Diane Wittry, Allentown Symphony’s longtime music director, to receive honor on Sept. 26

Posted on: September 9, 2019

“Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s music director and conductor Diane Wittry, who will start her 25th season with the symphony with the Sept. 21 opening … will be honored for Outstanding Achievement in Literary Arts” on September 26 at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall, writes John Moser in Friday’s (9/6) Morning Call (Allentown, PA). Wittry be will receive her honor, along with other Allentown-area individuals and organizations, at the Allentown Arts Commission’s 31st Arts Ovation Award at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall on September 26. “The symphony association’s El Sistema Lehigh Valley program, which gives students two hours of music classes and tutoring a day, and a new degree of community recognition, also will be honored for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Education…. Wittry has written two books … ‘Beyond the Baton’ [and] ‘Baton Basics—Communicating Music Through Gestures.’ … She’s also a sought-out conducting teacher and mentor… Since joining Allentown Symphony, Wittry has expanded the orchestra to perform throughout the region. In recent years, ASO performed a … concert at the Levitt Pavilion in Bethlehem, an orchestra-on-ice program at Allentown’s PPL Center, and a concert this spring at State Theatre in Easton. Last year, Wittry agreed to extend her contract through 2021.”

Posted September 9, 2019