We were in the sold-out crowd when the Erie Philharmonic ended its 100th year with a solid-gold Pops evening on Saturday when the Phil hosted Spectrum. The music served up The Platters, Temptations, Righteous Brothers and more in a memorable event at the Warner Theatre.
Faas quickly switched from tux to Seawolves jersey – a nod to the fact that he is the new announcer for the team as he will soon retire from 19 years as the iconic host of “Classics with Wally Faas” on WQLN — something he has done weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The evening was a blast. We started off with a cocktail party hosted by Sandra Jarecki and Howard Hanna Real Estate in the community room of First Niagara Bank adjacent to the Warner. We ended it at the Tap House with Jim and Cheryl Martin and Emma Lee McCloskey and George Spiegel — we found each other at the concert along with hundreds of other friends. Congrats to the Phil on a great 100th year and a grand finale to close it out.