From Music Director Daniel Meyer
I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a most wonderful holiday. We have had such a successful 18-19 concert season so far, with so many memorable moments that I find it hard to single out just a few. I won’t soon forget the 1812 Overture we performed with indoor (!) fireworks, our own Principal Clarinet Ami Vardi playing an amazing Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Marc Andre Hamelin bringing his unique take on Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, Byron Stripling’s fearless jazz trumpet playing, and our own Erie Philharmonic’s sumptuous and virtuosic reading of Strauss’ Rosenkavalier Waltzes. I also won’t easily forget how wonderful the voices of our Erie Philharmonic Chorus sounded at the Holiday Pops and how much I look forward to getting back on the stage with this ensemble. I also fondly remember the children I met at the St. Benedict Center and how delighted they were to learn from bassoonist Sarah Lee and teacher Melany Myers. The work we are doing in the community to promote learning and the love of music gives me great hope for the future.
I am so grateful for your enthusiasm, passion, and support. Every time we take the stage, we consider it a privilege to perform for you, and we know that we couldn’t do it without you. Through your support and attendance of the many activities and concerts we mount throughout the year, you are a member of the Erie Philharmonic family. As such, may I wish you and yours a most wonderful holiday as we look forward to seeing you again very soon.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Music Director, Erie Philharmonic