ASA ANNOUNCES POSTPONEMENTS/CANCELLATIONS

Date: Jun 23, 2020

Allentown, PA, June 22, 2020

ALLENTOWN SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES POSTPONEMENTS/CANCELLATIONS OF MOST CONCERTS THROUGH AUGUST; SALARIED STAFF TO RECEIVE COMPENSATION REDUCTIONS

As the safety of the Allentown Symphony Association's (ASA) audience, musicians, visiting guest artists, staff, volunteers, and board continues to be its top priority, the ASA announced an extension of event cancellations of ASA-promoted events at Miller Symphony Hall and elsewhere through August, 2020 as well as compensation reductions for salaried staff.  Private rental events at Miller Symphony Hall up to this time are being handled on a case-by-case basis.  The ASA had previously announced cancellations/postponements of events through June 21, 2020.

“While the Allentown Symphony Association deeply regrets having to cancel or postpone events this summer, we simply had no choice,” said Executive Director Al Jacobsen.  “Our first priority is safety as we navigate through this unprecedented time.  It is still very clear to us that we will not be able to gather at Miller Symphony Hall this summer, even as Allentown progresses into the next phases of opening the economy in Pennsylvania.”

Jacobsen went on to explain that the ASA has taken measures beyond cancelling or postponing concerts to ensure the on-going health of the organization.  “In addition, as a response to this crisis and the on-going need to preserve liquidity for the organization, all salaried administrative staff will see varying reductions in pay with both Music Director/Conductor Diane Wittry and myself taking a 10% reduction in salary effective June 22, 2020.”

“We are continuing to evaluate the situation in the Lehigh Valley and are in contact with our peers throughout the country as well as locally.  Our primary goal is to bring the music this community loves back as quickly and safely as possible.”

“However,” Jacobsen added, “in the meantime, the ASA is remaining active and relevant as we have moved several programs to virtual platforms and continue to provide new content on Miller Symphony Hall @Home (http://www.mshathome.org), with re-broadcasts of past ASO performances, artist interviews and insight from Music Director Diane Wittry.”

The most up-to-date information on cancellations/postponements may be found by visiting http://www.MillerSymphonyHall.org, by asking a question at info@allentownsymphony.org or by calling 610.432.6715.

Below is a listing of postponements and cancellations from June 22 – August 31, 2020 and on-going summer virtual events.  All events are at Miller Symphony Hall unless otherwise noted.

EVENTS POSTPONED:

July 9: Straight No Chaser (BRE Rental Presentation) postponed to April 3, 2021

July 18: Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles (ASO Pops Series) postponed to May 22, 2021

August 15: “Star Wars:  A New Hope in Concert” (film with the ASO) at the PPL Center postponed date TBD 2021

Patrons are asked to hold on to their tickets if they have already received them.

 

EVENTS CANCELLED:

July 16:  Third Thursday at The Lyric Room

July 17:  Jazz Upstairs – Hot Club of Reading

August 20:  Third Thursday at The Lyric Room

August 29:  The Allentown Band – Broadway Legends

 

EVENT STILL TENTATIVE:

August 21:  Jazz Upstairs featuring Jimmy Meyers

 

VIRTUAL EVENTS:

COMPOSERS SUMMER WORKSHOP: Spearheaded by newly appointed ASO Composer in Residence Chris Rogerson and Music Director Diane Wittry, the Composers Summer Workshop sessions will be facilitated by a group of renowned, locally-based composers and faculty members known as the ASO Composers Consortium, who have been involved with the Composer in Residence initiative since its inception. This online workshop will take place over three consecutive Tuesdays (July 28th, August 4th, and August 11th) and one special session on Thursday, August 13th. 
For more information, visit mshathome.org/composer-workshop or contact Norma Nunez-Ruch at nnunezruch@allentownsymphonty.org.

EL SISTEMA LEHIGH VALLEY (ESLV) SUMMER PROGRAM ON-LINE: Starting July 6th ESLV will be hosting its first ever on-line summer program.  For six weeks, Monday thru Thursday, 9:00am – 1:00pm, students will participate in one-on-one sessions, instrument and choir lessons, ensemble meet-ups and special guest presentations.  The program culminates with a festive virtual recital on August 13th.
For more information, contact Kaylee Santanello at ksantanello@allentownsymphony.org or visit www.eslvprogram.org.