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

Free Concert, 5K/1M Walk & Street Fair
August 26 | Perry Square | 9am-12pm

9am - Street Fair opens

10am - race start/concert begins

11:05am - race awards

11:20am - Playhouse Showstoppers

11:45am - McDowell Marching Band

The Erie Philharmonic brings Beethoven back to downtown Erie to compete in their 8th annual
Beat Beethoven 5k and 1 Mile Walk on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Join the Philharmonic musicians, Conductor Daniel Meyer, and eager Erie racers for a LIVE performance of Beethoven's 5th Symphony and concert in the park.  Enjoy additional music from the Philharmonic following the race!

Race course is same as 2016-17 and will start and end at Perry Square. All racers who finish the 5K/1M Walk before the conclusion of the symphony will receive a free Erie Philharmonic concert voucher! 

Enjoy local vendors, food trucks and additional performances from the Erie Playhouse Showstoppers
and the McDowell High School Marching Band as well!

Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets!

$20 early bird registration for 5K/1M Walk ($25 after August 17)

Proceeds benefit our educational outreach programs

Course Map

Sign up here to have booth space at the street fair!  Only $50!

2017-18 Sponsors

2017-18 Food Trucks

2016 Recap

Picture Gallery

Nearly 200 runners came out on Saturday, September 24 for our 7th annual Beat Beethoven 5K,  paired with a street fair and live concert.  The weather was perfect, and smiles can be seen on all participants. 

Thank you to our amazing sponsors and vendors!  This day would not have been possible without your support.

We'll see you on August 26, 2017 when Beethoven returns!






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

Tickets available soon!

2017-18 Houses (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 2.0

Mac n' Cheese

Mac n' Cheese 2.0

New restaurants, lower price, same food coma

Thank you to everyone who made this year's event a SOLD OUT success!

Stay tuned for info on next year's competition...returning early Spring 2018

2017 Top Finishers

2017 Images

2017 Restaurants

2017 Sponsors

2016 Top Finishers


Jewelry Raffle

Jewelry Raffle

Jewelry Raffle

Jewelry Raffle

The Jewelry Raffle will return in 2017-18...
...stay tuned for more details!

150 boxes, each one sparkles  

Boxes will again be $100 each, and every box contains a ticket redeemable for a piece of jewelry valued from $50 to $4,000. 

Multiple top prizes available!  Boxes are available for purchase in the Warner Theatre lobby prior to concerts as well as at the Erie Phil office.

Additionally, certain boxes will include instant prize winners, featuring Erie Phil coffee mugs, t-shirts, concert tickets and more!  Look for a purple tag on the inside lid of your box.

How it works:

  • Select your lucky number from the boxes available
  • Each box will contain a special raffle ticket that corresponds with the box number purchased
  • Redeem this ticket to receive your jewelry prize

Please note - participants awarded a prize valued at $600 or more shall be required to complete all appropriate IRS tax forms prior to receipt of the prize (*see full disclaimer at bottom of page).  

All jewelry pictured represents actual prizes.  Pictures provided by EverAfter Images.

2016-17 Jewelry prizes

We are beyond grateful to Dahlkemper's Jewelry for sponsoring this fantastic event.

* Taxes:  Prize valuations are based on available information provided to the Erie Philharmonic, and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s). Any person winning $600 or over in prizes must provide the Erie Philharmonic with valid identification and a valid taxpayer identification number or social security number before any prize will be awarded.  Participants awarded a prize valued at $600 or more will receive an IRS Form 1099 at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form will be filed with the IRS.








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