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


Beat Beethoven has been rescheduled!

The Erie Philharmonic’s Annual Beat Beethoven 5K/1 Mile Walk and Street Fair will be on Saturday, June 20, 2020.

We will still have a 5K, 1 Mile Walk, Street Fair, and a FREE concert for the community in Perry Square. It works out for the better because then we can really celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday in 2020! At 250 years old, do you think you can beat him through our downtown course? Mark your calendars now for Beethoven’s biggest birthday celebration!

If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office at 814.455.1375. Thank you in advance for your understanding of our schedule change.

2018-19 Archive


Free Concert

Including Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Pirates of the Caribbean and more!


Beat Beethoven 5K

Our 9th annual 5K saw nearly 300 runners trying to finish the race before the orchestra finished playing.


Street Fair

Vendors, instrumental petting zoo, food trucks and more!

Thank You 2018 Sponsors






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.

2018-19 Baton

We are honored to announce that this year's Baton conductor is Noel Burgoyne.

With a long history of supporting the orchestra, Noel will take the stage on April 13 to lead the orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s The Overture to the Marriage of Figaro.  What a perfect way to end our 2018-19 season! Don't have your tickets yet?  Be sure to purchase them below! 

As part of our annual baton fundraiser, an anonymous donor has presented a $10,000 matching gift in honor of Noel’s conducting debut with the orchestra. If you would like to help support Noel as she takes the stage at the historic Warner Theatre, please click below.

Remember - your gift will be double as part of our generous donor’s matching gift!

Be sure to select BATON as “Designation”

  • 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

  • 2016-17 - Mili Chiang Hanes

  • 2017-18 - Dr. Chuck Furr

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 9

November 10

With 8 beautiful locations stemming from a stunning view on South Shore Drive to the magnificent Kern/Mercyhurst house on upper State Street, you don’t want to miss the holiday event of the season! Erie’s best decorators and florists are ready to help get you in the holiday mood with stunning designs, all created exclusively for you!

Tickets available soon!

2019 Decorators

2019 Sponsors

2018 Archive


Richard and Catharina Buys

Decorated by Larese Floral Design


Star and Michael Chase

Decorated by Traditions Unlimited


Linda and Tony Sitter

Decorated by Gina Paris Design


Wendy Bond

Decorated by Allburn Florists


Woman’s Club of Erie

Decorated by various local decorators


Watson-Curtze Mansion

Decorated by Arkwright Tree and Wreath Farm and the Erie County Historical Society


Erie County Bar Association

Decorated by Claudine’s Consignment


Mac n' Cheese

Mac n' Cheese 4

Mac n' Cheese

Mac n' Cheese 4

The Winners

Thank you

From our amazing restaurants and vendors to everyone who purchased a ticket, we are blown away by the growth this event has witnessed in the last 4 years, and we thank you. We honestly never expected this (1500 people…wow!!) and we are humbled beyond belief.

Next year will be better than ever, and we’re already working with our dedicated restaurants on how to fine-tune the event experience, including two different sessions and punchcards along with a more streamlined line system. Just wait until you see what we have planned!

All funds raised from this event allow us to continually reinvest in our educational outreach programming, which includes free youth concerts, preschool residencies, piano donations, instrumental petting zoos, virtual reality visits and more. Click here to view all of our outreach activities.

You are the reason behind these smiles, and we can’t thank you enough. Seriously, your support has an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of tens of thousands of people each year.

See you in 2020 for the 5th anniversary of Mac n’ Cheese!

2018-19 Restaurants

2018-19 Vendors

  • Avon

  • The Bear Necessities

  • Budget Blinds

  • Crochet and Crafts made by Lovelle

  • Family Measures Cooking School

  • Flagship City Press

  • Knots & Folds

  • Mazza Vineyards

  • Pink Zebra

  • River of Life Chiropractic

  • Rodan and Fields

  • Sarah Kahl Piano and Musikgarten Studio

  • Scentsy

  • Tastefully Simple

  • Thirty-one

  • Usborne Books

2017-18 Archive





  1. Loni Howard-Brown (Texas Roadhouse manager)

  2. Nick Warren (Erie Reader)

  3. Jennie Geisler (Erie Times News)

  4. Jack Eaker (Make it Fabulous Catering)


2017 Archive

Top Finishers



Candide in Concert


Candide in Concert

Erie Philharmonic & Erie Playhouse
April 14, 2018
Warner Theatre @ 7:30pm

In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, the Erie Philharmonic and Erie Playhouse will collaborate
for Candide in Concert on Saturday, April 14.

Based on a story by Voltaire, a young, naive Candide embarks on a worldwide journey after the loss of his fiancée. He and his companions are challenged by dueling sultans, countless con-artists, and endless optimism in hopes of a better future. With highlights such as “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow”, Candide allows audiences to believe that the “Best of All Possible Worlds” is achievable for everyone.

Concert Tickets

Doors open at 7:00pm for the 7:30pm concert

Attendees will not be able to enter the theatre before 7:00pm
unless purchasing the Gala Package

Section A $70 · Section B $55 · Section C $40 · Section D $25

Gala Package - $125/each

Pre-Concert Cocktail Hour with open bar and hors d'oeuvres in Warner Theatre Lobby

Doors Open to Public

VIP Concert Seat to Candide in Concert

After-party at the Boston Store Place with musicians and artists including beer, wine, coffee, cordials and desserts

After-Party - $40/each


After-party at the Boston Store Place with musicians and artists including beer, wine, coffee, cordials and desserts

Please note that after-party tickets do NOT include concert tickets -
must be purchased separately

For more information, please call the box office at 814.455.1375


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Devon Lavinia Yates

as Cunegonde

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Michael Valentine

as Candide


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Golf Ball Drop


Golf Ball Drop


Golf Ball Drop Recap

On Sunday, June 24, Music Director Daniel Meyer dropped 2,000 golf balls out a helicopter onto the field at UPMC Park following the Erie SeaWolves game.  Yep, you read that right!

Despite a lovely Erie afternoon rain shower, a fun time was had by all.  Proceeds from this fundraiser went to benefit our educational outreach initiatives, including youth concerts, instrumental petting zoos, piano donations and more.  

Thank you to everyone who helped make our first ever golf ball drop a reality, including the incredible staff at the Erie Philharmonic as well as our friends at the Erie SeaWolves.

15 closest winning numbers - wins $100 each 

40, 57, 204, 618, 711, 732, 253, 374, 522, 267, 10, 540, 974, 943, 979


1 furthest winning number - wins $500



Golden Ticket winning number would have been 891


Live Performances

The Erie Philharmonic Brass Quintet played throughout the Erie SeaWolves game prior to the golf ball drop.


Play Ball!

From throwing out the first pitch to hanging out with C. Wolf, everyone enjoyed the day at UPMC Park.


Golf Ball Drop

Yep - that's Music Director Daniel Meyer in a helicopter!

Proceeds benefitted our educational outreach programs which include free Youth Concerts, Long-Term Residencies, outreach performances, Music Director and guest artist visits, instrumental petting zoos, piano donations and more!


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






Host Music Director Daniel Meyer and special guest Lisa Vroman wowed a packed audience at the Kahkwa Club on Friday evening for our year-end soiree.

With almost 200 people in attendance and a cameo singing display from our Maestro, our signature event has grown to new levels after only two years, and we can't wait to see what happens next year when CODA returns!

Stay tuned for the exciting details about CODA 2019 coming soon.

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Unforgettable Performance

Broadway superstar Lisa Vroman wowed a packed house with an unforgettable performance!


Special Cameo Soloist

Music Director Daniel Meyer and "All I Ask of You"...if you weren't there, you missed it!


Silent Auction

Thank you to all of local businesses who participated in our Silent Auction!

Thank you to our 2017-18 sponsors!

Soiree Sponsor

Sonata Sponsor

Serenade Sponsors

Prelude Sponsor

Doug and Deb Murphy

Tom and Kelly Reams

Brian and Kate Weber

2017 Archive

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