht, who lived from 1904-1970) and was a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington during the last several years of his life, a Philharmonic news release said.

Plans call for the recording to be released on a commercial label at a later date, the news release said. Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Handley will produce the recording.

“I’ve been fascinated reading about Walter Bricht and his unique story as an émigré from Nazi Germany,” Constantine said in the news release. “This recording will allow us to celebrate a composer important to the state of Indiana, whose music is meaningful yet virtually unknown to today’s audiences. We look forward to creating a permanent document of Bricht’s work while providing a vehicle for international audiences to enjoy our fine orchestra.”

Born in Vienna in 1904, Bricht was a child prodigy who began composing at the age of 12, the news release said. In 1938, Bricht was forced to leave Austria because the Nazi regime had discovered that he had Jewish-born grandparents. He reportedly was offered “honorary Aryan status” by Adolf Hitler if he would swear allegiance to the Nazi party, but Bricht chose to go to the United States.

In the United States, Bricht worked and taught in New York City and at Mason College of Music in Charleston, W.Va., before joining the Indiana University School of Music faculty in 1963, the news release said.

For more information about Bricht, go to www.walterbricht.com.