A Letter to Subscribers from Diane Wittry

Date: Jan 08, 2021

Dear Friend,

This is the season to thank each of you for your patience and support, especially during this challenging year. I hope that you were able to enjoy last fall’s virtual concerts, featuring members of your Allentown Symphony Orchestra, recorded on stage at Miller Symphony Hall and streamed from our home to yours.

The pause in presenting orchestra concerts has lasted longer than any of us could have dreamed last March, but 2021 does bring the promise of us all coming together again to safely experience the magic of live performance.  With vaccines on the horizon, I want to assure you that every effort is being made to return your orchestra to the stage, and you to the Hall as soon as it is safe to do so.  However, in the short term, with COVID restrictions currently in place and the future of the  pandemic uncertain, it will not surprise you to learn that the remaining Allentown Symphony classical and pops concerts for the 2020-21 season as originally programmed have been cancelled.

You will be pleased to know that there are several options available to you. Details on these options may be found online (CLICK HERE). If you have any questions please contact us at info@allentownsymphony.org or 610.432.6715.  CLICK HERE to see changes to the performance calendar.

We are working hard to close the distance that COVID-19 has placed between us and while we plan for the 2021-22 season, we want you to continue experiencing our virtual concerts.  This month, enjoy our annual Family Concert – Peter and the Wolf – featuring an Allentown Symphony all-star woodwind quintet, narrator, and a visual partnership with The Baum School of Art.

Then in February a Symphony chamber ensemble, featuring Concertmaster Eliezer Gutman and Acting Principal Cello Jameson Platte, brings An Evening of Romance streamed to your home. And in March, we are thrilled that violinist Irina Muresanu will return to Miller Symphony Hall for an exuberant night of chamber music favorites. These intimate performances will be free for you to view.

Plus, we have more great music from your Allentown Symphony planned for spring 2021!  In May and June, we will digitally stream three programs featuring the works of Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven – events that, regulations and precautions   permitting, could bring you back to Miller Symphony Hall with socially distanced performances. Should that be possible, you will have the first opportunity to secure tickets as a loyal subscriber.

Above all, we wish you and yours our best for a happy and healthy 2021.

Thank you for all you do for the Allentown Symphony.


Diane Wittry
Music Director/Conductor