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Erie Philharmonic

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Aspen Drum Company

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Then, in a discovery worthy of "Tomb Raider's" Lara Croft, Erie Chamber Orchestra executive director Steve Weiser found complete parts for Zamecnik's music in the collection of ECO founder Bruce Morton Wright.

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Steve Weiser, the general manager of the chamber orchestra, said he found a plethora of music from the silent film era in the closets of Gannon's music room. He said the...

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Steve Weiser, the general manager of the chamber orchestra, said he found a plethora of music from the silent film era in the closets of Gannon's music room. He said the...

Spafford oversaw the search for those ...

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Spafford oversaw the search for those positions, and Matthew Kraemer was selected as music director and Steven Weiser was hired as general director.

SymphonyNOW caught up with Weiser to chat about this transitional year for the Erie Chamber Orchestra. It is, in fact, Weiser's first administrative job with an orchestra, and the learning curve has been steep but exciting, he says. Together with Kraemer, Weiser sees this season as an opportunity to take an orchestra that had settled into a comfortable groove and shake things up a bit.
Steven Weiser: Before coming here I ran a teaching studio out of my house in Reading, Pennsylvania-I was trained as a classical percussionist-with about 55 students a week.
Erie Chamber Orchestra General Manager Steven Weiser with violinist Adé Williams
Weiser: Yes.
Weiser: It's an interesting cross-section.
Weiser: We partner with Gannon University's Erie-GAINS outreach program in the hardest-hit area within the center city, where about 70 percent of the kids receive free lunch. Our educational outreach is done at schools in that downtown area. I'm very close with the music teachers at those elementary schools.
Weiser: There's a daily newspaper that runs a story the Thursday before each of our Friday concerts. When we donated a piano to a local elementary school in November, three TV networks were there, plus the newspaper. The local Fox affiliate covered the master class that Adé Williams gave the other day at a local middle school, when she was here for the Martin Luther King, Jr. concert.
Weiser: We have a lot of donors that give in the $100, $200, $500 range.
Weiser: No, but I can tell you about opening night: David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will be here.

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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.

Weiser 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 said. “It makes a 30-piece orchestra sound larger.â€
Weiser said since the chamber orchestra holds a concert once a month, January is reserved for the MLK Tribute Concert.
Weiser said he 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, Weiser said.
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.â€
“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.â€
Weiser 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.
Weiser said the second half of the concert opens with a song by an African-American composer. He tried to showcase some uncommon music, but the concert also includes a song by Beethoven because he fought for equal rights during his time.
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.
Weiser 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.

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