Patriotic Pops at Parkview Field July 3

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The 2018 Patriotic Pops drew more than 8,000 people to hear the Fort Wayne Philharmonic at Parkview Field. (Michael Schone)

STAFF REPORT

FORT WAYNE — The Fort Wayne Philharmonic presents “Patriotic Pops at Parkview Field,” its sixth annual free concert and family fun night in celebration of the American spirit, Wednesday, July 3, at Parkview Field.

The concert will be hosted and narrated by well-known Fort Wayne broadcaster and media personality Melissa Long. Long spent her entire 31-year TV broadcasting career in Fort Wayne.

The concert begins at 8:30 p.m., with fireworks accompanying the finale at approximately 9:40 p.m. This is a free event to the public. No ticket is required for entry. Gates will be open to the public at 6 p.m. and attendees should plan to arrive early for best seating.

Parkview Field’s concessions will be open (no outside food or beverages are permitted).

There will be several family-friendly pre-concert activities, including free access to the batting cages and the Fun Zone Area. T.A.G. Art Company will be on site, offering face painting. Johnny TinCap, the Fort Wayne TinCaps mascot, will be present, and Uncle Sam and Captain America will mingle with the crowd and pose for photos and selfies. As a special treat, free ice cream will be served in honor of the 75th Anniversary season.

The concert, conducted by Philharmonic Associate Conductor Caleb Young, will feature American works such as “Oh Susanna,” “Seventy-Six Trombones” from “Music Man,” plus more contemporary favorites such as the theme from “Liberty Fanfare,” and many more. The final works on the concert, selections from “Star Wars,” “Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture,” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” will be accompanied by fireworks.

“We are so privileged to be a part of the cultural fabric of Fort Wayne. During our annual Parkview Field concert, I am always reminded of the power of music, and how it brings people together. Music has the rare ability to unify and build bridges, strengthening our community,” said Young. “Our program will celebrate what makes America truly a special place to call home.”

The Philharmonic will pay tribute to those who have served this country. During Armed Forces on Parade, veterans will be invited to stand when their service branch theme is played.

Last year, the concert was attended by an estimated 8,000 spectators.

Admission to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic “Patriotic Pops at Parkview Field” is free to the public because of the support of the Miller Family Fund, PNC Bank, Sweetwater and Parkview Field/Fort Wayne TinCaps.

For more information, visit fwphil.org, or call The Philharmonic Box Office at 260-481-0777.