Northwestern Press

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Classical Views: Once again, the circus comes to town

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Allentown Symphony Orchestra hosts "Cirque de la Symphonie"

I vividly remember my very first circus experience. It was the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus three-ring big-top circus.

Everything was so colorful and the acrobatic acts were so spectacular and engaging. I was entranced from the very first moment the show began.

A circus just wouldn't be as exciting if you didn't have some great music to go with it. Heart-warming melodies, toe-tapping rhythms, and fast, furious musical passages show off the skill of the orchestra as well as the circus performer.

Classical Views: Play 'Phantasy' for me with the ASO

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

How do you get to Miller Symphony Hall? Practice

Have you ever fantasized about doing something unusual, out of the ordinary, over the top? Something that you thought might only be possible in your dreams, or in another life-time?

Maybe you wanted to climb Mount Everest, or become an Olympic ice skating champion, or an explorer in the Amazon?

Often the activities we become involved with as children and through high school and college are the ones that we care the most about although we don't pursue them as a career. Sports and music are two very popular activities that many people are involved with growing up.

Classical Views: Da, da, da, dah! Beethoven's 5th

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Allentown Symphony concert includes Sierra debut, guest soloist Matt Haimovitz on Elgar Cello Concerto

The first four notes of Beethoven's 5th Symphony are perhaps the most well-known in the world. We hear them and we immediately know the piece. In reality, it is only two notes, because the first note is repeated three times: da, da, da, dah! This piece crosses cultural boundaries and has been adapted into all different types of orchestration, including versions that incorporate rock 'n' roll and disco beats.