Allentown Symphony partners with composer Chris Rogerson for two-year residency

Posted on: November 30, 2020

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra has announced a three-concert chamber music series of new music, curated by Chris Rogerson, the orchestra’s first composer in residence, in 2021 and 2022. The series, to be held at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA, will feature music by local composition faculty members, university students, and high school students, as well as music by leading composers from the area. The series will be supported by a regional call for scores based on the themes and instrumentation of the concerts: music and poetry (April 2021), arts and visuals (fall 2021), and food and flavors (spring 2022). The deadline is December 11, 2020 to submit scores for the April 2021 music-and-poetry concert. Rogers will write three pieces during his two-year residency, the first timed for the orchestra’s 70th anniversary, the second written for and with input from students of the Allentown Symphony Association’s educational initiative, El Sistema Lehigh Valley. The third piece will be for orchestra and/or chorus and will premiere at the end of the 2021-22 season. In July, the orchestra presented a three-day online composer’s workshop led by Chris Rogerson and involving composition faculty from area schools and guest faculty.