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Edinboro University to present free Erie Philharmonic concert March 27

Friends of Music Concert Series


Friends of Music Concert Series

Edinboro University to present free Erie Philharmonic concert March 27


EDINBORO, Pa. – Edinboro University’s Friends of Music organization will present the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra on Tuesday, March 27, at Louis C. Cole Auditorium—Memorial Hall.

Conducted by Daniel Meyer, the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director, the 7:30 p.m. concert will include the full orchestra performing three masterful works: Christopher Theofanidis’ “Rainbow Body,” Dr. William Alexander’s “Concerto Grosso,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique Symphony No. 6,” (Movements 3 and 4).

As in past Friends of Music Concert Series presentations featuring the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, this event is free and open to the entire Edinboro community, as well as the general public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Alexander, Edinboro’s former Music Department chair, first established a relationship between the University and the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra some four decades ago. Although now retired from teaching, Alexander continues his music composition, including solo and chamber works for friends, both professional and amateur.

Among compositions written by Dr. Alexander are several works for orchestra, which were premiered during the University’s Friends of Music Concert Series by the Erie Philharmonic.

For establishing a permanent endowment for the Edinboro University Friends of Music Concert Series, and for his continued support of the Music Department, Alexander was honored several years ago when the University’s new, state-of-the-art music building was dedicated as the “Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center.”

The March 27 program features a new work by Emeritus Professor Alexander in “Concerto Grosso: Music for Five Winds and String Orchestra.” This music had its origins in a wind quintet with a somewhat unusual instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet and bassoon. The instruments were kept, with the addition of a string orchestra.  The five movements of Dr. Alexander’s composition, Tempo di Marcia, Andante con Moto, Lento – Andante con Moto, Andante, and Moderato – Allegretto, vary in length from two to four minutes, with the style of each changing.

According to Dr. Alexander, the relatively short movements explore the timbres possible with the five wind instruments among themselves and with the orchestra.

As Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic and Asheville Symphony, Daniel Meyer is recognized as one of the top young conductors of his generation. Recently completing successful tenures with the Pittsburgh Symphony as Resident Conductor and Pittsburgh Youth symphony as Music Director, Meyer worked closely with Mariss Jansons, Sir Andrew Davis, Manfred Honeck and Charles Dutoit, led the Pittsburgh Symphony on tour, and conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang and Marvin Hamlisch. With a talent for creative programming and a passion for connecting with audiences, Meyer is now in his fourth season with the Erie Philharmonic, helping to reinvigorate the orchestra and enlivening the arts community.

Edinboro University’s Friends of Music organization was established in 2000 by a small group of faculty, alumni and friends of the University’s Music Department.  In just 12 years, the membership has grown into a large and energetic group that actively supports the Music Department.