Quintessential String Quintet to play in lobby and perform national anthem

FORT WAYNE – The Allen County Democratic Party is excited to announce that the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Players’ Association will attend the second annual Obama Dinner on Thursday, March 9th, 2023. The Quintessential String Quartet will play for attendees in the lobby before the event and will kick off the evening by performing the Star-Spangled Banner.

The Philharmonic Players’ Association has been embroiled in a labor dispute with Fort Wayne Philharmonic management who is aiming to diminish the orchestra with low wages, fewer concerts, and fewer full-time positions. These shameful attempted cuts come despite the Philharmonic growing its endowment by nearly $10 million during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which it also secured federal COVID relief funds and furloughed musicians.

The Allen County Democratic Party is proud to stand with the Philharmonic Players’ Association in its fight for fair wages and commonsense workplace rights. Unions and organized labor are the backbone of our northeast Indiana communities, despite consistent management efforts to undermine workers’ right to organize and demand fair wages. ACDP also supports the passage of state and federal laws that guarantee all workers the right to collectively bargain, in both the public and private sectors.

“We’re honored to stand by the Philharmonic Players’ Association in their fight for fair wages, and we’re excited have them join us at our annual Obama Dinner,” said Allen County Democratic Party Chairman Derek Camp. “The Philharmonic orchestra has long been a pillar of our community, and it is unacceptable that management is now attempting to diminish that tradition. We want everyone in Allen County to understand that Democrats deliver for working Hoosiers, supporting the fight for higher pay, stronger benefits, and safer workplaces.”