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📷 Students walking along Aj's Way
Matthew Kraemer Conductor
Roberto Diaz Viola
Milhaud Le Boeuf sur let toit, op.58Roberto Sierra Concerto for ViolaRavel Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose)
The ECO returns for its 37th season of free music with a powerful opening night celebration featuring the world’s preeminent violist – Roberto Diaz. Diaz is currently the President of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and was previously the Principal Viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra. This evening’s festivities include a performance of Sierra’s beloved Concerto for Viola, written for Diaz, along with masterpieces from both Milhaud and Ravel. Join us for the perfect start to this monumental season!
Chaplin City Lights
The baggy pants. The cane. The mustache. And oh, that bowler hat. The Tramp—the character Charlie Chaplin created who is now so recognizable—made his first appearance 100 years ago. Now catch him in City Lights, praised by filmmakers, actors, and critics as one of the greatest films ever made. Written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, this masterpiece of the silent era is presented on the silver screen with the ECO performing the musical score live. Coinciding with this concert will be the release of the ECO’s first professionally recorded CD entitled “The Sounds of the Silents.” City Lights © Roy Export S.A.S
Music for City Lights Copyright © Roy Export Company Establishment and Bourne Co. except
"La Violetera" © José Padilla. All rights reserved
She-e Wu Marimba
Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez Violin
David Graham Flute
Beth Etter Harpsichord
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050, D majorBeethoven Grosse Fuge, op. 133Eric Ewazen Concerto for Marimba and Strings
Compositional masters from across the centuries come together on one exciting concert. World-renowned marimbist She-e Wu will leave you breathless with her rendition of the luscious Ewazen Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, the second of our three concerti by living, American composers. Delightfully coupled with this is Bach’s exquisite Brandenburg Concerto No.5, led by Maureen Conlon, principal flutist David Graham and harpsichordist Beth Etter. Rounding out the program is Beethoven’s legendary Grosse Fuge.
Shannon Kessler Dooley Soprano
The holidays come home with this fresh and inspiring classical celebration for the Christmas season. Maureen Conlon showcases her transcendent skill of the violin, alongside the angelic voice of soprano Shannon Kessler Dooley, already an Erie favorite. With works from Schubert, Vivaldi, Piazzolla and many more, spending the holidays with the ECO remains the hottest ticket in town.
Peter Boyer Ellis Island
This decidedly new approach for this revered concert offers something for everyone as we look to tell the most powerful of all stories; the triumph of the human spirit. The first half of our program will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through both music and words, while the second half celebrates the triumph of the human spirit with a captivating presentation of the masterpiece Ellis Island. An unforgettable musical and cinematic experience.
Beethoven Symphony No. 3, op.55, E-flat Major (Eroica)
Napoleon vs. Beethoven. Few relationships within the history of classical music offer such a powerful narrative on a geopolitical scale; the story of Beethoven feverishly crossing out the symphony’s original title has long since passed into legend. With this groundbreaking concert, Maestro Kraemer takes you inside the story behind Beethoven’s masterpiece, offering a full multimedia experience that will captivate audiences of all ages!
Mozart Die ZauberFlote, K. 620 (The Magic Flute)
The ECO is once again delighted to make history with our first presentation of a concert opera – The Magic Flute. A celebration of true love conquering all, Mozart’s delightful masterpiece transports us into an enchanted world where good faces off against the forces of darkness; the perfect blend of high comedy and serious drama. Maestro Kraemer and the ECO hope you will join us for this memorable night at the opera!
Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick Piano
Slippery Rock University Concert Choir
Stephen Barr Director of Choirs
Wolf Scherzo and FinaleBeethoven Fantasia, Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, op. 80Schumann Symphony No. 4, op. 120, d minor
Nationally recognized piano soloist, lecturer and neuroscience enthusiast Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick collaborates with the ECO, the Barber National Institute and the Slippery Rock University Concert Choir for a one-of-a-kind concert. In residency for over a week during Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Summa-Chadwick will present lectures and recitals across the city focusing on her scholarly work in the field of Music Therapy and Technology. Our Friday evening concert features Dr. Summa-Chadwick and the triumphant return of the Slippery Rock University Concert Choir, highlighting the works of composers with mental afflictions; Wolf, Beethoven and Schumann. A powerful, community-wide festival for audiences of all ages.
Bonita Boyd Flute
Beethoven Egmont: OvertureMelinda Wagner Concerto for flute, strings and percussionKodaly Dances of Marosszek (Marosszeki tancok)Dvorak Czech Suite, op. 398, D major (Ceska suita)
Our 37th season concludes with a lively, exciting concert featuring four eclectic pieces spanning the musical timeline. Bonita Boyd, professor at the Eastman School of Music and one of the most respected flautists in the world, presents our third concerto of the season from living, American composers; Melinda Wagner’s Concerto for flute, strings and percussion. Rounding out the concert, as well as this unforgettable season, are selections from Beethoven, Kodaly and Dvorak.