Did you know the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (EPO) is a non-profit organization? It is also the largest arts institution in the Tri-State area. The high quality programs provided annually by the Orchestra continue to improve the quality of life throughout our Tri-State community. The music of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra is a source of joy, solace, and inspiration to thousands of people.
Founded in 1934, the EPO is a professional orchestra comprised of approximately 80 musicians led by Music Director Alfred Savia. Many of the musicians have graduated from the finest music schools in the country, including Indiana University and the University of Evansville.
Each year the Orchestra treats audiences to a multi-concert season that features the works of classical and pops composers from Beethoven to The Beatles, plus several special event concerts. The Philharmonic performs concerts from September through May, including:
- 6-concert Classics Series
- 5-concert Pops Series
- 6 Educational Youth Concerts
- Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight
- Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker in collaboration with Evansville Ballet
The season balances performances by internationally renowned soloists and local artists, popular works and twentieth-century compositions, as well as familiar and unique solo instruments. Through the years, Evansville Philharmonic audiences have enjoyed top-quality soloists like Itzhak Perlman, Andre Watts, Roger Williams, Judy Collins, Doc Severinsen, Sandi Patty, Joshua Bell, Frederica von Stade, and Daniel Rodriguez, to name a few.
The EPO is governed by a board of directors made up of community volunteers and, in addition to the musicians, employs a small full-time and part-time staff. Other vital members of the Philharmonic family are volunteer groups including the Evansville Philharmonic Guild and the Crescendo Club, who help maintain the Orchestra’s financial stability, as well as the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus, which supports the Orchestra in other ways. Click to learn more about our people or how to become involved.
Want to know more about how we started? Download the 75th Anniversary edition of “The History of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.”