Opening Night

October 15th - 8pm


Daniel Meyer conductor

Ken Johnston violin


Stravinsky Petrushka (1947)

Glazunov Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake


Join us in the First Niagara Community Room for Classics in the Evening, a pre-concert talk hosted by Brian Hannah before every Symphonic concert starting at 7:15pm.

Opening night of our Lincoln Recycling Symphonic Series features some of the most dramatic works written for orchestra by Russian composers. We start with Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka, originally a ballet commissioned by Diaghilev and danced by the Ballet Russes in Paris, 1911. The music brings a puppet to life during a raucous Shrovetide Fair. He, of course, falls for the beautiful ballerina, but brutal circumstances keep Petrushka from realizing his romantic fantasies. The music throughout is poignant, tender, violent, and tragic. We will then feature our own Concertmaster, Ken Johnston, as violin soloist. The glowing Glazunov Violin Concerto is a perfect vehicle for Ken’s innate musicality and mastery of the instrument. We bring the evening to a close with favorite selections from Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet, Swan Lake. With music so vivid in its ability to paint a scene, the music from Swan Lake is just as stirring and colorful in a concert presentation as it can be in the ballet pit.

Special Event

October 10th - 7:30pm


Ken Johnston violin

Nathan Hess piano


Join Erie Philharmonic concertmaster Ken Johnston for an intimate recital as part of our Opening Night Symphonic Series week.  This free recital will be hosted in partnership with the Erie County Public Library and presented in the beautiful Hirt Auditorium.