Huntington University to host Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Fort Wayne Philharmonic musicians from left to right include Anna Ross, Derek Reeves, Assistant Conductor Bradley Thachuk, Yuka Kadota, and Diane Dickson. (Photo submitted by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic)
Huntington, Ind.—The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra will present "Holiday Pops," Huntington’s favorite Yuletide celebration, on Sunday, December 11, at 2:30 p.m., in the Zurcher Auditorium of Huntington University’s Merallit Centre for the Arts.

Directed by assistant conductor Bradley Thachuk, the concert will include a series of holiday tunes and family favorites. The tradition of an audience sing-along of well-known holiday songs continues this year.

The performance will feature soprano Lisa McDavid. Originally from Ohio, McDavid began her singing career at the age 17 in various musical and theatrical presentations. At the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, she has performed as “Dorothy” in “The Wiz” and “Narrator” in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” for which she received the Best Lead Female in a Musical. In 2002, she was the featured soloist for the Winter Olympic Torch Relay.

Tickets for the Holiday Pops at Huntington University are $18, $16, and $14, depending on seating preference. Seniors receive a $2 discount, and student tickets are $4. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at (260) 359-4261, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The performance is underwritten by Cinergy Foundation, Huntington University, Indiana Arts Commission, Markle Bank Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Northern Indiana Public Service Company, Myers Funeral Home, and National Public Radio WBOI/WBNI.

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s 480 orchestra and chamber ensemble performances are attended by more than 220,000 people. Its nine-month season is comprised of the Masterworks (full orchestra), Spectrum (Chamber Orchestra), Pops, Soundcheck, Unplugged, and Freimann Series. Since 1980, the Orchestra has won five awards for “adventuresome programming” from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In addition, its education programs are created to inspire the love of classical music in people of all ages.

Now performing its 61st season, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra League and a fully funded member of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, the Indiana Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. For additional information, log on to

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and in 2004 was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.  


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