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


Jewelry Raffle

Jewelry Raffle

Jewelry Raffle

Jewelry Raffle

Only 100 boxes left - call 455-1375 to order yours today!

150 boxes, each one sparkles  

Boxes are $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.

The final unveiling of the jewelry prizes will be held before our season finale concert on April 8 in the Warner Theatre lobby. 

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 on April 8 prior to our season finale concert (or any time after at office) 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.

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.




Emanuel Ax Residency

Emanuel Ax Residency

Emanuel Ax Residency

Emanuel Ax Residency

The legendary Emanuel Ax

Don't miss any of these spectacular events presented across the city.  

All events Wednesday Through Friday are Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 8 @ 7pm

Lecture/performance at the Jefferson Educational Society.  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. (call 459.8000 to register or visit link above)

3207 State Street, Erie, PA 16508

Thursday, March 9 @ noon

Master class for local piano students.  Watch one of the premiere pianists in the world work with local students of all ages in the Walker Recital Hall on the campus of Mercyhurst University.  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

501 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16546

 Friday, March 10 @ noon

Emanuel Ax in recital.  An exclusive Live from Studio Q performance, presented by WQLN, hosted in the Walker Recital Hall on the campus of Mercyhurst University.  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

501 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16546

 Friday, March 10 @ 6:30pm

Open rehearsal at the Warner Theatre.  An exclusive meet-and-greet with Emanuel Ax before his first rehearsal with the orchestra at 7:30pm.  You'll be invited to watch the first half of his rehearsal with the Erie Philharmonic as well.  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

811 State Street, Erie, PA 16501

Saturday, March 11 @ 8pm

Residency-concluding concert featuring a performance of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto.  This marks the final event in the season as part of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival.  Learn more here!

811 State Street, Erie, PA 16501

TV special on Millcreek Government Channel




Dr. and Mrs. Charles M. Furr

Thomas Hagen

Kern Family Foundation

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

Lilly Broadcasting/Erie News Now

Lincoln Recycling

Dr. and Mrs. M Peter Scibetta

Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Scott






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 too announce that this year's baton conductor will be Mili Chiang-Hanes.

On Saturday, April 1, before our Disney Favorites concert, Mili will take the baton and lead the Erie Philharmonic to conclude our 2016-17 Hanes Erie Pops Series.

We are beyond excited!

All donations made in Mili's honor will be used towards our outreach activities, which include:

  • Long Term residency for pre-school students at the St. Benedict Center
  • Instrument donations to local schools and facilities
  • Master classes
  • In-school visits
  • Instrumental petting zoos

Donations can be made by calling 455-1375, visiting the below website (select "Baton" from the designation drop down menu), or by mailing check made out to the Erie Philharmonic at 23 West 10th Street, Suite 3, Erie, PA 16501 (make sure to mark "Baton" on the check). 

  • 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


Mac n' Cheese

Mac n' Cheese 2.0

Mac n' Cheese

Mac n' Cheese 2.0

New restaurants, lower price, same food coma

General admission - $15 in advance     ($20 day of)

12 & under - $10

5 & under - FREE

April 2 @ 1pm

Concourse at Union Station, 121 W 14th St.

This family friendly tasting competition, held at the Concourse of Union Station, will be presented in conjunction with our Disney Favorites concert scheduled for April 1, 2017, and will include all you can eat mac n' cheese, drinks and much more!

Each dish requires two ingredients - macaroni and cheese.  It's up to each restaurant to decide how to best combine these two amazing items.  The event will also feature live music and additional surprises.

Tickets will be available February 6, and will be only $15 ($20 day of).  12 and under tickets are only $10, and children under 5 eat for free!

2017 Restaurants (as of 2/16/2017) 

2017 Sponsors

Get Your Phil of Mac n' Cheese Archive 2016

2015-16 Restaurants






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a concluding a new beginning

June 2017

One Night Only

Anchor Plaza at the new Courtyard Erie Bayfront

Join host Daniel Meyer, world-renowned pianist Simone Dinnerstein and special guests for an unforgettable evening of music under the stars as we preview our 2017-18 season.

This intimate look behind the curtain is an exclusive night of open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music and stories that you don’t want to miss!

The evening concludes with a live auction, featuring your chance to bid on a Viking River Cruise for two.

$75 per person (tickets available for purchase after April 1)

The Anchor Plaza

Special Guest Simone Dinnerstein

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The New York-based pianist gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she independently raised the funds  to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many "Best of 2007" lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.

Dinnerstein’s performance schedule has taken her around the world since her acclaimed New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 2005, to venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Sydney Opera House, Seoul Arts Center, and London's Wigmore Hall; festivals that include the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals; and performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra a Sinfonica Brasileira, and the Tokyo Symphony.



Beat Beethoven

Beat Beethoven

Thank you to everyone who made this event an incredible success!

Video 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 in September 2017 when Beethoven returns!



Holiday Tour of Homes

Holiday Tour of Homes

The Erie Philharmonic Holiday Tour of Homes was a huge success!

With over 1,000 participants in just two days, we are incredibly thankful to everyone who made this event possible.

2016-17 Recap Pictures

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

2016-17 Decorators

2016-17 Sponsors


My Fair Lady Gala

My Fair Lady Gala

A one-of-a-kind collaboration between the Erie Philharmonic and the Erie Playhouse took place on May 21, 2016

The Reviews

I just wanted to tell you that everyone is raving about the My Fair Lady Event. It was beyond fabulous!  Truly an exceptional night from start to finish. – Julie Chacona

Fifty-one years ago, my wife and I went on our first date to the Warner Theater to see the movie My Fair Lady. We had both grown up listening to the Broadway recording on our parents' LP's. Returning to the Warner tonight, together with friends, to see it in concert was nothing short of a life-affirming event. We were in tears most of the night.  It was such a beautiful evening. Thank you, Erie Phil and Erie Playhouse, so very much. – Chris and Charlotte Thomas

The show was outstanding! The orchestra made it so much better. I hope you will do another one next year. – Cynthia Weigand

The performance was incredible, and the entire evening was wonderful.  We are so fortunate to have so many highly talented people here, both from the Playhouse and from the Erie Phil. – John Baldwin

The Cast

Seated: Jenna Lindberg, Christine Carmichael, Susan Lechner, Kate Neubert-Lechner, Shawn Clerkin, Bob Martin, Kristen Henry.
Standing: Gretchen Kerr, Nicole Rosenbayger, Kate Amatuzzo, Patrick Thiem, P. Barry McAndrew, Rich Tryzbiak, Scott Schillinger, Roger Wolbert, Brendan Daugherty, Kristin Fry, Michael Hipwell, Diane Martone, Art Martone.

Host Committee
Penny and Cle Austin                                                                         Tammy Batchelor
Susan and Donald Baxter
Sallie and Homer Capotis                                                                      Julie Chacona                                                                                            Geri Cicchetti
Almi and Shawn Clerkin
Council Optometric Center
Pam and David Davis
Amy and Mark Denlinger
Mim and Don Dilmore
Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
Georgianna and Theodore Ely                                                        Jennifer Weigold Geertson
Lisa Adams Gordon and Scott Gordon                                             Barbara and Charles Harris
Betty and Tim Healy
Martha and Bill Hilbert
Emily and Charlie Ingram
Marlene and Myron Jones
Nancy and Bruce Kern                                                                             Carl Larese and Jim Conell
Kathy and Dave Lastowski
Barb and BJ Lechner
Teri and Seth Marshall
Michael Martin
Deborah and Douglas Murphy
Joellen Nelson
Barbara Pollock
Peggy and Al Richardson
Kim and Nick Scott
Matthew Sherr and Sandro Barbosa
Mary Ann and Jim Toohey
Kate and Brian Weber
Linda and Scott Whalen                                                                        Linda Wilkinson
Joanna and Roger Zurn

Doolittle Sponsor
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield                                                       Times Publishing Company
Higgins Sponsor
JET 24/ Fox 66                                                                                    UPMC Health Plan                                                                                    Woman’s Club of Erie                                                                              
Pickering Sponsor
Edward Jones
Erie Community Foundation
Bob and Christie Ferrier
JET 1400                                                                                                 Printing Concepts Inc.
Violet Sponsor
Networking Technologies
Dr. Charles and Susan Furr
David and Margaret Matthews
Dr. and Mrs. M. Peter Scibetta                                                                Laura and Jim Semple
Annalynn and Tim Shuttleworth
Dr. and Mrs. Barry D. Stamm
Thayer Power and Communication
Dan and Sue Zimmerman                                                                    Urban Engineers, Inc                                                                               W.B. Mason

Special Thanks                                                                                         Jim Colvin                                                                                              Barry Copple                                                                                           Erie Beer                                                                                                   Grise Audio                                                                                         Larese Floral                                                                                           Little Caesar's/Dickey's BBQ Pit                                                               Sabella's Catering