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


August 25 | Perry Square

Our Beat Beethoven Street Fair, free concert and 5K is back!  

Join us for a free Philharmonic concert, a street fair with vendors and food trucks, a 5K/1M Walk and more fun activities!

9am · Street fair opens

10am · 5K Race/1M Walk & full orchestra concert with Beethoven's 5th Symphony and other pops favorites

11:30am · Performance from McDowell High School Marching Band


Bring your lawn chair or favorite blanket and enjoy a perfect morning in the park!

Can you Beat Beethoven? Race against the orchestra as they perform Beethoven's 5th Symphony. With the piece lasting somewhere between 31-34 min. on average, participants step off the start line with the downbeat and aim to finish before the Maestro conducts the last note! Finish before the applause and receive a ticket voucher for a FREE concert ticket!

$20 early bird registration (deadline August 10)
t-shirt $5

Course Map

2018 Sponsors

2018 Food trucks


JEB's Concession

Cold Stone Creamery

Sticks and Bricks Wood Fired Pizza

Fat Boy Philly's

KONA Ice of Erie

2017 Archive


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 2017 sponsors!

Archive Videos

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.

2017-18 Baton

We are honored to announce that this year's Baton candidate is Dr. Charles Furr.

With a long history of supporting the orchestra, Dr. Furr will take the stage on October 7 to lead the orchestra in a performance of Grieg's Morning Mood.  What a perfect way to start the 2017-18 Symphonic Series.  Don't have your tickets yet?  Be sure to purchase them below! 

  • 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

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

Thank you to everyone who made our 2017 Holiday Tour of Homes a success!

The tour will return on November 10-11!

2017 Recap


Woman's Club of Erie

Decorated by various florists - sponsored by the Woman's Club of Erie.


Mizner Law Firm

Decorated by Trellis - sponsored by Icing on the Lake and Glass Growers Gallery


Bob and Diane Banks

Decorated by Allburn's Florists - sponsored by Emergycare and Sandcille Spa


Duane Bennett

Decorated by Larese Floral Design - sponsored by Widget Financial and Sanford Company


Kingdom Financial Group

Decorated by Esther Elliott - sponsored by Kingdom Financial and Peterson's Property Maintenance


Sandra Jarecki

Decorated by Potratz - sponsored by Massage Envy, Euro Wax Center and McLane Church


Mark and Rae Jean Catrabone

Decorated by Gina Paris Design - sponsored by Plyler Entry Systems and Gannon University

2017-18 Decorators

2017-18 Sponsors


Mac n' Cheese

Mac n' Cheese 4

Mac n' Cheese

Mac n' Cheese 4

Save the date - March 31, 2019

Convention Center

Plenty of space, plenty of parking, plenty of cheese!

Tickets will be available soon - please note this event has sold out 2 years in a row.

2017-18 Restaurants

2017-18 Judges

  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