Everyone in Erie should have the opportunity to hear the works of Beethoven live at least once in their lifetimes.

Look for this logo across the city for Beethoven-themed events!

With this vision statement, the Erie Philharmonic is proud to launch our Beethoven 4/4 Festival.  This four-year initiative, leading up to the composer's 250th birthday in 2020, will feature free performances, master works, world-renowned soloists, outreach events and more.  Woven into the fabric of each season, this festival puts the Philharmonic front and center, presenting once-in-a-lifetime concerts and events for audiences of all ages from the Erie region.  

2017-18 Festival Events

August 26, 2017 - Beethoven 5K/1M Walk & Street Fair

  • Free concert including a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in Perry Square
  • Local arts and health organizations will have booths lining the square

October 7, 2017 - Beethoven's Triple

  • Performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto featuring Elena Urioste, violin; Michael Brown, piano; Nicholas Canellakis, cello.
  • Beethoven-themed outreach activities during the week

March 10-11, 2018 - The Brilliance of Beethoven

  • Two performances of two beloved Beethoven compositions - the Fourth Piano Concerto and the Choral Fantasy
  • Features world-renowned pianist, and Meadville resident, Alec Chien, as well as the Erie Philharmonic chorus and the Allegheny College Choir
  • Free runout concert at Allegheny College on Sunday at 3:15pm

Mazza Partnership

We are proud to be partnering with Mazza Vineyards and Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing for our Beethoven 4/4 Festival. 

Each year we will feature one signature drink in celebration of Beethoven’s journey from young composer to larger-than-life icon. 

The second year of the Beethoven Festival features a genever.  Genever is a traditional spirit produced in Holland and the surrounding areas since the 16th century, and is the older and more complex precursor to Dutch gin.  Rich, sweet flavors come from the malt-based spirit, produced in the old style, with accents from the juniper and herbs.

The first year of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival (2016-17) featured a beer inspired by Beethoven’s birthplace – Cologne. This Kölsch Ale was available in 750 mL commemorative bottles (at Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing in Westfield, NY) as well as on tap at various restaurants across the city. 

Click here to learn about Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing.

Elena Urioste

October 7 - Beethoven's Triple

Michael Brown

October 7 - Beethoven's Triple

Nicholas Canellakis

October 7 - Beethoven's Triple

Alec Chien

March 10-11 - The Brilliance of Beethoven