Spring awakening: Allentown Symphony adds chamber, jazz, and outdoor performances

Posted on: April 22, 2021

“Slowly but surely, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra is coming out of a purely virtual world,” writes Steve Siegel in Wednesday’s (4/21) Morning Call (Allentown, PA). “The spring season will bring live jazz programs, an orchestral concert series recorded live from the Symphony Hall stage, the debut of a New Music Chamber Series, and a new live music series featuring ASO musicians available to perform outdoor programs by request…. The ASO’s upcoming 2021/2022 season [will] be announced by early May…. ‘For now, we’re being cautious by first bringing back a chamber-sized orchestra onstage,’ … Allentown Symphony Association executive director Al Jacobsen states. [This spring] ASO music director and conductor Diane Wittry will return to the podium to lead the Allentown Symphony Orchestra in three new concerts. Each program, recorded live from the stage, will feature a premiere…. The first concert [on] May 1 [will feature] Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and ASO principal trumpet Omri Barak in J.B.G. Neruda’s ‘Corno da Caccia Concerto in E-flat major.’ Also on the program is Louise Farrenc’s Overture No. 2 in E-Flat Major [orchestrated] by Wittry…. The May 29 program … features [‘In Passing,’] a work by Chris Rogerson, ASO’s first Composer in Residence.”