Hobnobben Film Festival
Nov18

Hobnobben Film Festival

The Hobnobben Film Festival, a multi-day, multi-verse event, will be the first of its kind in Fort Wayne. We have never had a film festival before and I had the chance to interview Jonah Crismore, executive director of Cinema Center, about the Hobnobben festivities. In celebration of Cinema Center’s 40th anniversary, Jonah hopes that this festival will highlight major talent in our city and inspire others to make and submit future films. For filmmakers on the fence about submitting a film to Hobnobben, Jonah says just “do it”. There are many categories ranging from social justice documentaries to low-budget zombie films. Jonah states that he would like to see this festival be a platform for a filmmaker’s career to begin. Cinema Center, in partnership with Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne and the University of Saint Francis, will be screening short and feature length films shot by Fort Wayne locals. The venues for this festival include Cinema Center, Arts United Center, Arts United Parkview Physicians Group, ArtsLab Theater, and the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center. It will take place from June 16 to June 19, 2016. In addition to featuring local filmmaker’s work, there will also be panel discussions, meet and greet opportunities, and Q+A sessions. He hopes to help educate the audience over the process of filmmaking and make them active and aware film viewer. Hobnobben Film Festival is looking for volunteers to help make this festival a success! Email volunteer@hobnobben.org to fill out an application. Don’t miss Northeast Indiana’s first BIG film...

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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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