2015-2016 Season

  • Opening Night Celebration

    September 19th, 2015 - 7:30pm1516Sept

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor
    Roman Mekinulov Cello

    Arriaga  Los Esclavos Felices Overture 
    del Aguila Concierto en Tango
    Debussy Petite Suite
    Falla 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…”

    Cathedral Prep Auditorium
    250 West 10th Street, Erie, PA

  • Psycho with Orchestra

    October 31st, 2015 - 8:00pm (note later start time)1516Oct

    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.

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    The night concludes with a masquerade ball - stay tuned for information on how to purchase tickets. Presented in conjunction with the Eerie Horror Fest

    Warner Theatre
    811 State Street, Erie, PA1516Oct2

  • Midori

    November 21st, 2015 - 7:30pm1516Nov

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor
    Midori Violin

    Copland Music for Movies
    Rozsa Hungarian Serande
    Hermann Silent Noon
    Korngold 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!

    Cathedral Prep Auditorium
    250 West 10th Street, Erie, PA

  • A Family Christmas

    December 12th, 2015 - 7:30pm1516Dec

    Bradley Thachuk Guest Conductor
    Steven Stull Narrator
    Sharon Downey Choir Director
    Cathedral of St. Paul Children's Choir

    Blake The Snowman
    Dr. 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!

    Cathedral Prep Auditorium
    250 West 10th Street, Erie, PA

  • Adoration and Adaptations

    January 16th, 2016 - 7:30pm1516Jan

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor
    James Thompson Trumpet

    Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, op. 10
    Haydn Trumpet Concerto
    Mozart Symphony, L. 196, La Finta Giardiniera
    Arban Carnival of Venice
    Tchaikovsky 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."    

    Cathedral Prep Auditorium
    250 West 10th Street, Erie, PA

  • Deep River: The Music of Harry Burleigh and Antonin Dvorak

    February 13th, 2016 - 7:30pm1516Feb

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor
    Edward Pleasant Baritone
    Jean 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.

    Cathedral Prep Auditorium
    250 West 10th Street, Erie, PA

  • Madame Butterfly

    March 12th, 2016 - 7:30pm1516Mar

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor
    Stephanie Havey Stage Director
    Cast 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.

    Cathedral Prep Auditorium
    250 West 10th Street, Erie, PA

  • ECO on Display

    April 23, 2016 - 7:30pm1516Apr

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor
    Maureen Conlon Violin
    Hilary Philipp Oboe
    Geoffrey Wands Clarinet
    Sarah Taylor Bassoon
    Chris Rapier Horn
    Steven A. Woods Choir Director
    Erie Renaissance Singers

    Dolanc Stars Alone
    Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, K. 297
    Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
    Schubert 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!

    First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
    250 West 7th Street, Erie, PA

  • Jazz - From Paris to Hollywood

    June 4th, 2016 - 7:30pm1516June

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor
    Sal Andolina Clarinet

    Weill Suite from Threepenny Opera
    Milhaud La Creation du monde, op. 81a, The Creation of the World
    Benny 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!

    Cathedral Prep Auditorium
    250 West 10th Street, Erie, PA