Celebrating Our 100th With A World Premiere

World Premiere This Saturday in Honor of Our 100th Year

November is our 10th birthday and we’re celebrating.  Erie composer Albert Glinsky, below, has written a piece for this special occasion.  Sun Chanter will be premiered on Saturday, November 9 at A Century of Music.  The concert begins at 8 PM at the Warner Theatre.

Glinsky, a professor of music and research fellow at Mercyhurst, is not a stranger to writing music for the Phil. Sun Chanter is his third work to be premiered by the orchestra.  In 1989, conductor Walter Hendl premiered Throne of the Third Heaven (commissioned for the 75th Anniversary), and in 1993, conductor Eiji Oue premiered his Piano Concerto with pianist Neil Rutman as soloist.

Glinsky’s music as been performed widely and in such settings as the Aspen Music Festival, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and throughout Europe and the Far East.  He has received numerous awards and grants and recently completed a commission from the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society for a new work commemorating the 250th anniversary of the city of Pittsburgh, premiered by the Biava Quartet. His Sun Chanter was sponsored by long-time Erie Phil supporters Al and Peggy Richardson.

Also on the program is Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Dvorak’s New World Symphony which was performed in the Phil’s very first season as well as its 25th and 50th anniversary seasons.  In fact, it’s been conducted by 11 of 12 Erie Phil music directors.  The Jr Phil, celebrating 60 years this season, will play side-by-side with the orchestra on the final movement of the New World Symphony.

Classics in the Evening with WQLN’s Wally Faas, a pre-concert discussion, will be presented in the First Niagara Community Room adjacent to the Warner Theatre beginning at 7:15 PM. It is free to ticket holders.

Ticket prices for the show range from $20 – $50. They can be purchased here, by calling the box office at 814-455-1375, or in person at 609 Walnut Street.

This Lincoln Recycling Symphonic Series concert is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan and WQLN Radio.  The 2013-2014 anniversary season is presented by Scott Enterprises.

New Book Captures Our Legacy

A Century of Music – 100 Years of the Erie Philharmonic is a collaborative effort of the 100th anniversary history committee comprised of Erie Phil board members. The book takes readers through the orchestra’s early years, all the music directors, special events, special musical guests and more, with an abundance of photos.

“We’re excited to offer this book to anyone who wants to take a look back at the early years of this wonderful community treasure,” said Tom New, co-chair of the history committee. “It will make a great gift,  especially for the upcoming holidays.”

The committee and the entire Erie Phil would like to offer our special thanks to committee member and volunteer archivist Mary Jean McEwen for her many hours (over 1300) of pouring over records and information to help make this publication possible.

The book will be available for sale at $20 at each Erie Phil concert at the Warner and at the box office at 609 Walnut Street.

It’s Not Too Late To Subscribe

If you attended our first pops or symphonic concert and would like to turn that ticket into a season subscription, it’s not too late.  We’ll credit that ticket toward a symphonic series subscription, pops series subscription or full season subscription.  Enjoy the benefit of knowing your seat is reserved for upcoming performances.

Remember, first-time subscribers can receive a FREE subscription with the purchase of another one at the same value.

Call the office for more information at 814-455-1375.

Take Note

Nov. 6       Annual Youth Concerts, 10 AM & 11:30 AM,  Warner Theatre

Nov. 9        A Century of Music, 8 PM, Warner Theatre

Dec. 3        Jr. Phil Winter Concert, 7:30 PM, Strong Vincent High School

Dec. 4        Jr. Phil Ensembles Concert, 7 PM, Blasco Library
Dec. 7        Come Home for the Holidays, 8 PM, Warner Theatre — Only single seats remaining.

Dec. 8        Come Home for the Holidays, 2 PM, Academy Theatre, Meadville