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


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

August 25 | Perry Square

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/1M Walk and free concert

$20 early bird registration (deadline August 17)
t-shirt $5

Course Map

2018 Sponsors (coming soon)

2018 Food trucks


Sticks and Bricks Wood Fired Pizza

Fat Boy Philly's

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

Winning Numbers

15 closest - wins $100 ea. 

  1. 40
  2. 57
  3. 204
  4. 618
  5. 711
  6. 732
  7. 253
  8. 374
  9. 522
  10. 267
  11. 10
  12. 540
  13. 974
  14. 943
  15. 979

1 furthest - wins $500

  1. 843

All winners will be contacted today - prizes will be mailed out shortly.  

Thanks to everyone who participated in the drop - stay tuned for pictures and video from Sunday's event!


UPMC Park | June 24 | 4:30pm

1 for $10 or 3 for $25

A helicopter will drop over 2,000 golf balls above the baseball stadium -
closest and farthest ball from the target win Cash Prizes!

Furthest ball from the target - $500 instant cash.

15 closest balls to the target - $100 each.  And...

...if one of the closest balls matches the number in the sealed GOLDEN ENVELOPE... win $25,000!

The ball drop will happen after the 1:35pm SeaWolves game on Sunday, June 24, 2018.  We anticipate the drop to occur around 4:30pm.

Join us for the baseball game! Erie Philharmonic musicians will perform before, during, and after the baseball game. If you’d like tickets to the SeaWolves game on Sunday, June 24 at 1:35pm, use the special offer code ERIEPHIL when you purchase tickets. $3 from each ticket you purchase will be donated to the Erie Philharmonic. Tickets may be purchased at or the UPMC Park Ticket Office starting 3/17/18.

Proceeds benefit 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!


  • You do not need to be present to win.
  • Raffle ticket allows entrance to UPMC Park to watch the ball drop after the conclusion of the game. Please have raffle ticket stub with you.
  • To watch the game, you must have a ticket from the SeaWolves. Please visit or the UPMC Park Ticket Office for tickets to the game.
  • Golf ball drop is weather dependent. Drop will be rescheduled at earliest availability and rescheduled date may not be determined in advance.
  • Winners must be at least 18 years old. Raffle tickets are not tax-deductible. Prizes may be subject to applicable taxes.

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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Join host Music Director Daniel Meyer and Broadway superstar Lisa Vroman for an unforgettable evening of music, food and fun! 

With over 2,500 performances in the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway to her credit, Ms. Vroman is sure to delight and entertain all in attendance.

Event includes open bar, amazing food from the Kahkwa Club, a performance from Ms. Vroman, silent and live auctions and more!

$80 per person 



Delicious food, open bar, silent and live auctions

Live Auction Items (click images to learn more)

Special Guest Lisa Vroman


"One of American musical theatre's most beautiful voices."

- Cameron Mackintosh

Lisa starred for several years on Broadway as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. As Christine, she garnered Theatre Critics' awards for the role in a record breaking run in San Francisco, and did a return engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Ms. Vroman starred as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, making her New York City Opera debut with Paul Sorvino playing the title role. She played the role of Charlotte in A Little Night Music with Michigan Opera Theatre, starring Leslie Uggams and Ron Raines. She starred as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate with both Glimmerglass Opera and the MUNY Theater of St. Louis, and played Marian Paroo in The Music Man with Shirley Jones (Mrs. Paroo) and Patrick Cassidy (Harold Hill) at The Bushnell Theatre in Hartford CT. Lisa sang the role of Birdie in Regina with Utah Opera, conducted by Keith Lockhart; made her New Jersey Opera debut as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (directed by Ira Siff); and premiered and recorded two Comic Operas by composers John Musto (Bastianello) and William Bolcom (Lucrezia) with the New York Festival of Song.

Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love, and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Miserables. For PBS she was featured with Colm Wilkinson and Michael Ball in Cameron Mackintosh's Hey, Mr. Producer! at the Lyceum Theatre in London, a Royal Gala attended by Queen Elizabeth II.  She sang the role of Johanna in the San Francisco Symphony's Emmy Award winning Sweeney Todd in Concert, with Patti Lupone and George Hearn. Both are available on DVD. Lisa starred as Laurey in Oklahoma, filmed live in concert for the BBC Proms Festival at Royal Albert Hall in London, and starred as Mary Turner in Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing/Let 'em Eat Cake in concert with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, directed by Pat Birch. Other roles have included  Lucy Brown in Threepenny Opera at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco with Bebe Neuwirth, Nancy Dussault, and Anika Noni Rose; Laurie in The Tender Land at the Cabrillo Music Festival, with Marin Alsop, conducting; Maria in The Sound Of Music with Tulsa Opera; Josephine in HMS Pinafore and Yum-Yum in The Mikado with the Utah Opera; and Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins with the Utah Symphony,, Florida Symphony, Portland Symphony, and Parnassus Symphony. She has sung Maria in West Side Story, Guenevere in Camelot, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Christine in Maury Yeston's Phantom, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Amalia Balash in She Loves Me, as well as many other well known musical roles.

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