2016-2017 Season

  • Tango and Travels

    Sept 2016

    September 17, 2016 | 7:30pm

    Meet the Maestro | 6:30pm

    Kelly Corcoran, ECO Music Director Candidate | Hilary Philipp, oboe

                    Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (“Fingal’s Cave”), Op. 26 

                    Bohuslav Martinu: Oboe Concerto, H. 353 

                    Osvaldo Golijov: Last Round 

                    W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 38, K. 504 (“Prague”) 

    The ECO opens its season with a trip around the world! Join guest conductor Kelly Corcoran on a musical journey from Europe to South America and back. This program features Mendelssohn’s impressions of Scottish caves, Golijov’s tribute to the Argentinian tango, and finishes with Mozart’s composition of Prague. Come join us for an international event as we set sail on the ECO’s 39th season!

    Luther Memorial Church
    225 W. 10th St Erie, PA

  • Inspired by the Classics

    Oct

    October 22, 2016 | 7:30pm

    Pre-concert talk | 6:30pm

    Matthew Kraemer, Music Director | Jinjoo Cho, violin

                    Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”)  

                    W. A. Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 

                    Francis Poulenc: Sinfonietta 

    The Gold Medalist of the 2014 Violin Competition of Indianapolis and international soloist Jinjoo Cho returns to Erie to perform Mozart’s Turkish-inspired Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major. In a program sure to delight, the ECO performs Sergei Prokofiev’s homage to Mozart and Haydn in his wildly virtuousitic “Classical Symphony,” as well as French composer Francis Poulenc’s neoclassical dance work, Sinfonietta.  

    Luther Memorial Church
    225 W. 10th St Erie, PA

     

  • Mozart and Laughter

    Nov 2016

    November 19, 2016 | 7:30pm

    Meet the Maestro | 6:30pm

    Charles Latshaw, ECO Music Director Candidate | Maureen Conlon, violin | Andrés Cárdenes, viola

    Jacques Ibert: Hommage à Mozart 

    W.A. Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat major, K.364/320d  

    Joseph Haydn: Toy Symphony (“Kindersinfonie”) in G Major    

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.1, Op.21 in C Major 

    Mozart is known as one of the greatest composers of all-time, and this month’s ECO concert pays tribute to not only Mozart’s genius, but his sense of humor, as well. The toy chest of Joseph Haydn is featured in his “Kindersinfonie”, a piece that includes a cuckoo and toy trumpet! Rounding out the program is the famous Sinfonia Concertante of Mozart himself, featuring ECO concertmaster Maureen Conlon and the great Andrés Cárdenes on viola. 

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

  • Christmas Cornucopia

    Dec 2016

    December 10, 2016 | 7:30pm

    Andrew Rainbow, guest conductor | Kate Amatuzzo, soprano 

    Selections to include  

     John Rutter: Magnificat  

    Favorite Christmas Melodies

    Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long

    Come celebrate the holiday season with an eclectic Christmas playlist performed by the ECO! Our annual holiday concert will feature the beautiful Magnificat of John Rutter for orchestra and chorus, along with favorite holiday songs from Broadway and beyond! Warm up your vocal chords for our sing-along at the close of the program – a great way to spend the holiday! 

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

     
  • Old and New

    Jan 2017

    January 14, 2017 | 7:30pm 

    Meet the Maestro | 6:30 pm

    Vincent Danner, ECO Music Director Candidate | Chris Rapier, horn 

    Jacques Ibert: Divertissment 

    George Walker: Lyric for Strings (1946) 

    Joseph Haydn: Horn Concerto No.1 in D major, Hob.VIId:3 

    W.A. Mozart: Symphony No.39 in E-flat major, K.543 

    Old and new alike meet in this concert, as we feature the little “diversion” of Jacques Ibert, a work based off of incidental music for “The Italian Straw Hat.” Then, the ECO performs music of George Walker, a living composer who was the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for composition. We round out the program with classics of old, featuring a horn concerto of Haydn and Mozart’s eloquent Symphony No. 39. 

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

  • The Apotheosis of Dance

    Feb 2017

    February 18, 2017 | 7:30pm

    Meet the Maestro | 6:30pm

    Bradley Thachuk, ECO Music Director Candidate | David Graham, flute 

    Zoltan Kodaly: Dances of Galánta 

    Gordon Jacob: Flute Concerto   

    Beethoven: Symphony No.7, Op.92 in A Major 

    None other than Richard Wagner referred to the lively rhythms of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony as the “apotheosis of dance.” A work of unrelenting energy, Beethoven 7 has remained one of the most popular and enduring works of the classical repertoire. Complementing the Beethoven is another dance work, Kodaly’s Dances of Galánta, which featured the folk rhythms of modern-day Slovakia. Come with your dance shoes on for this lively event!

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


  • A Global Walkabout

    Mar 2017

    March 18, 2017 | 7:30pm

    Meet the Maestro | 6:30pm

    Leslie Dunner, ECO Music Director Candidate | Thomas Mesa, cello 

    Arvo Part: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten 

    Joesph Haydn: Cello Concerto No.1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1 

    Gabriela Frank: Leyendas (Legends): An Andean Walkabout 

    Alberto Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes, Op.23 

    The ECO celebrates cultures around the world with this eclectic program featuring Cuban-born cellist and Sphinx competition winner, Thomas Mesa. Rounding out this program is a work of simplicity and depth by Estonian composer Arvo Part, the Argentinian folk music-inspired Variaciones Concertantes of Ginastera, and finally an Andean Walkabout of Gabriela Frank, a work that incorporates South American mythology, art, poetry, and folk music into western classical forms, reflecting her Peruvian-Jewish heritage. 

    Luther Memorial Church
    225 West 10th Street, Erie, PA

  • Michael Ludwig

    May 2017

    May 13, 2017 | 7:30pm

    Pre-concert talk | 6:30pm

    Matthew Kraemer, conductor | Michael Ludwig, violin

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61  

    Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.104 in D major, Hob.I:104 

    Michael Ludwig, international soloist and former associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, returns to Erie to perform Beethoven’s grand violin concert with the Erie Chamber Orchestra! Audiences will remember Michael’s performance of the Korngold in our 2015-2016 season, and we are thrilled to have him back with the ECO! Also on this program is Haydn’s most famous symphony, his “London” Symphony.  

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

  • La Traviata

    June 2017

    June 3, 2017 | 7:30pm

    Pre-concert talk | 6:30pm

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor

    Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata 

    The original “Pretty Woman”, Verdi’s Parisian romance tells a tragic tale of a woman finding herself between two worlds, and a love that is doomed. Come hear the soaring melodies of Violetta and Alfredo in one of Verdi’s most timeless works. This concert version of La Traviata will feature a cast of regional and national talent. 

    Church of the Covenant
    250 West 10th Street, Erie, PA

    Joe Luckey Recital Series

    Strange Bedfellows

    February 10, 2017 | 7:30pm

    Hilary Philipp, oboe | Amber Rogers, viola | Ruth Ann Scanzillo, piano

    ECO members Ruth Ann Scanzillo, Hilary Philipp and Amber Rogers present music for an unlikely trio: oboe, viola and piano! Come hear a tapestry of new sounds with the ECO’s talented musicians.

    Luther Memorial Church
    225 W. 10th St Erie, PA

    History of the Harpsichord

    March 13, 2017 | 7:30pm

    Beth Etter, harpsichord

    Join ECO pianist Beth Etter as she presents the history and music of the harpsichord. A combined lecture and recital, this event is a must-see for all keyboard enthusiasts!

    Yehl Ballroom
    Gannon University

    Erie Composers

    April 24, 2017 | 7:30pm

    Featuring works of Christina Dolanc & Stephen Colantti

    Hot off the presses! Come hear music written in Erie for Erie performers! This concert will feature new works of award-winning composers Christina Dolanc and Stephen Colantti, Also featured on this program will be work of the students from Perseus Charter School for Excellence.

    Cathedral of St. Paul
    134 W. 7th St Erie, PA

    Presque Isle Saxophone Quartet

    May 15, 2017 | 7:30pm

    The Erie Chamber Orchestra welcomes the Presque Isle saxophone quartet for an eclectic program of classical and jazz music for saxophones.

    Cathedral of St. Paul
    134 W. 7th St Erie, PA