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October


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October


Opening Night

October 15th - 8pm

 

Daniel Meyer conductor

Ken Johnston violin

 

Stravinsky Petrushka (1947)

Glazunov Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake

 

Join us in the First Niagara Community Room for Classics in the Evening, a pre-concert talk hosted by Brian Hannah before every Symphonic concert starting at 7:15pm.

Opening night of our Lincoln Recycling Symphonic Series features some of the most dramatic works written for orchestra by Russian composers. We start with Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka, originally a ballet commissioned by Diaghilev and danced by the Ballet Russes in Paris, 1911. The music brings a puppet to life during a raucous Shrovetide Fair. He, of course, falls for the beautiful ballerina, but brutal circumstances keep Petrushka from realizing his romantic fantasies. The music throughout is poignant, tender, violent, and tragic. We will then feature our own Concertmaster, Ken Johnston, as violin soloist. The glowing Glazunov Violin Concerto is a perfect vehicle for Ken’s innate musicality and mastery of the instrument. We bring the evening to a close with favorite selections from Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet, Swan Lake. With music so vivid in its ability to paint a scene, the music from Swan Lake is just as stirring and colorful in a concert presentation as it can be in the ballet pit.



Special Event

October 10th - 7:30pm

 

Ken Johnston violin

Nathan Hess piano

 

Join Erie Philharmonic concertmaster Ken Johnston for an intimate recital as part of our Opening Night Symphonic Series week.  This free recital will be hosted in partnership with the Erie County Public Library and presented in the beautiful Hirt Auditorium.


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November


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November


Classical Rivalries

November 12th - 8pm

 

Daniel Meyer conductor

Demarre McGill flute

 

Salieri Sinfonia, "Veneziana"

Mozart Flute Concerto No. 1

Rossini Overture from William Tell

Beethoven Symphony No. 8

 

Join us in the First Niagara Community Room for Classics in the Evening, a pre-concert talk hosted by Brian Hannah before every Symphonic concert starting at 7:15pm.

 

In November, we look into composer rivalries both real and imagined. Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus created a fascinating (yet spurious?) look into the jealousies of a capable artist, Salieri, when he is forced to compete with an undisputed genius, Mozart. While today Mozart is by far the more highly-regarded figure, it is sometimes fun to compare and contrast the two, as we do when we pit Salieri’s charming Sinfonia Veneziana against Mozart’s Concerto for Flute in G Major. Guest soloist Demarre McGill currently serves as Principal Flute of the Dallas Symphony and will make his Erie Philharmonic debut. We continue with Rossini vs. Beethoven. Historians like to pit the so-called misanthropic, misunderstood deaf genius Beethoven against the life-loving operatic genius Rossini. We will investigate this rivalry when we perform Rossini’s William Tell Overture and officially launch our four-year celebration of Beethoven 4/4 with his brilliant and charming Symphony No. 8.


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January


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January


Sibelius

January 21st - 8pm

 

Daniel Meyer conductor

Soyeon Kate Lee piano

 

Smetana The Moldau from Má vlast

Bartók Piano Concerto No. 3

Sibelius Symphony No. 2

 

Join us in the First Niagara Community Room for Classics in the Evening, a pre-concert talk hosted by Brian Hannah before every Symphonic concert starting at 7:15pm.

 

The Philharmonic will look into the music of composers who are strongly linked to the landscapes around them. Czech composer Smetana wrote an entire set of tone poems inspired by his countryside in Má vlast. We begin with arguably the most famous of those tone poems, The Moldau. With its rollicking undercurrent and sonic splashes, it beautifully depicts how the famous river winds its way through the Bohemian Forest. Soyeon Kate Lee makes her Philharmonic debut with Bartók’s evocative and nature-inspired Piano Concerto No. 3. From its inclusion of birdsong to the
earthiness of its folkdance rhythms, Bartók’s Third is the one most connected to the outdoors. The evening culminates with a performance of Sibelius’ Second Symphony. A sweeping musical statement in four movements, Sibelius’ symphony is motivated by an obvious affinity to nature and an emotional fervor that is inspired by his deeply-rooted pride of Finland.


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March


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March


Emanuel Ax

March 11th - 8pm

 

Daniel Meyer conductor

Emanuel Ax piano

Sari Gruber soprano

 

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"

Mahler Symphony No. 4

 

Join us in the First Niagara Community Room for Classics in the Evening, a pre-concert talk hosted by Brian Hannah before every Symphonic concert starting at 7:15pm.

 

World-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax makes his Erie Philharmonic debut in a very special evening of two composer-titans, Beethoven and Mahler. As a pianist of the highest order in virtuosity and musicianship, Emanuel Ax is considered one of the most important interpreters of Beethoven in our generation. He will take on Concerto No. 5, the ‘Emperor,’ in his contribution to our Beethoven 4/4 celebration and also donate a week of his time to the Erie community in special appearances and performances. The concert will conclude with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, a beautiful, imaginative journey inspired by nature and firmly planted in song. The symphony’s final movement features a touching appearance of soprano Sari Gruber, singing a description of heaven from a child’s perspective.


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April


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April


The 'Organ' Symphony

April 8th - 8pm

 

Daniel Meyer conductor

Erie Philharmonic Chorus

Dr. Gabrielle Dietrich director

Slippery Rock University Combined Choir

Dr. Stephen Barr director

 

Bach/Elgar Fantasia and Fugue in c minor

Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem

Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, "Organ"

 

Join us in the First Niagara Community Room for Classics in the Evening, a pre-concert talk hosted by Brian Hannah before every Symphonic concert starting at 7:15pm.

 

Our 16-17 season ends in April with sonic splendor.  We begin with a transcription of Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in c minor as only the brilliant English composer Edward Elgar could re-create.  The original Fantasia was written for the organ; Elgar’s orchestration gives this brilliant work new life, in full symphonic depth and color.  We then perform Vaughan Williams’ searing Dona Nobis Pacem, featuring the voices of the Erie Philharmonic Chorus and two soloists from the Pittsburgh Opera.  With its inventive pairing of liturgical Latin texts with World War I poetry by Walt Whitman, this passionate music reveals the drama, sorrow, and emotional scars that war can leave on our psyches.  To complete the concert and our symphonic season, we perform Saint-Saëns’ brilliant Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ.’  In this symphony, Saint-Saëns discreetly weaves the color of the organ into the fabric of the work and then ‘pulls out all the stops’ in a finale that will simply leave the Warner Theatre shaking.  It is a sonic display that you simply have to experience live, and we are bringing it to you in our season of captivating music with the Erie Philharmonic.