Erie Junior Phil anniversary concert with Alan Baer, Broadway in Erie show coming

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An Erie Junior Philharmonic alum will return home to help the group celebrate its 75th anniversary while the next-to-last Broadway in Erie show of the season will take the stage.

The May 24 Junior Phil performance at Strong Vincent Middle School will feature Alan Baer, principal tuba of the New York Philharmonic, who will play James Woodward’s Tuba Concerto, which was written for Baer. That same night, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" will open at the Warner Theatre.

Alan Baer, principal tuba of the New York Philharmonic, will return to his hometown of Erie this week to perform alongside the Erie Junior Philharmonic during its 75th anniversary season. Baer played tuba in the Junior Phil during the early 1980s.
Alan Baer, principal tuba of the New York Philharmonic, will return to his hometown of Erie this week to perform alongside the Erie Junior Philharmonic during its 75th anniversary season. Baer played tuba in the Junior Phil during the early 1980s.

Details on these and more entertainment events are below. We couldn't get everything in here, so be sure to visit GoErie.com/calendar for more.

Note: It's always a good idea to check with organizers in advance to make certain an event is still taking place and to find out what COVID-19 measures are in place.

Spring events

"The Secret Life of Cows": Through Aug. 7, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Observational portrait painter Paula Garrick Klein's exhibition focuses on the last operating small beef cattle farm in her suburban Pittsburgh neighborhood. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/paula-garrick-klein

"Narcissus": Through Sept. 18, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Erie Art Co. and Noodlefish collaborative narrative installation inspired by the ancient Greek myth found in Ovid’s "Metamorphoses." Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/narcissus

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"Connecting with the Collection: Photographic Portraits": Through early 2023, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Exhibition featuring a small selection of the many photographic portraits found in the collection of themuseum from formal studio-style portraits shot against simple backdrops, to composed scenes that offer contextual clues as to their subject’s identity, to documentary-style photographs and street photography. Artists in the exhibition are: Serge Balkin, Karen Bell, Kevin Bubriski, Tom Caravaglia, Kerry S. Coppin, Joseph Diess, Michael Emery, Mark Frey, Robert Gilge, Kenneth Graves, Mahlon Hirsch, Kathe Kowalski, Tony Ray-Jones, Arthur Rothstein, Edward Sheriff Curtis, Len Speier, Alfred Stieglitz, Mark Perrott, Jose Picayo and Rick Smolan. On May 19 at 6 p.m., guest curator Brian Cohen will lead a conversation about the exhibition and portraiture. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2–8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 am–5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1–6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/collection-connection-photographic-portraits

"Out of Many – Stories of Migration": Through Feb. 26, 2023, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. A series of exhibits, events and conversations centering around the work of five photographers working out of Pittsburgh and featuring the faces and experiences of multiple generations of migrants and immigrants, and their descendants. Includes photography by Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson and Annie O’Neill. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/out-of-many

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Wee Build Block Party: May 24 and 31 and June 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m.-noon, Children's Room, Iroquois Branch Library, 4212 Iroquois Ave. Unstructured building time with friends; families welcome. Free. 814-451-7082, erielibrary.org

Poetry Live!: May 24 and 31, 6-7 p.m., Peninsula Room, Blasco Library, 160 E. Front St. Listen to poetry from local poets. Free. 814-451-6927, erielibrary.org

From 2021:New York Philharmonic principal tuba to perform with Erie Junior Phil

75th anniversary concert: May 24, 7 p.m., Strong Vincent Middle School, 1330 W. Eighth St. Erie Junior Philharmonic concludes its 75th anniversary season with a performance featuring the principal tuba of the New York Philharmonic and Jr. Phil alum Alan Baer, who will play James Woodward’s Tuba Concerto, which was written for Baer, and an arrangement of Vittorio Monti’s "Czardas" that will include students from all the Junior Phil ensembles. The program will also include works by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Maslanka. $10. 814-455-1375, eriephil.org

Broadway in Erie: Curtain up in Erie as touring Broadway musicals return to Warner Theatre in 2022

Broadway in Erie: May 24 and 25, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Also, July 19 and 20, "Jersey Boys." Tickets for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" range from $43-$73. Tickets for "Jersey Boys" range from $53-$88. 814-452-4857, nacentertainment.com/broadway-in-erie

Pink Martini at MIAC gala: June 4, 7 p.m., Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center, Mercyhurst University, 501 E. 38th St. Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center with a gala performance by Pink Martini featuring China Forbes. $30-$55 plus fee. 814-824-3000, miac.universitytickets.com

Monday Music in the Woods: Mondays, June 6 through July 25 except July 4, 6-8 p.m., Asbury Woods, 4105 Asbury Road. Outdoor concerts in the Celebration Garden with local acts performing folk, bluegrass, classic rock, more. Performers: June 6, Erika Kuhn and Jesse Smith; June 13, The Collective; June 20, Stephen Gutting; June 27, Rankin and Schell; July 11, Mike and Marie Miller; July 18, Katie and Jack; and July 25, Jesse James Weston. Take a chair or blanket. Food and beverages available for purchase. Pre-registration required. Free. 814-835-5356, www.asburywoods.org/events/monday-music-in-the-woods

Gibson Days: June 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and June 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Gibson Park, Routes 20 and 89, North East. Craft/artisan festival with music, food truck, more. Free for entertainment; prices vary for food. 814-746-7573, https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/northeast/page-9.php

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Grape Blossom Festival: June 11, 1-8 p.m., Arundel Cellars & Brewing Co., 11727 E. Main St., North East. Celebration of the blossoming of the grapes with music, vendors more. 814-725-1079, www.goerie.com/things-to-do/events/?_evDiscoveryPath=/event/1114999-grape-blossom-festival

Music in the Park: Wednesdays, June 15 through Aug. 31, 7 p.m. to sunset, Lake Erie Community Park, 10192 West Lake Road, Lake City. Girard concert series with food trucks and refreshment tents. Performers: June 15, Steppin Pappy; June 22, Shoreline; June 29, South of 90; July 6, The Breeze Band; July 13, Riffriders; July 20, Tiger Maple String Band; July 27, Fugitives; Aug. 3, Matty & the Pickles; Aug. 10, Jim Madden & Friends; Aug. 17, Rodger Montgomery Blues Band; Aug. 24, Erie Philharmonic Brass Ensemble; and Aug. 31, West County Rangers. Free entertainment. 814-774-4738.

Great Race Evening Stop: June 20, 5 p.m., Perry Square. Vintage cars in the time race rally for vehicles built before 1972 make a hosted stop on their 2,300-mile, nine-day journey from Rhode Island to North Dakota. Free. www.facebook.com/events/541470434060202/?ref=newsfeed, www.greatrace.com

Summer events

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Sounds Around Town: July 8, 15, 22 and 29, 7:30 p.m., WQLN, 8425 Peach St. Live outdoor concert series in WQLN's wooded pavilion. Performers to be announced. Includes free hot dogs. Take chairs or blankets to sit on. Concerts are recorded and aired throughout the year on WQLN-TV. Free. 814-217-6036, www.wqln.org/Community/Sounds-Around-Town

Foreigner brings its "Greatest Hits" concert to Erie's Warner Theatre on July 27.
Foreigner brings its "Greatest Hits" concert to Erie's Warner Theatre on July 27.

Foreigner: The Greatest Hits concert: July 27, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 30 hits, Foreigner is hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Urgent” and the No. 1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Tickets start at $39.50 plus fees; VIP packages for $279.98. 814-452-4857, www.erieevents.com

July 27: Iconic rock band Foreigner to bring 'The Greatest Hits Tour' to Warner Theatre in Erie

"A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum": June 10–11, 17–18 and 23–25, 7:30 p.m., and June 19 and 26, 2 p.m., Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. In the first Tony Award-winning musical for legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. $14.91 plus fees for June 10-11 shows; $12 to $21.70 plus fees for remaining shows. 814-454-2852, www.erieplayhouse.org/events/a-funny-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum

Tennessee Backporch Anniversary Concert: July 15–16, 7:30 p.m., Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. 40th anniversary celebration bringing back former members for a big show. Tickets not on sale yet. 814-454-2852, www.erieplayhouse.org/events/tennessee-backporch-40-years-on-the-backporch

"Kinky Boots": July 29–30, August 5–6, 11–13, 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 7 and 14, 2 p.m., Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. In the musical with a Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, Charlie Price, who has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory on the verge of bankruptcy, finds inspiration in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Tickets not on sale yet. 814-454-2852, www.erieplayhouse.org/events/kinky-boots

Sept. 14:Rock band Daughtry to stop at Erie's Warner Theatre with 'Dearly Beloved' tour

Daughtry: The Dearly Beloved Tour: Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. The rock 'n' roll band that has sold over 9 million albums, including "Cage to Rattle," and 16 million singles, including "World on Fire," will appear with special guest Pop Evil. $77.25, $52.25, $44 plus fees; VIP packages available. 814-452-4857, www.erieevents.com

Fall events

"Whose Live Anyway?" Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" cast members Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Ryan Stiles and Joel Murray present their improv tour. $37, $47, $57. 814- 452-4857, www.erieevents.com

Zach Williams Fall '22 Tour: Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Grammy winner Williams performs his signature blend of southern rock, country and faith-filled songwriting; with special guest Ben Fuller. $20.50, $30.75, $41, $72. 814-452-4857, www.erieevents.com/events/event/10/15/2022/zach-williams-fall-22-tour

Find more events and submit your own for free at GoErie.com/calendar.

This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Erie, PA, entertainment: Art, music, drama, more for May 24, beyond