Warren Philharmonic returns with Nov. 21 performance

Cristen Gregory

It’s time to “Relax, Rejoice, Reconnect” with the Warren Philharmonic.

The Philharmonic concert is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church. The performance will be led by musical director and conductor Bryan Eckenrode.

The orchestral selections include “Symphony No. 1 in C Major” by George Bizet, “Overture to the Marriage of Figaro” by W. A. Mozart, and “The Winter’s Passed,” by Wayne Barlow, featuring Mateo Mendez, oboe, and Cody Hiller, violin.

The concert will feature soloist Cristen Gregory, soprano, who will perform with the orchestra on “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Richard Rogers, “Musetta’s Waltz,” by Puccini, and “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”

“Cristen Gregory’s career has taken her all over the world in leading operatic roles, oratorio, pops, orchestra concerts, and recitals,” according to President Brenda Schnick. “Cristen holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Medaille College.”

“She is married to cellist and conductor Bryan Eckenrode and is a member of Voci d’Amore (soprano, cello, and keyboard) and the Parkside Camerata (soprano, cello, oboe and keyboard),” Schnick said.

Tickets, $10, $5 for students and seniors, children under 12 are free, are available at the door starting at 3:15 p.m. on the day of the concert.

Holy Redeemer and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that those in attendance wear a mask. The concert will also be available live on the Warren Philharmonic YouTube channel or through a link at the Warren Philharmonic of Warren PA Facebook page.

The project 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, and Blair, LLC.


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