Bryan Eckenrode, musical director and conductor of the Warren Philharmonic, will lead the orchestra in a concert entitled “English Countryside” at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11. Tickets are $10 for the concert and $5 for students 18 and under and for seniors 65 and older. Children 12 and under are admitted free. The concert will be held at Holy Redeemer Church on the corner of South Street and Pennsylvania Avenue East in Warren.
Selections for the concert include “Prelude ’49th Parallel” and “Suite of English Folk Songs” by Rafe Vaughn Williams; “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Moussorgsky; “Erin Go Braugh” by L.O.de Witt; “Soirees Musicales of Rossini” arranged by Benjamin Britten; “Olympic Fanfare and Theme 1984” by John Williams and “Six Songs from a Shropshire Lad” by George Butterworth which will be sung by Robert E. Gerst III who is a junior studying vocal performance at the University of Buffalo with Tiffany duMouchelle. He was born and raised in Sanborn and still lives there while finishing his studies. Robert also enjoys playing the tuba and piano. He will perform these songs arranged just for his baritone voice.
This concert is made possible through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. It is funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation, and administrated locally by the Arts Council of Erie, Inc. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The orchestra, a nonprofit 501c(3) organization, is additionally funded through private and corporate sponsorships, including the Barbara Baldwin DeFrees Foundation, Community Foundation of Warren County, Conarro Family Foundation, Betts Foundation, United Refining Company, and Blair LLC.