What: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic begins its 2012-2013 season with a Masterworks Series concert featuring renowned pianist Fabio Bidini.
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Cost: $15-$60. Tickets available at 481-0777, www.fwphil.org, or the Embassy Theatre box office.
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic plays the first notes of its new season when it presents its “Opening Night: Bursting with Life” concert Saturday featuring Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 3.
The Masterworks Series concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre, with Music Director Andrew Constantine conducting.
After the show, people can join The Phil at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory for an opening night reception, “No Strings Attached.” Tickets for the reception are $20 and are available by calling The Phil box office.
The concert opens with “Starburst,” an exciting work from American composer Jonathan Leshnoff, a Phil news release said. The orchestra has commissioned Leshnoff to write a musical piece for its 2013-2014 season, which will be its 70th anniversary year.
Renowned pianist Fabio Bidini then joins the orchestra to play Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 3, one of the most challenging pieces in classical music, the news release said.
Bidini, who performed his first public concert at age 6, is recognized as one of the top pianists of his generation, the news release said. He has performed with some of the world's great orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony and the Dallas Symphony.
The Phil will close out the evening with Dvorak's jubilant Symphony No. 8 in G major.