Bruce Morton Wright Chamber Series
Bruce Morton Wright Chamber Series
Saturday, September 8, 2018 · 7:30pm · First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
22-person string orchestra led by Music Director Daniel Meyer
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 · 7:30pm · Hirt Auditorium, Blasco Library
Solo recital featuring Erie Philharmoinc Principal Clarinet Amitai Vardi
Thursday, November 15, 2018 · 7:30pm · Walker Recital Hall, Mercyhurst University
Chamber concert featuring Beethoven’s legendary Septet plus additional works
The 2018-19 season will feature a new addition to our traditional concert series - the Bruce Morton Wright Chamber Series.
Bruce’s vision of free music for eveyrone was tireless and served as a point of inspiration for thousands of people each year. Upon Gannon University’s decision to no longer fund the Erie Chamber Orchestra and Bruce’s mission, the Erie Philharmonic, along with support from Erie Arts & Culture and key stakeholders, worked to secure the contiuation of the this promise of free music for the Erie community.
While this new chamber series will never be able to replace what the Erie Chamber Orchestra was able to accomplish over its incredible 40-year history, we will present 8 to 10 one-of-a-kind free chamber concerts each season in venues outside of the Warner Theatre to ensure that the dream of free music for all lives on.
Mr. Wright was an Instructor of Fine Arts and the Music Director at Gannon University until July 2011 when he passed away. He was the Director/ Conductor of the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the successor to the Erie Bayfront Orchestra which he founded in 1978, and the Director/ Conductor of the Erie Opera Theatre, which he founded in 1983. Mr. Wright was tremendously active within the Erie Community. He was a past board member of the Martin Luther King Center and Perseus House, a center for delinquent youths. Since 1978 he was active on the board of directors of the Arts Council of Erie. He served on the Minority Panel of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra Board, and the Association of Pennsylvania Orchestras' Panel of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Mr. Wright also served on the board of the Erie Civic Authority, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, the Pennsylvania State Council on Arts Education, and the Florence Crittenton Home. In 1997 he was among the graduates of Leadership Erie and recently served on the Board of Villa Maria Center and the Arts Board of the Glenwood YMCA. A performer and supporter of the Arts throughout his entire life, Bruce Morton Wright was a tremendous advocate for furthering the arts in Pennsylvania and Erie County. He will be forever missed by his countless friends and colleagues.
The support of the late Mr. Clarence E. Beyers was critical in the founding of the original Erie Chamber Orchestra. Although he was a generous contributor to many other organizations, he had a special fondness for the Erie Chamber Orchestra, which he called "his orchestra." It is through his continuing support provided by the Clarence E. Beyers Music Fund, via Erie Arts & Culture, that the Philharmonic is able to present these concerts free of charge.
Erie Arts & Culture is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization located in Erie, PA. Founded under the legal name, The Arts Council of Erie in 1960, Erie Arts & Culture is the oldest arts council in Pennsylvania. Charter members include the Erie Civic Ballet (now Lake Erie Ballet), the Art Center (now the Erie Art Museum), the Erie Philharmonic and the Erie Civic Theater (now the Erie Playhouse).
Today, Erie Arts & Culture represents the collective voice of hundreds of creators, investors and volunteers and is a proud partner to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and an Erie County Lead Asset as recognized by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA).