A Historical Timeline

1913 November 30 First concert by Erie Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Franz Kohler, at Colonial Theatre on Peach St. before audience of 750.
1914 April 19 First concert at Park Theatre on Perry Square, featuring world premiere performance of the Henry Vincent “Suite.”
1916 February 20 Final concert of the Erie Symphony Orchestra
1921 January 30 First concert of the re-organized Erie Second Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henry Vincent at Academy High School.
1921 February 8 First concert of the First Philharmonic, conducted by Eugene Haesener at the Central Presbyterian Church, Corner of 10th and Sassafrass St.
1922 December 10 Erie Battalion offers to broadcast symphony concerts by radiophone over its transmitting station WOAV.
1926 May 2 Final performance of the Second Symphony Orchestra
1932 February 7 First concert by the Second Philharmonic conducted by John Metcalf at Strong Vincent High School.
1937 January 12 Premiere performance in Erie of Rimsky-Korsakov symphonic suite “Scheherazade.”
1941 November 6 Erie Philharmonic disbanded for duration of World War II.
1947 September 23 Erie Philharmonic Incorporated
1948 April 5 Western Hemisphere premiere performance of the Serge Prokofiev “Symphonic Suite, 1941.”
1948 April 19 First “Pops” concert.
1949 December 6 Western Hemisphere premiere performance of the Gustav Mahler “Symphony No. 10 (Unfinished).”
1953 December 8 First annual symphonic performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” with recently organized Erie Philharmonic Chorus.
1956 April 25 First public appearance of the Erie Junior Philharmonic
1958 October 21 First concert at Technical Memorial High School
1963 October 22 Philharmonic launches 50th anniversary season, playing the first of six commissioned works.
1967 October 16 John Gosling conducts his first Opening Night Concert
1968 January 18 First out-of-town performance by Philharmonic at Allegheny College
1973 October 17 Debut of conductor Harold Bauer with Philharmonic
1974 October 8 First concert at the Warner Theatre
1976 October 5 Walter Hendl makes his debut as orchestral director of Erie Philharmonic
1977 November 10 First D’Angelo Young Artists Competition winner plays with the orchestra
1989 November 11 World premier performance of Albert Glinsky’s “A Throne of the Third Heaven.”
1990 September 22 Opening Night with Eiji Oue conducting his first concert as the Philharmonic’s Music Director
1993 February 13 Premiere performance in Erie of the Libby Larsen “Marimba Concerto: After Hampton.”
1993 March 13 World premiere performance of the Albert Glinsky “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.”
1996 April 13 Peter Bay conducted his first concert with the Erie Philharmonic
2000 July 1 Hugh Keelan is named Music Director and Conductor of the Erie Philharmonic
2007 September 27 Daniel Meyer makes his debut as Conductor and Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic
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