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Matthew Kraemer ConductorRoman Mekinulov Cello
Arriaga Los Esclavos Felices Overture del Aguila Concierto en TangoDebussy Petite SuiteFalla El Amor Brujo Suite
Hundreds of concerts, not one ticket sold! Our 38th season starts with a musical trip around the world featuring masterworks both new and old. Selections from Debussy and de Falla are paired brilliantly with works from Arriaga and del Aguila. Special guests include Roman Mekinulov, Principal Cellist of the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Grammy-nominated composer Miguel del Aguila, hailed by The New Yorker Magazine as “…dependably brilliant…”
Matthew Kraemer Conductor
The collaboration between director Alfred Hitchcock and composer Bernard Herrmann resulted in a series of unforgettable films — and the pinnacle of their efforts together is perhaps the most terrifying and powerful movie score of all time. Remember how it starts? Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) impulsively steals $40,000 from her employer, hoping to start a new life. She decides to stop for the night at the Bates Motel, where Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) regales her with curious stories about his mother. And then . . . Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this 1960 cinematic classic as you’ve never seen (or heard) it before! The film will be projected on a large screen above the Warner Theatre stage while the orchestra performs the original film soundtrack live. What better way to spend your Halloween night than with the ECO? Everyone is encouraged to come in their favorite Halloween costume.Click here to watch an exclusive movie trailer!The night concludes with a masquerade ball - stay tuned for information on how to purchase tickets. Presented in conjunction with the Eerie Horror Fest
Matthew Kraemer ConductorMidori Violin
Copland Music for MoviesRozsa Hungarian SerandeHermann Silent NoonKorngold Concerto, Violin, op. 35
Since the young age of 11, Midori has been astounding concert audiences the world over with her transcendent skill of the violin. In the ultimate tribute to Bruce Morton Wright’s legacy of presenting one-a-of-kind concerts to the Erie community, the ECO is honored to present one of the most wildly sought-after violinists in the world right here, in our own backyard. For free. Continuing our exploration into the Golden Age of movies, Midori’s Korngold concerto is surrounded by concert works from notable film composers Bernard Hermann, Aaron Copland and Miklos Rozsa, making this the breathtaking music event of the season!
Bradley Thachuk Guest ConductorSteven Stull NarratorSharon Downey Choir DirectorCathedral of St. Paul Children's Choir
Blake The SnowmanDr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Snowman, an Academy Award-nominated animated film, is based on Raymond Briggs’ classic children’s book of the same name. Hear the ECO perform Howard Blake’s beautiful soundtrack – including its most famous song, Walking in the Air – live with the film. Rounding out this family-themed program is a telling of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with live orchestral accompaniment and narration. The perfect holiday event for audiences of all ages!
Matthew Kraemer ConductorJames Thompson Trumpet
Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, op. 10Haydn Trumpet Concerto Mozart Symphony, L. 196, La Finta GiardinieraArban Carnival of VeniceTchaikovsky Suite No. 4, Mozartiana
For our fifth concert of the season, the ECO is proud to continue our collaboration with the vaunted Eastman School of Music. This season, we welcome James Thompson, professor from this legendary music conservatory and former Principal Trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony, for a performance Haydn’s beloved Trumpet Concerto. Interwoven into this show are two vivid adaptations from composers Tchaikovsky and Britten. Frank Bridge was viewed as having an enormous influence on the life of Benjamin Britten, leading him to say "If anything happened to my musical father, I don't know what I should do."
Matthew Kraemer ConductorEdward Pleasant BaritoneJean Snyder Speaker
Dvorak Symphony No. 9, op. 95, From the New World
While the music from Dvorak’s New World Symphony may be familiar to all, the story behind this symphony might come as a surprise to many. Enter Erie’s own Harry T. Burleigh. Join us for a musical adventure behind the score of this orchestral masterpiece as we look to discover the true sources of inspiration behind Dvorak’s legendary work.
Matthew Kraemer ConductorStephanie Havey Stage DirectorCast to be announced in Fall of 2015
Puccini Madame Butterfly
Building upon our wildly successful semi-staged production of the Magic Flute in our 2014-2015 season, the ECO again turns to the world of opera! Giacomo Puccini’s tragic tale of the beautiful young Japanese woman who is loved and betrayed by an American Naval Officer at the dawn of the 20th century; classic elegance meets a timeless work. This concert production with stunning music and soaring vocals will bring to life both the clash of cultures and her ultimate sacrifice, featuring a cast of local, regional and national talent.
Matthew Kraemer ConductorMaureen Conlon ViolinHilary Philipp OboeGeoffrey Wands ClarinetSarah Taylor BassoonChris Rapier HornSteven A. Woods Choir DirectorErie Renaissance Singers
Dolanc Stars AloneMozart Sinfonia Concertante, K. 297Vaughan Williams The Lark AscendingSchubert Symphony No. 5, D. 485
The talented musicians of the ECO, composers and performers alike, are on display for our eighth exciting concert of the season. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante proves to be the ideal avenue for us to showcase the musicians who represent the past, present and future of the ECO, while Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, performed by ECO Concertmaster Maureen Conlon, will leave you both transfixed and breathless.
Also debuting on this concert is a world-premiere commission from award-winning Erie composer, and ECO violinist, Christina Dolanc written exclusively for the ECO and the Erie Renaissance Singers.
Help us celebrate these treasured local artists!
Matthew Kraemer ConductorSal Andolina Clarinet
Weill Suite from Threepenny OperaMilhaud La Creation du monde, op. 81a, The Creation of the WorldBenny Goodman Selections
Our 38th season concludes with an incredible evening of jazz music. Weill’s Threepenny Opera, as noted by Aaron Copland, “presents the perfect image of that hopeless and stressful time in Berlin.” This powerful work, along with music from Milhaud’s jazz-ballet The Creation of the World, serves as the prelude to an unforgettable Benny Goodman tribute from world-renowned clarinetist Sal Andolina. The perfect toe-tapping way to conclude our exciting season. Hope to see you there!