Meet the Orchestra
Meet the Orchestra
LeAnne M. Wistrom, Principal
Sean F. Gabriel
Martha Sturtevant Memorial Chair
Amitai Vardi, Principal
E Flat Clarinet
Laura Koepke, Principal
Sarah Elizabeth Lee (on leave)
Christopher C. Rapier, Principal
Mark Addleman, Assistant
Gary Davis, Principal
Christopher Graham, Principal
Kenneth Heinlein, Principal
Scott Christian, Principal
Bradley Amidon, Principal
Melody Rapier, Principal
Christina Brice Dolanc
String personnel listed alphabetically.
Susan H. and Thomas B. Hagen Chair
Sandro Leal-Santiesteban, Associate Principal
Amy Cave (on leave)
Meredith Riley (on leave)
Jonathan Moser, Principal
Karen Barker Ferren
Jennifer J. Jansen
Jaimie Sachay, Associate Principal
Mary Ann Saylor
Charles and Noel Burgoyne Endowed Chair
Erica Snowden, Associate Principal (on leave)
Kieran J. Hanlon, Principal
Joseph Hernandez, Associate Principal
James Mohney, Jr.
As Music Director of the Asheville Symphony and Erie Philharmonic, conductor Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated both orchestras with his innovative programs, engaging presence and keen musical intellect.
In the 17/18 season, Meyer returns to the Rochester Philharmonic, Portland Symphony and debuts with Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra. Recent guest appearances include the Detroit Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Württembergische Philharmonie, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, and the Nuremberg Symphony.
Meyer's eclectic and groundbreaking symphonic programs this season include works by Howard Hanson, Arvo Pärt, and John Corigliano, in and amongst the masterworks of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky; Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra and great vocal works including Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Equally at home in opera and ballet, Meyer leads new productions of Bernstein’s Candide, Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, and revival productions of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Meyer opens the ASO season in collaboration with pianist Yefim Bronfman on Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, ushers in 2018 with Sharon Isbin and the music of Rodrigo, and closes the Erie Philharmonic season with a commission of Philip Glass’ Piano Concerto and pianist Simone Dinnerstein.
In 2015, Meyer curated and led the inaugural Asheville Amadeus Festival with the Asheville Symphony, a sold out week of film, lectures, community events, and concerts featuring Emmanuel Ax - an extension of his longtime dedication to music education and community involvement. The festival returned to acclaim in 2017 with violinist Midori. Meyer has also initiated Beethoven 4/4, a four-year project focusing on the life and works of the great composer with the Erie Philharmonic. Performances this season include his Triple Concerto, Piano Concerto No. 4, Symphony No. 5, and Choral Fantasy.
In recent seasons Meyer has frequently conducted the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony, as well as guest engagements with the Indianapolis, Columbus, Phoenix, Eugene, Alabama, and Knoxville Symphonies. At the Asheville Lyric Opera he led a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. His critically acclaimed European debut took place with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra and violinist Thomas Zehetmaier, and he returned to Germany soon after for concerts with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, and to Austria with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Vienna and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra.
Meyer has led the symphony orchestras of Utah, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Youngstown, Lexington, Portland, Santa Barbara, Lansing, and Wheeling. Summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals, the Chautauqua Festival and the Brevard Music Center.
Upon the invitation of Mariss Jansons, Meyer was Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, where he served until 2009. He worked closely with Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons, Sir Andrew Davis, and Charles Dutoit. He led the Pittsburgh Symphony on tour; conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, and Marvin Hamlisch, among other notable soloists; and conducted the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Pastime, a co-commission of the Pittsburgh and Atlanta Symphonies and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
As music director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Meyer led the PYSO on their first ever tour to China and an international tour to Vienna, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest in programs including the world premieres of David Stock's Clarinet Concerto with soloist Richard Stoltzman, and John Harbison’s Mary Lou: Four Symphonic Memories of Mary Lou Williams.
A native of Cleveland, Mr. Meyer Studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and is a graduate of Denison University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He composed and conducted works for ensembles at both schools, including a Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus and orchestra. At Boston University, Mr. Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award and at Aspen was awarded the prestigious Conducting Prize from David Zinman. He received an honorary doctorate last year from Edinboro University, serves as the Artistic Director of the Westmoreland Symphony and Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University.
Season subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased by phone at 814.455.1375, online, or at our box office at 23 West 10th Street, Suite 3, Erie, PA 16501.
PLEASE NOTE: The City’s 3% Amusement Tax fee is included in the order.
If you have received a ticket voucher, please read the voucher carefully and complete it before redeeming it. It is recommended that vouchers are redeemable before showtime at the Philharmonic office (Monday thru Friday, 9AM – 5PM), for best seating options. Seating will be assigned when the vouchers are redeemed. Vouchers may also be redeemed at the door (Warner Theatre) before showtime.
Your tickets will be held at Will Call if ordered by phone or online. Vouchers are not redeemable for cash and expire on the stated date or at the end of the concert season.
Groups of 15 or more will receive a 20% discount off single ticket prices. No other discounts or special offers apply to group sales. Call 814/455-1375 for more information or to reserve seats.
Students with valid ID can receive a $10 admission to any symphonic concert or pops concert during the season based on availability. Student tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Section B, C, or D seating (at the discretion of the box office).
Visiting the Warner Theatre
Visiting the Warner Theatre
811 State Street, Erie PA
Erie Philharmonic Offices
23 West 10th Street, Suite 3, Erie, PA 16501
Ramps are available at:
Event parking fees range from $3 - $5.
Handicap parking is available at the southeast corner of Eighth and French Streets.
On-street parking is available on State Street and side streets (there is no charge after 6 pm on weekdays and on Saturdays and Sundays).
Erie Philharmonic Encore Club donors receive special parking privileges in the Northwest Savings Bank parking lot located across the street from the Warner. Parking pass must be presented.
Please note that all sales are final. Subscribers may exchange tickets for future concerts if unused tickets are returned prior to the concert. Ticket prices include 3% City of Erie Amusement Tax and Warner Theatre facility fee.
The Warner Theatre provides an emergency call service for doctors and others who might be called in extreme emergencies. The emergency number is 480-6007.
If you need to be reached during a performance, please make arrangements to be contacted through the emergency number and make sure that the caller has your seat location – section, row, and seat number – so an usher can contact you.
Any doctor who would be willing to attend a medical emergency, should it occur during the concert, is asked to give his/her name and seat location to the on-duty manager in the office on the main floor. Many thanks for your help.
In case of a medical emergency, patrons should contact the nearest usher.
The Warner Theatre is accessible by all main entrances for patrons with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance is asked to seek an usher.
The Warner Theatre has a limited number of headsets for the hearing impaired. To borrow a headset, stop by the office on the main floor in the Warner Theatre with I.D. and talk to the manager on duty.
If you have any questions, please call us at 455-1375, e-mail us at email@example.com or, if you’ve already bought your tickets, come and see us at every concert in the Warner Theatre lobby. We love helping people share our passion for music.
The following are frequently asked questions about going to a performance designed to make your trip to the Erie Phil a pleasant one!
The term “classical music” is really broad and can mean anything from a Bach Concerto to a Gershwin Rhapsody, anything from an Adams tone poem to a Schubert Symphony. Generally, classical music is played by a symphonic ensemble comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, or some combination thereof.
You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to enjoy a fine meal and you don’t need to know the music on the program to have a meaningful concert experience. One of the great joys of going to an Erie Phil concert is being introduced to a great piece of music you’ve never heard before, or listening to a superb performance of a piece you haven’t heard in years. Many audience members find it enhances their enjoyment of the music if they take the time before the performance to read the notes in the program about the composer and the pieces that are to be played.
Why not join us for our Classics in the Evening with WQLN’s Brian Hannah, designed to enhance your concert-going experience. Brian's discussions are held at 7:15 PM in the Key Bank Community Room, adjacent to the Warner lobby, prior to symphonic concerts. You might learn more about Berlioz's failure as a physician or what movie music Mozart is famous for. A guest artist or Erie Phil musician may even drop in.
The pre-concert chat is free to ticket holders. Patrons can enter the Community Room though the Warner Lobby.
Odds are you’ll recognize far more than you realize. Many of today’s popular songs, television shows and movies include or are taken from classical themes…like the Lone Ranger theme (Rossini’s William Tell Overture), the Bugs Bunny cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” (Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries), United Airlines commercials (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue), and many more.
Wear whatever makes you comfortable. Contrary to what many people think, formal attire, like tuxedos and evening gowns, is not required. You’ll see concertgoers in suits, vests, sweaters, skirts, khakis, and slacks.
Generally, it is considered proper concert etiquette to clap only after a piece is complete. This means that, for example, if you’re listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which has four movements, it is appropriate to clap after the last movement. You can look at your program book to find out how many movements a piece has. Usually, there is a 15- to 30-second pause in between movements. If all else fails, you can always wait for the rest of the audience to clap before applauding. Another good sign is when the conductor either turns around or steps off the podium (the elevated “box” he or she stands on).
We love to hear the lobby “buzz” before and after the concert. So, please limit your conversations to before or after the music. Anything that makes unwanted noise, such as cell phones, pagers, wristwatches, or crinkly candy wrappers, should be turned off or left at home.
Try to do so as quietly as possibly. We recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the curtain time to allow adequate time for seating. If you arrive late, you will be seated during the applause between pieces on the program.
Erie Phil concerts generally run two hours, including a 20-minute intermission.
The Warner Theatre is accessible by all main entrances for persons with disabilities. During a performance, patrons in wheelchairs are seated in predetermined, designated seat locations.
See the staff at the Erie Phil table in the Warner lobby or call us during regular business hours at 455-1375.
The use of still/flash and video cameras or any form of recording equipment is strictly prohibited.
While we encourage interaction with the Erie Philharmonic's social media pages, cell phones must be set to vibrate or silent before entering the concert hall. Please read “Emergency Messages” above if emergency notification might be required.
A public phone is located inside the double doors at the State Street entrance. Restrooms are located on the main floor on either side of the refreshment bar, on the balcony level next to the stairs leading to the State Street lobby as well as in the French Street Annex. Drinking fountains are located on the main floor by the office and by the back door and on the balcony level next to the stairs leading to the main floor hallway.
During intermission and before concerts, the Symphony Shop is available in the lobby. Music-related gifts are sold to benefit the Erie Junior Philharmonic.
Smoking is prohibited in the Warner Theatre. Patrons who wish to smoke must do so outside the building.
Doors open approximately one hour before performance time. Concerts begin at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. As a courtesy to the performers and the audience, late arrivals will be seated by the ushers during the first convenient pause in the program.
Patrons who must leave early are asked to do so between program works as not to disturb others.
The Warner Theatre provides coat racks for patrons in the lobby and in the balcony hallway. A donation is requested.
Draping coats over railings is against fire regulations.
Found objects can be taken to the on-duty manager in the office on the first floor in the Warner Theatre (across from the concert hall). At concerts, lost items can be claimed at the office. To claim a lost article at any other time, call the Erie Insurance Arena weekdays at 453-7117.
The Cultural Loop, a partnership between Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, Erie Arts & Culture, Erie Downtown Partnership, and Erie County Convention Center Authority, is a FREE trolley service providing Saturday evening service to popular events and activities in Erie’s downtown area.
Let EMTA do the driving while you enjoy free complimentary parking at the Intermodal Transportation Center & Liberty Park-N-Ride. Stay warm in the rotundas while tracking your ride on EMTA’s new mobile app, myStop, or by viewing the real-time departures on screens located at select venues.
Sit back, relax, and see all what Erie’s downtown has to offer on the Cultural Loop. Get on board tonight!
EMTA is not in service on the following holidays: New Years Day • Easter Sunday • Memorial Day 4th Of July • Labor Day Thanksgiving Day • Christmas Day
Track your bus in real time with your smart phone - download the myStop app today.
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Warner ID # 1995
Intermodal Center # 896
The history of the Erie Philharmonic began on November 30, 1913, when the Erie Symphonic Orchestra, a 50 piece ensemble under the direction of Franz Kohler, presented a concert of “Sacred Music.” The title notwithstanding, the concert was entirely symphonic and was enthusiastically received by the Erie audience. Kohler, who had been concertmaster and first violinist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1897-1911, conducted the orchestra until 1916 when his health failed.
In 1920, following a lapse of four years and the end of World War I, the orchestra was reorganized under the direction of Henry Bethuel Vincent. As music director for one season, Vincent revised the orchestra under the sanction of the American Federation of Musicians so that professional and amateur musicians played together.
Under the baton of John R. Metcalf, from 1931 to 1947, the orchestra reached a new level of support from the community. The Erie Philharmonic Society was created to sponsor the orchestra, and in 1947 all members of the orchestra were paid union scale wages. The orchestra also became a charter member of the American Symphony Orchestra League in 1942.
Fritz Mahler (a nephew of Gustav Mahler) was appointed music director in 1947 and performed the orchestra’s first pops concert in 1948. In 1950, the Erie Philharmonic sponsored its first important commission, Peter Mennin’s (Erie native) “Concerto for Orchestra,” which has established itself in the orchestral repertoire. The Erie Philharmonic Chorus began its great tradition in October of 1952, singing choruses from "La Traviata" under the direction of Fritz Mahler.
In 1953, Music Director James Sample and President William Schuster established the Erie Junior Philharmonic, which today still serves as an important part of the Philharmonic’s educational activities. After Sample, the orchestra continued its artistic achievements under the batons of John Gosling (1967-76), Harold Bauer (1974-76), Walter Hendl (1976-90), Eiji Oue (1990-96), Peter Bay (1996-99), and Hugh Keelan (2000-06).
In the summer of 2007, Daniel Meyer was named the 12th Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic. The 2016-17 season marks the 103rd Season of the Erie Philharmonic.
News and Updates
News and Updates
Outside of Erie
Outside of Erie
Directors and Governors
Directors and Governors
President John Knox
Executive Vice President Lisa Adams
Vice President-Finance & Treasurer Amy Denlinger
Secretary Pam Davis
Vice President & General Counsel Scott Miller
Vice President-Artistic Affairs Wally Faas
Vice President-Education Tom New
Vice President-Events Linda Wilkinson
Vice President-Marketing Geri Cicchetti
Chair Kate Weber
Vice Chair Derf Hopsecger
Secretary Kelly Reams
Dates shown represent the end of term
Vice President-Development Julie Chacona
Immediate Past President Daniel Zimmerman
Chair, Board of Governors Kate Weber
Executive Director Steve Weiser
Musician Rep Brad Amidon**
At Large vacant
At Large Sandra Jarecki*
At Large Charlie Ingram*
Erie Phil Staff
Erie Phil Staff
Music Director and Conductor Daniel Meyer
Philharmonic Chorus Conductor Thomas Brooks
Junior Philharmonic Artistic Director & Conductor Jonathan Moser
Volunteer Usher Coordinators Donna Netkowicz & Marian Wygant
Volunteer Archivist Mary Jean McEwen
Executive Director Steve Weiser
Director of Community Impact Lisa Herring
Operations Manager & Librarian Chris Newlun
Patron Services Manager Mathew Anderson
Donor Relations Manager Vee Butler
Marketing Assistant Brigit Stack
Personnel Manager Christina Brice Dolanc
Bookkeeper Mary Pruchniewski
Junior Philharmonic Business Manager Janet Preston