Pennsylvania’s Erie Chamber Orchestra opened its 2014-15 season on September 19 with Music Director Matthew Kraemer conducting Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le toit, Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye, and Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for Viola. Soloist for the Sierra concerto was Roberto Diaz, director of the Curtis Institute of Music and former principal viola in the Philadelphia Orchestra. In prior seasons the orchestra performed in locations throughout Erie; its new permanent venue this season, a larger space, is Cathedral Prep Auditorium. Repertoire for the nine-concert season will also include Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, narrated by actor Harry Lennix, Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”), and a semistaged presentation of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. The orchestra also will release its first recording in October, Sounds of Silents, featuring music by film composer J.S. Zamecnik.
Posted October 1, 2014