From Music Director Daniel Meyer
With a wealth of colorful, rich and diverse music at our fingertips, it’s often more difficult to decide what not to include in our coming season’s offerings than to decide what makes the final cut. You have likely surmised by now that we love to create fascinating combinations in the musical experiences we design for you. While taking on the scores of Strauss, Prokofiev, Copland, Adams and Torke, we will also continue our four-year focus on the music of Beethoven, leading up to his 250th birthday in 2020. We will perform his dramatic Coriolan Overture, the Third Piano Concerto, and his Opus 95 String Quartet in an arrangement by Gustav Mahler. I am inspired by the warmth and enthusiasm you bring to the Warner each time that we take the stage, and I believe that the music we have selected for this season will continue to inspire and delight you.
I am also pleased to welcome world-renowned guest artists who will be gracing our stage, from pianists Marc-André Hamelin and Yulianna Avdeeva to young violin sensation Simone Porter, and our own Principal Clarinet Amitai Vardi performing the music of Mozart.
On the Pops Series, I have long wanted to introduce Byron Stripling, whose virtuosity on the trumpet is matched by his warm music-making and personable stage presence. Vocalists Joan Ellison and Lisa Vroman make happy returns, and we continue presenting films in large projections above the stage while the Philharmonic plays the score in real-time with the classic MGM film The Wizard of Oz.
We are also proud of our musical partners, the Erie Philharmonic Chorus and Erie Junior Philharmonic, who continue to make important and lasting contributions to the musical life of the Philharmonic and to our community.
Jonathan Moser, our Principal Second Violin, is the new Music Director of the Junior Philharmonic, taking over from the esteemed and long-serving Robert Dolwick.
The new era of the of this ensemble, which is one of the longest serving training orchestras in the country, will begin on August 6 with their reinvigorated string camp titled Opus 1. This weeklong camp will include classes from Philharmonic musicians, performances, audition prep, field trips and more.
We want you to be stimulated by each new concert experience and challenged by the beautiful complexity of each new score we play. We want you to come away from each performance at the Warner Theatre renewed and captivated by the power of great music.
- Daniel Meyer, Music Director