General McLane Vocal Jazz Ensemble to Perform With Erie Philharmonic

The Erie Philharmonic presents its annual Come Home for the Holidays concert on December 2 with performances at 2:30pm and 8:00pm. Local tenor Daniel Cabanillas will star as vocal soloist alongside the Erie Philharmonic Chorus and General McLane Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

For the matinee performance, the Warner Theatre lobby will open early at 1:00pm for activities for children from the expERIEnce Children’s Museum, Lake Erie Ballet, and the Jr. Philharmonic.
This is the second time that local tenor Cabanillas will join the Philharmonic for its holiday concert. He studied voice and “Bel Canto” with several distinguished artists from around the world, including John Wustman, Luciano Pavarotti’s accompanist and famous vocal coach. Cabanillas currently serves as the Associate Director of the Office of Global Admissions at Gannon University as well as Co-Music Director with his wife Emily Cabanillas at St. George’s and St. John’s Catholic Churches in Erie.

The Erie Philharmonic Chorus, now in its 65th season, is performing its first concert under new choir director Thomas Brooks. As a conductor and clinician, Mr. Brooks has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is well-known as a choral conductor, voice teacher, college professor, opera conductor, and clinician. In September 2017 Brooks was also named Director of University Choirs at Mercyhurst University. He continues his work as a clinician for choirs and workshops, conducting Lyricora, and overseeing the Salzburg Institute.

General McLane’s Vocal Jazz group joins the Philharmonic for the first time. The group boasts approximately 20 students and is designed for highly motivated vocalists from all high school grade levels that are looking for a more intensive, high-paced performing ensemble. This group has never participated in a concert with the Philharmonic, although they performed at the Warner Theatre with The Dave Stevens Band and guest artist Helen Welch in 2008.

Mr. Yates serves as Vocal Teacher as well as Musical & Broadway Dinner Director at the high school. Yates says, “How many high school groups can say they performed with a 70-piece professional orchestra? We are extremely fortunate to have been asked … it is such an amazing and empowering opportunity for our students and music program. I am eager to hear the students sing with the orchestra.”

This isn’t General McLane High School’s first recognition as an outstanding school for the arts and music performance. The high school was selected as a GRAMMY Signature School Semi-Finalist in 2014, and Bruce Yates was selected as a quarterfinalist for the 2016 Music Educator Award, presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation.

Tickets are still available for the matinee and evening performances. Please contact the Erie Philharmonic box office for details (814.455.1375 or

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