Everyone in Erie should have the opportunity to hear the works of Beethoven live at least once in their lifetimes.

With this vision statement, the Erie Philharmonic is proud to continue our Beethoven 4/4 Festival. 

This four-year initiative, leading up to the composer's 250th birthday in 2020, will feature free performances, master works, world-renowned soloists, outreach events and more. 

Woven into the fabric of each season, this festival puts the Philharmonic front and center, presenting once-in-a-lifetime concerts and events for audiences of all ages from the Erie region.  

2018-19 Festival Events

August 25, 2018 – Beethoven Street Fair, 5K and 1M Walk

  • Free concert in Perry Square featuring Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony

  • Beat Beethoven 5K and 1 mile walk

  • Local arts and health organizations, vendors and food trucks will again line the square

October 20, 2018 – Commemorative Wine Release

  • Launch of new Grüner Veltliner, created exclusively by Mazza for our Beethoven 4/4 Festival

  • Hosted at South Shore Winery

  • Proceeds benefit Music Takes Action, the Junior League of Erie and the Erie Philharmonic’s 60-day long-term preschool residency

November 3, 2018 – Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss

  • Performance of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture

January 26, 2019 – Copland’s Third

  • Performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3

April 13, 2019 – Brahms Requiem

  • Performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, “Serioso”, arranged by Gustav Mahler

Mazza Partnership

We are proud to be partnering with Mazza Vineyards and Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing for our Beethoven 4/4 Festival. 

Each year we will feature one signature drink in celebration of Beethoven’s journey from young composer to larger-than-life icon.

The third year of our Beethoven 4/4 festival will feature a wine produced from the Grüner Veltliner grape, native to Austria. Though Beethoven was German-born, he studied composition and lived all of his adult life in Austria. Celebrate the composer with this award-winning wine known for its explosive fruit palate, a bright aroma and color.

The second year of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival (2017-18) featured a genever.  Genever is a traditional spirit produced in Holland and the surrounding areas since the 16th century, and is the older and more complex precursor to Dutch gin.  Rich, sweet flavors come from the malt-based spirit, produced in the old style, with accents from the juniper and herbs.

The first year of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival (2016-17) featured a beer inspired by Beethoven’s birthplace – Cologne. This Kölsch Ale was available in 750 mL commemorative bottles (at Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing in Westfield, NY) as well as on tap at various restaurants across the city. 


We’re excited to introduce our Beethoven Commemorative Grüner Veltliner as part of our continuing partnership with the Erie Philharmonic. The Beethoven Commemorative Grüner Veltliner is a crisp white wine with notes of fresh stone fruit and a fine mineralogy. Check out these special food pairings at participating restaurants through November 18th below.

You can also purchase bottles of the Beethoven Commemorative Grüner Veltliner at South Shore Wine Company and the Mazza Wine Shop at Fuhrman’s Cider Mill and General Store.

Click here to learn more:  enjoymazza.com and Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing.

2018-19 Beethoven 4/4 Festival Repertoire

August 25 - Symphony NO. 5

November 3 - Coriolan Overture

January 26 - Piano Concerto No. 3

April 13 - String Quartet, 'Serioso'
(version to be performed arranged for full orchestra by Gustav Mahler)