Steve Weiser, general manager of the Erie Chamber Orchestra, said he is in charge of several tasks including hiring musicians, renting music, season planning and various other jobs usually split among 10 different people.
said the reason the concert was held at Central Tech High School
was because it was recommended by the board, and the lobby had great acoustics.
"The lobby just sounds incredible," Weiser
"It makes a 30-piece orchestra sound larger."
said since the chamber orchestra holds a concert once a month, January is reserved for the MLK Tribute Concert.
helps to choose the music for the concert with the music director.
Another group of people who had a say in the song choices was the Shiloh Baptist Choir, who performed along with the Erie Chamber Orchestra
The choir sang the same songs that they've been singing since the very first MLK Tribute Concert including "I'm Available to You" and "We Shall Overcome."
"It's a neat way to end the concert," Weiser
said, "and it's nice to see some of the audience members who know the songs sing along."
said each year about one-third of the concert stays the same with songs chosen by the Shiloh Baptist Choir.
The rest can change depending on what the soloist wants to play and what the music director and Weiser decide to rent.
"We try to represent Martin Luther King Jr. and African-American music," Weiser
said the second half of the concert opens with a song by an African-American composer.
tried to showcase some uncommon music, but the concert also includes a song by Beethoven because he
fought for equal rights during his
Another special aspect of the concert included having Dr. Parris Baker, assistant professor in the social work program, come in dressed as Martin Luther King Jr. and read the "I Have a Dream" speech, Weiser said.
said he'd like to make the reading a tradition for the MLK Tribute concert, but that he'd like Baker to read something different each year.
Weiser said along with Williams as the soloist, the chamber orchestra had a guest conductor, Dr. Dan Burdick, who is a tuba player in the chamber orchestra.