Live music is going al fresco with the Allentown Symphony’s new Serenade Series

Date: Apr 12, 2021

The Lehigh Valley’s premier musicians bring the joy of music to neighborhoods throughout the region beginning this June!

Allentown, PA, April 1, 2021 – In June, the Allentown Symphony is bringing live music to the neighborhoods of music lovers throughout the community with a new Serenade Series. These private concerts will be performed by the Lehigh Valley’s finest musicians, al fresco, in backyards, driveways, cul-de-sacs and neighborhood get-together spots.  Don’t worry about dressing up, parking or getting downtown…the Allentown Symphony is coming to you!

Symphony Serenades are exclusive 30-minute concerts each performed by two or three musicians of the Allentown Symphony. Patrons have the flexibility of coordinating their guest lists with the ASO providing an unforgettable afternoon or evening concert of outdoor music for a fee of only $400. This amount is considered a charitable contribution. With five remarkable ensembles available, Serenade concerts will delight groups with eclectic performances and the magic that only live performance brings. The Allentown Symphony is grateful to individual underwriters for helping to fund the Serenade Series in order to lower the cost to the community.

Reservations are limited and CDC guidelines will be strictly adhered to. For more information on booking home or community Symphony Serenade performances email Donna Fritchey at dfritchey@allentownsymphony.org. Companies interested in sponsoring this program should contact Lucy Bloise at lbloise@allentownsymphony.org.

SYMPHONY SERENADE ENSEMBLES

Flute and Harp Spring Fling!
Flowers are blooming and Spring is in the air…what more is needed? How about the melodies of the season performed live in your neighborhood? Performed elegantly on harp and flute featuring Principal Flute Robin Kani and Principal Harp Frances Duffy.

Allentown Symphony Flute, Viola and Cello Trio
This lovely Serenade concert of chamber music featuring flute, viola, and cello sets a one-of-a-kind neighborhood stage for live classical music. These concerts will be performed by Allison Kiger, flute, Tallie Brunfelt violin/viola, and Jameson Platte, cello. Program includes Haydn, Telemann, and Villa-Lobos.

Classical to Jazz Connections, Allentown Symphony Trombone Trio
No, not Seventy-Six…but we do have…Three Trombones! This Serenade features Gilles Bernard, Nicholas Martin, and Rob Fournier – aka the Allentown Symphony Trombone section! The Serenade bridges music past to present, early to modern, classical to jazz, and beyond. The concert features music by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and more. 

Chris and Nate: Double Bass
They might do some of the heaviest lifting in the orchestra (pound for pound) but these guys will spread their wings for an unbelievable Serenade performance – twice the bass…twice the musical fun! Performed by Allentown Symphony bass players Chris Johnson and Nate Chase this conversational Serenade is built around the longstanding friendship, both personal and musical, of these remarkable musicians. The Serenade program includes a variety of musical styles and characters, aiming to entertain and to move.

Classical Serenade
Allentown Symphony members Julie Bougher, violin, Steve Heitlinger, viola, and Audrey Simons, cello, join together to bring you favorite string trios of the classical repertoire by Beethoven and Haydn. This String Serenade will be the perfect complement for neighborhood gatherings, bringing live classical music to the Lehigh Valley.

 

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 country.

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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