By Kim Lux
Gibson Park will soon be filled with the music of the Erie Philharmonic — who will be taking up residency in North East this summer for three free, outdoor concerts.
The three concerts will all begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held on July 16, 24 and 31.
“Bringing the music outdoors is a perfect fit for the summer and offers a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere that’s perfect for all ages to enjoy,” said Steve Weiser, the philharmonic’s executive director in a press release.
The July 16 concert will feature a 22-person string orchestra under the direction of Music Director Daniel Meyer.
On July 24, guests will be treated to a patriotic and energetic show performed by a brass quintet.
The series will wrap up on July 31 with a run night of popular classics performed by an octet.
The Summer Concerts in the Park series will be offered for free thanks to the several local sponsors including: The Skunk & Goat tavern, 4 NINE Thrift Store, the North East Area Chamber of Commerce, The North East Arts Council, Downtown North East, Hill Engineering, Serendipity Consignment Boutique, Dave Thorton New Motors, Bella Salon, the North East News-Journal, Knox Law Firm, Dr. Mack and North East Chiropractic, Stetson Brothers, The Straw Hat and the Erie Philharmonic.
“We’re very excited to bring something like this to the community,” said North East Arts Council President Mike Satterthwaite. “The Erie Philharmonic is an asset to the area and we’re happy to highlight their talent.
“These free concerts will give the people of North East a chance to experience the philharmonic,” he added. “Those who otherwise couldn’t afford tickets can just come to the park and take part in this. I’d like to thank the North East Community Foundation, the Skunk & Goat Tavern and all of the local sponsors for helping facilitate this wonderful community event.”