Throughout each season, the Erie Philharmonic presents exclusive events, contests, outings and more, offering unique musical experiences for audiences of all ages.


Beat Beethoven

Beethoven Street Fair

Beat Beethoven

Beethoven Street Fair

On August 26, the Erie Philharmonic presented our Beethoven Street Fair, which included a free concert, our 8th Annual Beat Beethoven 5K/1M Walk, local vendors and food trucks along with additional musical performances!

See below for archive pictures from this fabulous event which served as a fundraiser for our educational outreach activities.


Free concert 

The Erie Philharmonic presented a full free concert in the park


Beat Beethoven 5K

Nearly 250 runners tried to "Beat Beethoven" to receive a free Philharmonic concert ticket


McDowell Marching Band

Our audience was wowed by a full performance from the McDowell High School Marching band


Local support

We were delighted to feature nearly 30 local vendors and food trucks along with the Erie Playhouse Showstoppers

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!

Archive Videos

Course Map (start planning for 2018!)

2017-18 Food Trucks






Once a year, a community member bravely steps forward to take the helm of the Erie Philharmonic as part of a critical fundraiser for our outreach activities.  Since 1969, the orchestra has been led by more than 45 individuals from across the region.

2016-17 Baton

We are honored to announce that Tom and Mili Chiang-Hanes raised over $12,000 for the educational outreach initiatives of the Erie Phil.

On Saturday, April 1, Mili took the baton and lead the Erie Philharmonic to conclude our 2016-17 Hanes Erie Pops Series.  Her selection was the Mickey Mouse March and, as you can see, fun was had by all.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will support instrumental petting zoos, piano donations, artist master classes, visits from Music Director Daniel Meyer and more! 

We can't thank you enough for support of Mili!


  • 1992 - Lynn Levinson
  • 1993 - Peggy Richardson
  • 1994 - Pauline Scott
  • 1995 - Jason Maynard
  • 1996 - John Baldwin
  • 1997 - Bruce Kern
  • 1998 - Chuck Harris
  • 1999 - Frank and Michael Victor
  • 2000 - Dennis Unks
  • 2001 - Margaret Hull
  • 2002 - Dr. Jerry Beck
  • 2003 - Don Baxter
  • 2004 - Mary Alice Brown
  • 2005 - No baton candidate
  • 2006 - Marlene Mosco
  • 2007 - Christie Ferrier
  • 2008-09 - John Vanco
  • 2009-10 - Eric Borenstein
  • 2010-11 - Charlie Ingram
  • 2011-12 - Katie Denlinger
  • 2012-13 - Terry Cavanaugh
  • 2013-14 - Wally Faas
  • 2014-15 - Lou Baxter
  • 2015-16 - Linda Stevenson

Previous Baton Candidates

  • 1969 - John Beatty
  • 1970 - Dr. George D'Angelo
  • 1971 - Lydia McCain
  • 1972 - Bob Merwin
  • 1973 - Hal Herrington
  • 1974 - Robert Ferrier
  • 1975 - Brady Louis
  • 1976 - No listing available
  • 1977 - No listing available
  • 1978 - James McKibben
  • 1979 - No listing available
  • 1980 - No listing available
  • 1981 - Garth Hetz
  • 1982 - Kathy Zurn
  • 1983 - Mike Rathers
  • 1984 - Sandra Jarecki
  • 1985 - Al Renkis
  • 1986 - Tom and Joy Gay
  • 1987 - Charles Henness
  • 1988 - Wally Knox
  • 1989 - Fred Prahl
  • 1990 - Nick Scott
  • 1991 - Tom Vicary


Holiday Tour of Homes

Holiday Tour of Homes

Holiday Tour of Homes

Holiday Tour of Homes

November 11

November 12

$15 in advance, $20 day of

2017-18 Houses (list coming soon)

2017-18 Decorators

2017-18 Sponsors

2016-17 Recap

1 - Gannon Old Main - decorated by Allburn Florists


3 - Historical Society of Erie County - Watson-Curtze Mansion - decorated by Potratz


4 - Emkey Energy - decorated by Traditions


5 - Schneider Residence - decorated by Gary's Flower Shoppe and Interiors


6 - Sabolcik Residence - decorated Plantscape


7 - Rutkowski Residence - decorated Allburn Florists


8 - Unks Residence - decorated by Larese Floral


Mac n' Cheese

Mac n' Cheese 3

Mac n' Cheese

Mac n' Cheese 3

March 4, 2018

Zem Zem Shrine
2525 W 38th

Bigger venue...more parking?  You got it!  Tickets available soon!

2017 Archive

Top Finishers









The Erie Philharmonic and the Erie Playhouse are honored to present Leonard Bernstein's legendary Candide in Concert.  

One night only at the Warner Theatre!

April 14, 2018

Save the date - stay tuned for special event details!

Images from our My Fair Lady collaboration in 2016


Emanuel Ax Residency

Emanuel Ax Residency

Emanuel Ax Residency

Emanuel Ax Residency

The legendary Emanuel Ax

From March 8-11, the legendary Emanuel Ax spent 4 unforgettable days in Erie.  

From master classes, lectures and recitals to a sold out concert for over 2,200 people, this was truly a week like no other.

Thank you to everyone who made this week possible.

Residency Images

Outreach presetation and piano donation to Emerson Gridey Elementary School

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 1pm

Jefferson Educational Society lecture/performance

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7pm

Outreach Presentation to Walnut Creek Middle School

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 10:45am

Piano master class at Mercyhurst University

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12pm

Live from Studio Q, hosted at Mercyhurst University and presented by WQLN

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12pm

First rehearsal with the Orchestra

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:30pm

Saturday Night's sold out concert

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 8pm


Lilly Broadcasting/Erie News Now

Lincoln Recycling

Dr. and Mrs. M Peter Scibetta

Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Scott


Dr. and Mrs. Charles M. Furr

Thomas Hagen

Kern Family Foundation

Susan Nedza Lastres, M.D. in honor of Marie Nedza

Video Archive

TV special on Millcreek Government Channel






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a concluding a new beginning

Thank you to everyone who made this night a smashing success!  In total, we raised over $40,000 towards our community and educational outreach projects.

Event Pictures

Themed food displays

Thanks to Make It Fabulous Catering

Stunning Silent Auction

Courtesy of Director of Community Impact Lisa Herring

Amazing live performance

Featuring pianist Michael Brown and cellist Nicholas Canellakis - see them back in Erie on October 7

Thank you to our fabulous sponsors

Soiree Sponsor

Sonata Sponsor

Serenade Sponsors

Prelude Sponsor

Brian and Kate Weber

Sue and Dan Zimmerman

Julie Chacona and Lee Rexrode

Doug and Deb Murphy

Dr. and Mrs. James and Laura Semple

Guest Artists (catch them October 7 back in Erie at the Warner Theatre!)

Michael Brown piano

Nicholas Canellakis cello