2014-2015 Season

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  • Striking Similarities

    November 7th, 2014 - 7:30pmShe-e1

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor                                   

    She-e Wu Marimba

    Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez Violin

    David Graham Flute

    Beth Etter Harpsichord

    Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050, D major
    Beethoven Grosse Fuge, op. 133
    Eric 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.

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

  • Classical Christmas

    December 12th, 2014 - 7:30pmDecember1

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor                                   

    Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez Violin

    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.

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

  • Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    January 16th, 2015 - 7:30pmMLKnew1

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor                                   


    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.

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

  • Enter Eroica - A Multimedia Experience

    February 20th, 2015 - 7:30pmnapoleon

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor                                   

    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!

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

  • The Magic Flute in Concert

    March 13th, 2015 - 7:30pmMagicFlute1

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor
    Stephanie Havey Artistic DirectormagicRoster
    James Flora Tamino
    Gail Novak First Lady
    Katie Drago Second Lady
    Olga Flora Third Lady
    John Dooley Papageno
    Natalie Polito Queen of the Night
    Joseph Gaines Monostatos
    Shannon Dooley Pamina
    Marc Webster Sarastro

    Additional roles will be cast locally in winter 2015.

    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!

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

  • The Burden of Genius

    April 17th, 2015 - 7:30pmMartha2

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor                                   

    Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick Piano

    Slippery Rock University Concert Choir

    Stephen Barr Director of Choirs

    Wolf Scherzo and Finale
    Beethoven Fantasia, Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, op. 80
    Schumann 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.

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

  • Season Finale

    June 5th, 2015 - 7:30pmBonnie1

    Matthew Kraemer Conductor                                   

    Bonita Boyd Flute

    Beethoven Egmont: Overture
    Melinda Wagner Concerto for flute, strings and percussion
    Kodaly 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.

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