The Classical College Music Scene
Feb04

The Classical College Music Scene

Do you like acoustical guitar? Perhaps a flute concert? Maybe a good brass ensemble or an orchestra would sound good right now. Well, stop and check out some of the collegiate sounds that Fort Wayne has to offer. First of all, be sure to keep a weather eye open for visiting college groups. An example would be the St. Olaf Choir, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. This group, which features 75 voices, will perform at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. If this choir is anything like their television Christmas specials, you won’t want to miss this event! Fort Wayne, home to a variety of universities and colleges, is also the place to experience a good amount of quality music – especially when it comes as the result of university-level instruction. Both students and instructors perform routinely throughout the school year, giving solo, ensemble, and full-out formal concerts that members of the Fort Wayne community are welcome to enjoy. Many of the musical offerings come from the Rhinehart Music Center at Indiana University-Purdue University. Large concerts are held in the Auer Performance Hall, a beautiful stage space that can hold around 1,500 audience members. A smaller performance area, the Rhinehart Recital Hall, is a more intimate setting for solo recitals and ancient music performances. Coming up on February 23, (Monday at 7:30 p.m.), the IPFW/Fort Wayne Community Orchestra will present a concerto and aria concert, featuring recent winners of the University’s concerto/aria competition. Music will include Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat, three opera solos, and a trombone concerto by the British composer Bourgeoise. If you want to see something on a Thursday night, try out the Wind Ensemble Concert, March 5 at 7:30. It’s always a glittering sight, seeing all those flutes and trumpets lined up in rows before the podium. If quieter, smaller ensembles are more to your taste, then you might want to listen to a guitar studio showcase. IPFW is holding a variety of guitar concerts and recitals – as is the University of Saint Francis. USF will be holding their guitar concert on April 21, at 7 p.m. This concert will be held at their North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street. IPFW’s guitars will make several performances, including Saturday, March 28 (the Canadian Guitar Quartet, 7:30 p.m.) and the Guitar Ensemble Recital (April 15, 7:30 p.m.). And don’t forget about quality piano music. Maybe you want to sample some of the Summit City’s best piano work – well, look no further. Several piano events are happening this semester at IPFW, including an alumni recital with Jason Simon, (Feb....

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Q&A with Frank DiCristofaro: Indiana Tech Ice Hockey
Sep18

Q&A with Frank DiCristofaro: Indiana Tech Ice Hockey

Indiana Tech began its inaugural ice hockey program over the weekend. The DI program dropped two at UM-Dearborn 9-2 and 9-3, and the DIII program swept Purdue in West Lafayette 4-3 and 10-6. The Warriors have their home-opener against Central Michigan this Saturday at the SportONE/Parkview Icehouse (formerly Canlan) at 5:30 p.m. I sat down with head coach Frank DiCristofaro to discuss the team, the results and the upcoming weekend. Aubree: You’ve been on staff at Indiana Tech for over a year now. What have you had to do to prepare for this season? Frank: The first thing was to build a recruiting base, which I think we did pretty well. We’ve had a lot of local interest which is pretty exciting. The next biggest thing was setting up a schedule, which was the most difficult task because teams are basically afraid of the unknown. What kind of competition you’re going to be. Things like that. Trying to lock in dates was pretty difficult but we were able to do that. The season we have about 37 games scheduled. We do have a roster of 26 guys, some local, many from Michigan and surrounding states, we also have a player from Oregon so we’re really all over the map with kids coming in. A: How does the DIII team look? F: Really good, as well. We’ve had a lot of local interest from the local high schools, so our D3 team is heavy with those. I think the area is really excited with what we’re bringing to the table for the kids so everyone has been really positive and supportive with our efforts to this point. A: How does the IPFW ice hockey club team differ from Tech’s? F: I don’t know the inter-workings of IPFW’s team, but I know the team here is completely free to play. We don’t pay any player fees, the players get sticks, helmet, gloves, equipment to use. None of that comes out of their pockets. I know all of our travel is by charter and they get meals on the road and things like that. We treat it like it’s a varsity program regardless of the delineation of level is. A: You say, “like a varsity program?” Is it not? F: Right. Our DI has a national championship and our DIII team also has a national championship. I guess the definition of a “varsity sport” is that you play for a national championship. Both teams in our program have the opportunity to play for that. A: What athletic association are you affiliated with? F: The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is an organizing body that...

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Fort Wayne College Athletics Year-in-Review
May29

Fort Wayne College Athletics Year-in-Review

Fort Wayne isn’t generally known for college athletics. Indiana Tech and Saint Francis are NAIA, which is almost like an NCAA Division II ½, and IPFW is still establishing themselves within NCAA Division I as a competitive team. This year though, at least 10 teams from Indiana Tech and USF combined made it to the National Championship in their respective sports. Of that, half of those teams won the national title, and IPFW advanced to tournament championships. The Cougars’ football team advanced to the quarterfinals of the national championship tournament, falling in Kentucky to the University of the Cumberlands. Also in the fall, men’s and women’s cross country teams from Indiana Tech qualified for the national championships in Lawrence, Kansas. This was the first time in four years that the teams qualified instead of just individuals. The men finished 18th, and the women finished 19th. The winter was all about Saint Francis. The women’s team took over the top rank in NAIA Division II in December over Indiana Wesleyan. The Cougars were undefeated throughout the remainder of the season, the conference tournament, and the national tournament, where they defeated College of the Ozarks in the NAIA National Championship Final. Indiana Tech’s men’s indoor track and field team took the national championship title in addition to a few individual event titles. The women’s team finished second. IPFW men’s basketball had their best season since switching into D-I athletics. They advanced to the Summit League Tournament Championship game and were one win away from the NCAA National Tournament. The Mastodons ended up falling to North Dakota State. Their performance was good enough to be included in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. They advanced to the second round, but fell to VMI, ending the season with an overall record of 25-11. The IPFW women’s team didn’t finish quite as strongly as the men, but highlighted their season with a victory over then-ranked No. 21 Michigan State. It was the first win for the program over a ranked team. As the weather warmed up (for the most part), spring brought two more national championship titles to Indiana Tech, and one top-ten finish. In Gulf Shores, Alabama, Indiana Tech’s men’s and women’s track and field teams defended their outdoor title from 2013. The women’s team defended their title by a single point over Oklahoma Baptist. The Warriors’ women’s golf team finished with a program-best ninth at the NAIA tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska. They had already made history by qualifying for the final day of competition and beat that with a top-ten finish. Slowly but surely, Fort Wayne is becoming a destination for student-athletes. Three quality athletic...

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