Erie Philharmonic

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Erie Philharmonic
Former name Erie Symphony Orchestra
Erie Second Symphony Orchestra
Second Philharmonic
Founded 1913
Concert hall Warner Theatre
Principal conductor Daniel Meyer

Founded in 1913, the Erie Philharmonic is a professional orchestra located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Philharmonic has held their performances at the 2,500 seat Warner Theatre on State Street in downtown Erie since 1974.


The musicians union attempted to form a symphonic orchestra in the late 1890s, but there was no popular support in Erie and the effort died. Another attempt to produce a symphony occurred in April 1913, when a group of 40 to 50 musicians rehearsed for months for a performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite. The concert never took place.[1]

It was only months later, on 30 November 1913, that the Erie Symphony Orchestra, Erie Phil's earliest iteration, was born. It lasted just over two years, with its final concert held on 20 February 1916. On 30 January 1921, the orchestra was reorganized as the Second Symphony Orchestra. It lasted five years, with its final concert held on 2 May 1926.[2]

The First Philharmonic held its first concert on 8 February 1921. The Second Philharmonic held its first concert on 7 February 1932. The Erie Phil disbanded for the duration of World War II, then incorporated on 23 September 1947. It has performed in Erie ever since.[2]

The Erie Philharmonic Chorus was formed in 1953, and the Erie Junior Philharmonic was established in 1956.[3]

The Erie Phil received a US$15,000 grant from the Erie Community Foundation to publicize its effort to find a new conductor for the orchestra.[4]

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  2. ^ a b "A Historical Timeline". Erie Philharmonic. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  3. ^ "Erie Philharmonic Chorus". Erie Philharmonic. Archived from the original on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  4. ^ "Thirty Charities to Receive Over $247,000 for Helping Today Quality of Life Grants". Erie Community Foundation. April 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  • Dave Richards (2007-06-09). "And the Baton Goes to...". Erie Times-News. p. 1A, 4A. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  • Thea Constantine (May 2004). "Fritz Mahler Papers" (PDF). New York Public Library for Performing Arts Music Division. Archived from the original (.PDF) on 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 

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