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

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.  

2016-2017 Events

September 24, 2016 - Beethoven 5K/1M Walk & Street Fair

  • Free performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in Perry Square
  • Beat Beethoven 5K now includes a 1-mile walk
  • Local arts and health organizations will have booths lining the square

November 12, 2016 - Classical Rivalries

  • Performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 8
  • Beethoven-themed outreach activities during the week as well as our annual Youth Concerts

March 8-11, 2017 - Emanuel Ax Residency

  • A four-day residency from the legendary pianist Emanuel Ax
  • Performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5
  • Free recital at Mercyhurst University, hosted by WQLN
  • Outreach presentations for elementary students at Erie's Public Schools
  • Lecture presentation at the Jefferson Educational Society

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 first year of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival will feature a beer inspired by Beethoven’s birthplace – Cologne. 

This Kölsch Ale, launching September 24, will be 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. 

The second and fourth year of our festival will feature a ginever, both unaged and aged. 

The third year will be centered around a German-themed wine.

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

Be sure to save your brochure from each season to complete the final picture during the 2019-2020 season!

2016-17 Festival Sponsors

$10,000 +


Thomas Hagen

Dr. and Mrs. Charles M. Furr

Susan Nedza Lastres, M.D. in honor of Marie Nedza

Dr. and Mrs. M Peter Scibetta

Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Scott

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