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Mission of the Erie Philharmonic

The mission of the Erie Philharmonic is to strengthen our community and region by providing high quality live orchestra concerts and programs that enrich, entertain, and educate people of all ages.

Adopted at the Annual Stakeholders’ Meeting – June 8, 2006


About the Philharmonic

Sporadic efforts to establish a symphonic orchestra in Erie date back to the early years of the musician’s union in the late 1890s. All met with a less than enthusiastic response on the part of the general public. However, since the city possessed a number of outstanding musicians, the attempts continued. That which came closest to succeeding was initiated by Albert Glaser, music director at the Maennerchor Club, in November, 1912. Glaser’s group of 40 to 50 players rehearsed faithfully for an ambitious program which was to be offered the following April. For some reason the concert, which was to include Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite,” was cancelled at the last minute. It would be just a few more months before symphonic music in Erie would finally be born under the guidance of Franz Kohler.

One of the most exciting aspects of any orchestral season is the participation of distinguished guest artists. Throughout its 95-year history, the Erie Philharmonic has brought some of the world’s greatest musicians to Erie to perform with our orchestra, including the renowned artists listed below.

  • Joseph Fuchs, Violinist
  • William Warfield, Baritone
  • Itzhak Perlman, Violinist
  • Doc Severinsen
  • Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist
  • Duke Ellington
  • Helen Traubel, Soprano
  • Jascha Heifetz, Violinist
  • Andres Segovia, Guitarist
  • Santiago Rodriguez, Pianist
  • Anton Kuerti, Pianist
  • Dudley Moore
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