Erie Philharmonic scheduled to kick off the season on Oct. 15

Concert features Russian composers

By Rick Chernicky/ 

The Erie Philharmonic will start its season at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Warner Theatre. Ken Johnston will be the featured artist playing in October for the Erie Philharmonic, as he will perform a violin concerto which was originally written by Alexander Glazunov. Glazunov was a Russian composer, teacher and conductor. In fact, the entire show will be based around Russian music and will feature music from composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky.

The Philharmonic will even be hosting a free recital as part of the opening night symphonic series week. Audience members will have the opportunity to meet Johnston and pianist Nathan Hess. In partnership with the Erie County Public Library, the recital will take place in Hirt Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10.

Can’t make the October shows? No need to worry; the Erie Philharmonic will be performing up until April! There are plenty more featured artists to look forward to as a new artist will add his or her own flare to the orchestra each month. Single tickets vary from $20-$55 per seat and may be purchased online in advance.

The Erie Philharmonic came to life Nov. 30, 1913, when the Erie Symphonic Orchestra, a 50 piece ensemble under the direction of Franz Kohler, presented a concert of “Sacred Music.” The 2016-17 season serves as the 103rd season of the orchestra. Daniel Meyer has been the music director of the Erie Philharmonic since the summer of 2007.