The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will offer new 10 a.m. Saturday preview performances for the public this season before three of its Masterworks Series classical music concerts.
“It actually is the dress rehearsal,” said J.L. Nave III, philharmonic president and CEO. “This is something some other orchestras have done, many of them to great success.”
The preview will be presented in the same venue as the evening concert. It provides an option for music lovers who can't attend the evening performance or who don't feel comfortable going out at night, he said.
The cost will be $12 per person for each concert or $30 for all three concerts, Nave said. People who have purchased tickets for the evening performance can attend the preview for free.
Preview concert tickets will go on sale Sept. 3 — the same date as other single tickets for Phil concerts.
At the preview, musicians will be in their street clothes rather than formal attire, and the audience can feel free to dress more casually than for an evening performance, Nave said.
The previews will not include all music from the evening concert, he noted. From about 10-11:15 a.m., the orchestra will perform a straight run-through of select musical pieces from the evening concert. There will be a short break for refreshments, and then the orchestra will return to “put the finishing touches” on musical pieces where needed.
The preview performances most likely will include the guest artist for the evening concert, Nave said.
Preview concerts are Oct. 12, Brahms Symphony No. 4, Embassy Theatre; Jan. 25, Schubert Symphony No. 4, Auer Performance Hall in Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW; and March 1, Audience Choice concert, Auer Performance Hall.
For information or to order preview tickets beginning Sept. 3, go to www.fwphil.org or call 481-0777.
Nave also provided updates on two other topics:
•Contract negotiations are progressing with the union representing orchestra musicians. The existing contract expires today, but negotiations frequently have gone past that date in prior years. The Phil's new season starts Sept. 28.
“We still are talking, and those talks continue to be very cordial and very collaborative,” Nave said.
•Phil staff were surprised and excited by a discovery from the orchestra's three summer concerts: The audience included more than 400 households who had no previous ticket record of attending a Phil concert.
“That's a real positive, certainly as far as interest in the orchestra in the community,” Nave said.