The specter of the coronavirus pandemic has caused the Fort Wayne Philharmonic to nix its popular Patriotic Pops concert series.
In a release issued Friday morning, the Phil attributed the cancellation to concern for the health and welfare of the musicians, audiences and staff.
Patriotic Pops concerts had been scheduled between June 26 and July 4 in Fort Wayne and surrounding communities.
FW Phil Music Director Andrew Constantine was conciliatory, while also suggesting his group may have something else up their sleeve in the near future.
“We are again sorry to disappoint our loyal audience who have come to revere the annual summer concerts performed throughout Northeast Indiana,” Constantine wrote. “Patriotic repertory brings us all together like no other music, and we regret having to curtail these activities because of the current health crisis.
“We will continue to do our best to reach audiences on various media platforms with the beauty of music as we work through this challenging period. Please stay tuned for more information as plans continually are being developed.”
The following concert dates were canceled:
- DeKalb Outdoor Theater in Auburn – Friday, June 26, 7:30 p.m.
- Oakwood Resort in Syracuse – Sunday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.
- Ouabache State Park in Bluffton – Wednesday, July 1, 7 p.m.
- Pokagon State Park in Angola – Thursday, July 2, 7:30 p.m.
- Parkview Field in Fort Wayne – Friday, July 3, 8:30 p.m.
- Bixler Lake in Kendallville – Saturday, July 4, 8:30 p.m.
The Philharmonic also announced that the ensemble concert series in Auburn is still on the schedule. Because of open seating and a stage that allows for proper social distancing at the James Cultural Plaza, these concert dates remain on the calendar:
- A brass quintet, Tuesday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.
- The Resonators (percussion, harp, violin and bass), Saturday, Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m.
- A flute, oboe and cello trio, Sunday, Sept. 6, 8:30 p.m.
The James Cultural Plaza is at 208 W. 7h St. in downtown Auburn.
For more information, visit fwphil.org.