2020-2021 ASO Season

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CLASSICAL SERIES





BRAHMS & RACHMANINOFF

Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 2:00pm
George Li, piano

Nielsen   Maskarade Overture
Rachmaninoff   Symphonic Dances   
Brahms   Piano Concerto No. 1  

 



BEETHOVEN’S “ODE TO JOY”

Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 2:00pm
Stefano Greco, piano
Allentown Symphony Chorus
Eduardo Azzati, Chorus Master
Young Musicians String Festival students

Diane Wittry   “Ode to Joy” Fanfare
Beethoven   Piano Concerto No. 4        
Beethoven   Symphony No. 9  

 



Valentine’s Day
ROMEO & JULIET
Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2:00pm
Stefan Jackiw, violin         
Actors from the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

TBA   Commissioned piece for 70th Season of the ASO     
Prokofiev   Selections from Romeo and Juliet
Tchaikovsky   Violin Concerto                 

 



BOLÉRO!

Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:00pm
Gabriel Martins, 2020 Schadt Competition Winner - Cello
Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Dvorak   Cello Concerto
Ravel   Mother Goose
Ravel   Boléro

 



RUSSIAN CLASSICS:  Night on Bald Mountain & More!

Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:30pm
Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 2:00pm
Allentown Symphony Chorus
Eduardo Azzati, Chorus Master

Selections include:
Mussorgsky   Night on Bald Mountain
“The Great Gate of Kiev” from Pictures at an Exhibition
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  Flight of the Bumblebee
BORODIN  Polovtsian Dances

 

 


POPS SERIES





HOTEL CALIFORNIA - A Salute to the Eagles

Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Ronald Demkee, conductor

ROCK and roll music still beats to the timeless sound of The Eagles.  But their greatest hits played by the ASO? This will rock your senses and take their electrifying sound to another level!  Join us for a trip down a dark desert highway.
Please note this is a tribute concert. The Eagles will not appear.

 



JOHN WILLIAMS – A Musical Tribute

Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Diane Wittry, conductor

LEGENDARY.  Iconic.  Unforgettable.  This is the magic of the world’s most celebrated film composer. Diane Wittry returns to the Pops stage to conduct this powerful tribute featuring many of Williams’ greatest hits including selections from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Harry Potter, Superman, and of course...Star Wars.

 



DAVE BRUBECK - 100th Birthday Anniversary

Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Diane Wittry, conductor  
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet

TAKE FIVE.  Diane Wittry and the ASO join the Brubeck Brothers Quartet for a 100th birthday celebration of the life and music of this extraordinary jazz legend – Dave Brubeck. Be there as two of Brubeck’s sons – Chris and Dan – take the stage with the ASO!

 



ARETHA: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul

Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Ronald Demkee, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
Ryan Shaw, vocalist

RESPECT.  That’s what singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Aretha Franklin gave to a generation of music lovers.  Capathia Jenkins, Ryan Shaw, and local gospel choirs join the ASO in this high energy tribute to the Queen of Soul. The show will include such hits as Respect, Think, A Natural Woman, Chain of Fools, and many others.

 



DISNEY IN CONCERT: A Magical Celebration

Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Ronald Demkee, conductor

MAGICAL.  This new Disney in Concert presentation will be an unforgettable musical adventure!  The ASO will be joined on stage with stellar Broadway vocalists for a magical celebration that includes selections from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tangled, Frozen, Coco, Moana, and more!
© Disney