From Music Director Daniel Meyer

I’ve finally recovered from the Thanksgiving holiday (and that recovery involves very happy memories of shared stories and wonderful meals with my family!) only to turn around a realize that we have just entered one of the busiest months in any musician’s life.  December is filled with holiday music, and it should be.  It’s a chance to relive special traditions, hear music that can put a smile on your face, and rekindle the special feeling you had when you were little.  I have the distinct pleasure of reliving those feelings now with my three-year-old son, and I am particularly happy that he loves and already recognizes the music I will conduct this month.  In fact, number 18 on the Nutcracker compact disc player we keep in the kitchen has been nearly burned with too many repeat plays!  He simply loves to sing and dance along to the music, and I cannot wait for him to hear and see the Erie Philharmonic and Lake Erie Ballet perform the complete score live in a couple of weeks.

The more I get in to the spirit of this season, the more I am grateful that music constitutes such a huge role in my life.  The music we play this time of the year triggers memories of some very happy experiences for me.  Even more than the gifts I give or receive, it tends to be the musical moments that resonate so clearly with me, and our December performances remind me that we have such a wonderful opportunity to touch so many lives at this time of year.  Even if you are not a ‘regular’ Philharmonic goer during the rest of the year, December becomes a time to establish lasting and fun traditions with your family.  You can join other happy families, turn off your mobile phones, forget about the crowded malls and the perpetually clogged Upper Peach Street, and just live in the moment.  That means a lot to me, and I know our musicians are also thrilled when you join us for these concerts.

Whether you plan to join us at the Warner for our Home for the Holidays concerts this Saturday, a special performance in Meadville at the Academy Theatre on Sunday, Handel’s Messiah, or the timeless score and colorful dancers of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, I want you to know how much we value your passion for the Erie Philharmonic.  We also want you to continue to make us a part of your December traditions, and we will continue to do our best to delight you with beautiful music.  Thank you for spending time with our performers who dedicate their lives to bringing you memorable moments each December.  We hope to inspire you to savor and truly enjoy this ‘most wonderful time of the year.’

With warmest holiday greetings and cheer!

~ Daniel Meyer