Music Returns to Miller Symphony Hall This October

Date: Oct 15, 2020

Allentown Symphony Association announces new virtual series for fall 2020.
Planning continues for an ASO Re-imagined season in 2021.

Fall 2020 features three-concert Allentown Symphony Chamber Ensemble virtual series;
popular Jazz cabaret returns with October live stream;

Allentown Symphony family concert presented in January 2021.

Allentown, PA, October 12, 2020 – Music is returning to Miller Symphony Hall this October. Today, the Allentown Symphony Association announced a new Allentown Symphony Orchestra  three-concert Chamber Ensemble Series – Featuring Our Own – showcasing the talented members of the orchestra.  Recorded on the Miller Symphony Hall stage, these performances will be video streamed at specific times to Allentown Symphony subscribers for free and available to the public for a modest cost.  Miller Symphony Hall’s popular cabaret series returns live-streamed with Jazz OnStage featuring Don Braden, Gene Perla’s “A Tale of Two Trios!”  and Craig Thatcher Holiday Jazz. In January 2021, the Allentown Symphony will continue its family concerts with Peter and the Wolf.

Allentown Symphony Association Executive Director Al Jacobsen said, “We are in a unique position as the owner and operator of Miller Symphony Hall – this gives us the flexibility to perform these exciting new chamber, family and jazz events. Diane Wittry has re-imagined the Allentown Symphony fall season with inspired concerts and new ways for our audience to experience them.  Each of these concerts will be streamed in high definition so that patrons can enjoy the music they love from the safety and comfort of home. We’re excited to offer our jazz fans three ‘cabarets at home’ beginning with a special night featuring the legendary Don Braden.  And 2021 begins on a high note with a concert designed for our family audience.”

“We are also thrilled to safely bring musicians back to the stage at Miller Symphony Hall.  Planning for next year’s re-imagined season remains in full force.  With Diane’s new programming vision  – featuring smaller orchestra and chamber music ensembles performing shorter intermission-free concerts – and the work that our staff has done to  safely open the hall with reduced capacity and extensive safety protocols in place for in-person events, we are excited about our future concerts,” said Jacobsen.  The Allentown Symphony will announce the “Re-imagined” 2021 season within the coming weeks.

Allentown Symphony Fall 2020
Chamber Ensemble Series:  Featuring Our Own

The music returns to Miller Symphony Hall this fall.  Available only via stream directly to patron’s homes -- the Allentown Symphony’s new Chamber Music Series – Featuring Our Own – showcases the ensemble’s many talented virtuosi.  Masterpieces from Mozart, Vivaldi and Debussy, a 250th birthday tribute to Beethoven and a special version of Holiday Pops favorites  round out this newly added series.

The three concerts on the series will be streamed FREE to Allentown Symphony subscribers and $15 per device for the public.

Mozart & More!
Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 pm

The Allentown Symphony brings the joy of music back to the stage with Mozart’s timeless Eine Kleine Nachtumusik, the happiness and affirmation of Vivaldi, and the transcendent beauty of Debussy. Featuring Principal Oboe Rick Basehore and Principal Harp Frances Duffy as soloists with an ensemble of Allentown Symphony musicians.

Rick Basehore, Oboe
Frances Duffy, Harp
Tallie Brunfelt, First Violin
Inna Nedorezov, Second Violin
Cameron Raecke, Viola
Jameson Platte, Cello
Peter Paulsen, Double bass

Mozart                  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1st Mvt)
Vivaldi                  Concerto for Oboe in F major
Debussy               Danses sacrée et profane
Grandjany            Aria in Classic Style for Harp and Strings
Mendelssohn       String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44, No. 1

Beethoven @ 250
Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 pm

The Allentown Symphony celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a brilliant piano trio and his glorious Septet in E-flat – considered one of the most popular chamber works during the composer’s lifetime.

John Schwartz, Clarinet
Susan Shaw, Bassoon
Jonathan Clark, French horn
Eliezer Gutman, Violin
Agnes Maurer, Viola
Jameson Platte, Cello
Peter Paulsen, Double bass
Michael Toth, Piano

Beethoven      Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11
Beethoven      Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20 

Holiday Pops!
Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 pm

Put the Yule Log on the fireplace (or turn on the gas insert), warm up a mug of hot chocolate and let the eggnog flow…we’re getting the season started with Holiday Pops!  The principal musicians of the Allentown Symphony brass section (plus our percussionist to “kick it up a notch”) will come together to bring holiday cheer from the stage at Miller Symphony Hall – directly to home.  The program includes holiday favorites Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Selections from The Nutcracker and many more.

Omri Barak, Trumpet
Jerry Serfass, Trumpet
Jonathan Clark, French horn
Gilles Bernard, Trombone
Ronald Demkee, Tuba
Randy Edelman, Percussion
Wayne Turney, Narrator

Allentown Symphony Family Concert

Each year families throughout the region mark their calendars for the Allentown Symphony’s fun-filled adventure in music.  In January 2021, families will enjoy the magic of Peter and the Wolf – streamed virtually to home!

The Family concert will be streamed FREE to Allentown Symphony subscribers and $15 per device for the public.

Peter and the Wolf – Family Concert
Saturday, January 30 at 2:00 pm

Young or old, audiences love Prokofiev’s delightful journey in music, which helps children identify different instruments of the orchestra while its story about Peter and his animal friends captivates their imaginations.  Featuring an Allentown Symphony all-star woodwind quintet, narrator, and a visual partnership with The Baum School of Art.

Allison Kiger, Flute
Rick Basehore, Oboe
John Schwartz, Clarinet
Susan Shaw, Bassoon
Jonathan Clark, French horn
Narrator, TBA

Prokofiev         Peter and the Wolf (arranged for woodwind quintet)          

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra 2020-2021 Season is sponsored by Alvin H. Butz, Inc./Dolly & Lee Butz and WDIY 88.1 FM.  Major support provided by Senator Pat Browne and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

Jazz OnStage at Miller Symphony Hall – Live Streamed – Fall 2020

The “Best Listening Room in the Lehigh Valley” relocates from upstairs in the Rodale Room to the main stage at Miller Symphony Hall, live streamed when the popular cabaret series returns.  The series features jazz greats Don Braden in October, Gene Perla – A  Tale of Two Trios! in November, and Craig Thatcher in a December holiday show.  All performances will be presented virtually, live-streamed in HD direct to jazz-lovers’ at-home nightspots. Streams are available for $15 per device.

Don Braden Quartet
Jazz Tributes to Contemporary Masters
Friday, October 23 at 7:30pm

Don Braden, saxophone/flute
Art Hirahara, piano
Kenny Davis, bass
Jeremy Warren, drums

Legendary jazz artist Don Braden returns to Miller Symphony Hall for a special live- streamed performance – Jazz Tributes to Contemporary Masters.  All compositions on tap for this extraordinary show are written by Braden and honor Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, statesman and civil rights icon John Lewis ("Good Trouble"), and more.

Gene Perla – A Tale of Two Trios!
Friday, November 20 at 7:30pm

Gene Perla, bass
Sean Gough, piano/keyboard
Adam Nussbaum, drums
Oscar Williams II, piano
Jeff “Tain” Watts, drums
With special guest  - Nicole Glover, saxophone

A Tale of Two Trios, a vision created by jazz bassist Gene Perla, will be an opportunity for listeners to appreciate the creativity of two of the world's towering percussionists as well as two blooming pianists. Anchored by bass and spearheaded by saxophone, the presentation will fulfill the promise of "real jazz."

Craig Thatcher and Nyke Van Wyk Holiday Show
Friday, December 18 at 7:30pm

Program TBD

Ticketing and General Information

Tickets for the Allentown Symphony Chamber Ensemble Series and Family concerts are FREE to Allentown Symphony subscribers and $15 per device for the public.  Jazz OnStage shows will be available to stream for $15 per device. To order tickets for virtual events follow these easy steps:

1.     Visit MillerSymphonyHall.org
2.     Select Buy Tickets from the drop-down menu, choose your event by series or by date then click on the “Buy Tickets” button
3.     Complete your order form (virtual event ticket links can only be delivered by email – this option will be preselected) and click “Submit”
4.     Once the order is complete, ticket buyers will receive an email with a unique event link (highlighted in blue) to view the concert.

For questions about how to order contact our Box Office staff at info@allentownsymphony.org.

Information about and tickets for Jim Brickman “Comfort and Joy at Home Live!” on December 19 can be found at www.jimbrickman.com/allentown/.

The most up-to-date information, news, event listings and ordering details for Miller Symphony Hall may be found by visiting http://www.MillerSymphonyHall.org, by asking a question at info@allentownsymphony.org or by calling 610.432.6715.  For the latest in virtual content visit Miller Symphony Hall@Home (mshathome.org).

 

ABOUT THE ALLENTOWN SYMPHONY ASSOCIATION /ALLENTOWN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Operating the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, El Sistema Lehigh Valley and owner/operator of Miller Symphony Hall, the Allentown Symphony Association is one of the region’s premier performing arts organizations.

Each year, the Allentown Symphony performs more than 20 classical, pops, educational, and family concerts.  In 2014 and again in 2017, the orchestra received the national American Prize for “orchestral excellence.”  With passion and finesse, led by Music Director & Conductor Diane Wittry, the Allentown Symphony plays time-honored masterworks, newly commissioned world premieres, and intriguing repertoire, including works by prominent new composers.

Exciting world-class artists that have performed with the Allentown Symphony include Midori, Emanuel Ax, Angela Meade, and Peter Serkin, as well as jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and Broadway vocalist Christiane Noll.  The orchestra’s classically trained musicians include players from the major urban centers of New York, Baltimore-D.C., and Philadelphia.

Music Director Diane Wittry, now in her 26th Season, is known for her innovative programming style, using video, dancers, subtitles, and other visuals that give her concerts a sense of occasion.  She has been a stellar advocate for music education outreach for all ages and skill levels.  Lehigh Valley native Ronald Demkee is the Allentown Symphony Associate/Pops Conductor.  The two previous Allentown Symphony Music Directors were Donald Voorhees, the distinguished conductor of the studio orchestra for NBC’s Emmy-award-winning “The Bell Telephone Hour,” and William Smith, Assistant Conductor to the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy.

The Allentown Symphony has received music commissioning grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, and from the League of American Orchestras in support of its El Sistema-inspired program for at-risk youth.  The Allentown Symphony Association also hosts the biennial National Schadt String Competition which attracts top young performers from all over the world.

As it has for the last 70 years, the Allentown Symphony continues its pursuit of excellence with passion, keeping alive the legacy of masterworks while bringing the works of modern masters to the concert stage for the entire community.

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