When the 2022 season of the Erie Philharmonic kicks off in the refurbished Warner Theater on January 23, the energy could likely match the epic crescendo of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
The return of the orchestra led by Daniel Meyer at Warner’s grand reopening – coupled with a performance by legendary pianist Emanuel Ax – has been a long time coming for the Philharmonic, which has faced COVID-19 shutdowns and construction delays that have pushed back the opening date of the theater.
“With the time these renovations have taken, it really is a powerful story for Erie,” said Steve Weiser, executive director of the Philharmonic Orchestra. “(Emanuel Ax) will also perform on an all new Steinway piano which was purchased by the Philharmonic during COVID due to a very generous donation from Pete and Ellie Scibetta. This will be the first performance of the new piano, along with an all new one. stage, new acoustic shell, new lights … It will truly be a magical concert. “
Here is what awaits the Erie Philharmonic in 2022:
Emanuel Ax plays Chopin
• January 23, 3 p.m.
Ax, which first appeared with the Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017, will be part of Warner’s grand reopening, 811 State St., on January 23 with a performance of Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 on the new theater. delivered Steinway grand piano. Ax is set to follow the moving opening of American composer Christopher Rouse’s “Rapture” by the Philharmonic. The evening’s finale, “The Firebird: Suite (1945)” by Igor Stravinsky, is described as a Russian fairy tale brought to life on stage.
‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’
• February 26, 8 p.m.
Grammy-nominated Northwestern Pennsylvania native Cameron Carpenter makes a trip back to the area to show off his talent on the theater’s new pipe organ with a performance of the Frenchman’s Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings Francis Poulenc. Carpenter was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for best instrumental solo performance (without orchestra) for his album “Revolutionary”.
The evening begins with the Philharmonic interpretation of Paul Dukas’ masterpiece, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, made famous in the Disney film “Fantasia” (1940) but performed in front of the public since 1897. The evening ends. ends with the Belgian organist and composer César L’involée Symphonie en D by Franck.
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3
• March 19, 8 p.m.
One of the most demanding concertos will be performed by one of the world’s most famous pianists to end the show on March 19. Russian-American pianist Olga Kern, winner of numerous international competitions, will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a piece that includes a fascinating melody and Russian soul.
The Philharmonic Orchestra opens the evening with “Along the Western Shore”, a tribute to the sea by Los Angeles composer Elinor Remick Warren. The orchestra will then approach “Tristan et Isolde” by Richard Wagner by performing the “Prélude” and “Liebestod”, combining the beginning and the end of Wagner’s 5-hour opera.
Beethoven: Symphony No.7
• May 14, 8 p.m.
The world premiere of “Harriet Tubman” by American composer Timothy Adams, commissioned by the Philharmonic, opens the concert. Adams is the former Principal Timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and currently Chair of the Percussion Department at the University of Georgia. His work, based on the life of Tubman, an abolitionist and political activist born in slavery, is composed for strings and percussion. The work is narrated by a film, television and theater actor Harry lennix.
The young saxophone virtuoso Steven Banks will follow by playing Alexander Glazunov’s Concerto for alto saxophone and string orchestra, coupled with the very lively Concertino da Camera by Frenchman Jaques Ibert. The concert is expected to end with Beethoven’s iconic Seventh Symphony.
• June 26, 3 p.m.
The Philharmonic Symphony Series finale on June 26 opens with new music by Chinese-born composer Zhou Tian. Entitled “Rise,” Tian’s works are inspired by the emotional diaries of American soldiers during World War I. Mahler’s second symphony, “Resurrection,” follows before the evening concludes with a performance that includes the full Philharmonic choir, with a soprano solo by Felicia Moore and mezzo soprano solo by Daryl Freedman.
Music of the Knights
• January 29, 8 p.m.
The Philharmonic’s Pops Series opens in January with a creation by producer Scott Coulter honoring three of Britain’s iconic songwriters in “Music of the Knights.” Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney have been ennobled by British Queen Elizabeth II and are also three of the most successful songwriters of all time.
Coulter is the same producer who created Aretha Franklin’s hit song, “Respect: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin,” which was performed to an Erie audience two years ago. The evening honors the creations of performers and composers, including “Memory”, “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”, “Your Song”, “Yesterday”, “Hey Jude” and more.
“Mary Poppins in concert”
• April 9 at 8 p.m.
• April 10, 3 p.m.
In April, “Mary Poppins” will be in Erie on the big screen. The high-definition screening of the original 1964 Disney classic film will include the Erie Philharmonic performing the score in real time, live, and in sync with the film. The Philharmonic Orchestra will have two performances on the weekend.
“Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert”
• April 30, 8 p.m.
• May 1 at 3 p.m.
The Erie Philharmonic continues to delve into memorable films, honoring director George Lucas’ 1977 franchise debut on “Star Wars”, with an epic score provided by composer John Williams. The Philharmonic will “use the Force” to perform the dramatic arrangements live, in sync with a screening of the original film for two shows.
Rodgers & Hammerstein in concert
• June 12 – 3 p.m.
The Pops season ends in June with Erie performing stars paying homage to famous Broadway musical duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. The musical review show will cover the greatest hits of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals including “The Sound of Music”, “Oklahoma”, “The King & I”, “Cinderella” and more.
If you are going to …
Ticket prices range from $ 10 to $ 56 for most events and can be purchased at the box office, 809 French Street, online at eriephil.org or by calling 814-455-1375. Seasonal subscriptions are also available.
COVID-19 safety protocols for all Erie Philharmonic shows will include proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the performance date or an antigen test within 24 hours. A vaccination record or a photo of a vaccination record, as well as a valid photo ID, must also be presented for entry. Customers are also required to wear a face mask.