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34 years, 400 concerts, and not one ticket sold! What better way to spread the power of music than completely free? Here's our story!

A sign of increased dedication and support from Gannon University.
A sign of increased dedication and support from Gannon University.

Who are we?  

We are Gannon University's Erie Chamber Orchestra, entering our 35th year of year round free classical concerts.

What will we do with your support?

Since we have no performance income, we need to find any and all ways to support our dedicated musicians who produce these free concerts.  Many of our members have been in the orchestra since its founding in 1978, and have devoted most of their lives to the ECO.  Your funds will be used to help offset the costs of music rental, hiring our nationally recognized soloist, transportation fees and musicians pay.  Simply put, your donation literally helps this entire organization function.  I am the only staff member, so as a group, our overhead is a low as you can get.  

What's our story?  Read on....

$25 for a ticket.....$50 for a ticket.  Not with the Erie Chamber Orchestra.  We have been bringing high quality classical music and innovative programming to the Northwest region of Pennsylvania for 34 years, all free of charge.  

In order to grow our audience base, we have started broadcasting portions of our concerts on youtube.  What better way to ensure that everyone has access to free professional level classical music!

Erie Chamber Orchestra's youtube page!

Matthew Kraemer, Music Director.  Photo by Brian Hannah
Matthew Kraemer, Music Director. Photo by Brian Hannah

With your help, we can reach our goal of $2000 to help fund our October concert. We have an amazing program in store, and for a community with a nearly 30% poverty rate, this might be their only opportunity to experience the classical music that so many of us simply take for granted.  Please read our story....and help the ECO remain a beacon in the night for the city of Erie!

Ruth Ann and Jean, our illustrious cello section.  Photo by Brian Hannah
Ruth Ann and Jean, our illustrious cello section. Photo by Brian Hannah

For the 2012-2013 season, the Erie Chamber Orchestra is embarking on a new adventure.  We have performed classical concerts spanning the Erie community for 34 years, and every concert during this tenure has been free to the public.  Our mission is to ensure that everyone will have access to the highest quality classical music regardless of their age, income, education or cultural background.  This mission was started by our founder and longtime Music Director, Bruce Morton Wright.  Upon Maestro Wright's passing, the orchestra stood at a crossroads.  

Our founder, Bruce Morton Wright
Our founder, Bruce Morton Wright

We are happy to announce that with our new Music Director, Matthew Kraemer, the orchestra is ready to begin a new adventurous and innovative era.  

Matthew Kraemer
Matthew Kraemer

Our October concert is one of the true gems in this season's re-imagining of the ECO.  We are featuring a night of English string music, designed to bring free classical music to an area that would normally never be able to afford such an event.  This adventurous program features works by Vaughan-Williams, Purcell, Elgar, Holst and Britten.  

Our Principal Bass, Harry.  Photo by Brian Hannah
Our Principal Bass, Harry. Photo by Brian Hannah

We are also welcoming an extremely talented tenor, Joseph Gaines, to join us for this concert, singing the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

Click here to read about Joseph, and the amazing passion and dedication to the arts he is bringing to the Erie community!

http://www.josephgaines.com

Joseph Gaines
Joseph Gaines

Matthew and Joseph will also be visiting local elementary schools hardest hit by the extremely high poverty levels in the city.  Some of the schools we will be engaging have no music or art programs to speak of, and this chance to meet two nationally recognized musicians could be a life changing opportunity!

Howard, our concertmaster, and second violinist Brenda.  Photo by Brian Hannah
Howard, our concertmaster, and second violinist Brenda. Photo by Brian Hannah

Joining us on the Britten as horn soloist is our Principal Horn, Chris Rapier.  We are honored and delighted to have such talented musicians sharing the stage together for this memorable work.

Principal Horn Chris Rapier.  Photo by Joy Rapier
Principal Horn Chris Rapier. Photo by Joy Rapier

Everything the Erie Chamber Orchestra does for the community is always done free of charge.  We greatly rely on support from individuals such as yourselves.  Without support like this, the orchestra would simply fade from memory, and this local treasure would be lost.  Please join us today to make sure the orchestra can celebrate another 34 years of bringing free classical music to the community!

Our January concert from 2012, featuring Edward Pleasant and Julie-Ann Green
Our January concert from 2012, featuring Edward Pleasant and Julie-Ann Green

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