Erie Chamber Orchestra To Perform Concerts In Schools This Week

ECO Schools ConcertsPosted: March 3, 2015

The Erie Chamber Orchestra begins one of the busiest two-week intervals in its history with a series of two concerts for students in Erie's Roman Catholic elementary schools.

The two, half-hour long concerts, will take place March 3 at 9:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. at Cathedral Preparatory School Auditorium, 250 W. 10th St. Students from Blessed Sacrament, Holy Family, Our Lady's Christian School, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Our Lady of Peace, St. Boniface, St. George, St. Gregory St. James, St. Luke, St. Peter Cathedral School and Villa Maria Elementary will enjoy a program entitled "Tall Tales and Long Tails."

Based on the classic "Peter and the Wolf," the concert focuses on the storytelling aspect of music and the decisions a composer makes in order to make music sound a certain way.

"Seeing how this program is geared specifically towards students in grades K-3, we can easily assume that this might be their first experience seeing an orchestra perform live," Said Steve Weiser, general manager of the orchestra, which is in residence at Gannon University. "By mixing fantastic music with a powerful story, we ensure that these students will take home valuable musical lessons, mixed in with English, science, geography and history topics as well."

Next Friday, the Erie Chamber Orchestra will present Mozart's penultimate opera, "Die Zauberfloete (The Magic Flute)" at 7:30 p.m. at Cathedral Prep Auditorium. The concert, like every concert in the orchestra's history, is free and open to the public.