Free Wednesday music continues


Staff reports

The Wednesdays on Wayne music series continues Oct. 11, 18 and 25 at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church, 300 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne. The free programs begin at 12:15 p.m. An optional, $5 lunch is available afterward.

Flutist Vivianne Belanger and guitarist Laura Lydy presented the first program, on Oct. 4.

The remaining schedule includes:

Oct. 11, Rhine Saxophone Quartet;

Oct. 18, Geoffrey North, French organ music;

Oct. 25, A440 String Quartet.

The saxophone quartet, from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, will perform works by Desenclos, Feld, Puccini and more. The artists are graduate students Evan Gidley, soprano; Cecily Terhune, alto; Erick Miranda, tenor; and Carly Hood, baritone. Gidley is a Fort Wayne native.

The quartet also will perform at 7:30 p.m. that night at the Rhinehart Recital Hall at IPFW, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 60 and older, $4 for non-IPFW students and free to IPFW students. Buy tickets at

North is the music director and organist at First Wayne Street U.M.C. and a music professor at IPFW and Trine University. He will perform a program of music by French composers on the church’s German, Beckerath organ.

The A440 String Quartet comprises Fort Wayne Philharmonic musicians Kristin Westover, Pablo Vasquez, Debra Graham and Deborah Hicks.

The series’ opening program featured works by Machado, Piazzolla and Shanker. Belanger, a native of Canada, is the second flute in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the second flute-piccolo of the Drummondville (Ontario) Symphony Orchestra. She is the associate flute instructor at IPFW. Lydy is a continuing lecturer in guitar studies at IPFW and teaches applied guitar and directs the IPFW guitar ensemble.

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