ERIE, Pa. (Erie News Now) – The brand new Warner Theatre stage is set for its public debut on Sunday.
The Erie Philharmonic Orchestra will return to its historic home, and perform the very first concern in the expanded and updated Warner Theatre.
With a massive addition, the stage is now 14 feet deeper and 17 feel higher than before, and lined with a rich new acoustical orchestra shell that will dramatically enhance the sound that the audience hears during a concert and help the musicians on stage to hear each other better than ever before.
The project costing $28 million and counting is keeping all of the historic charm of the 1930’s era Warner Bros. movie house while turning it into a state of the art performing arts venue.
Rigging lines back stage have multiplied from 36 to 60 to accommodate biggest shows and sets, something that will make a big difference for the Broadway Theater League traveling shows and sets that come in truckloads.
There are bright new locker rooms and dressing rooms for musicians and guest artists, spaces that just didn’t exist before.
Construction is still underway on a beautiful new rehearsal hall and performance space with a vaulted ceiling, on the loading docks where shows will unload and access the state and on the exterior of the new building where a glass walkway will connect the old spaces to the new, but while that work continues, the show is ready to go on. You can click here to see if tickets for Sunday’s performance are still available.
The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. under the baton of Music Director Daniel Meyer and will feature the return of legendary pianist Emanuel Ax, on a brand new Steinway piano.