Symphony created musical bliss with ‘blue’ theme
Many Morning Call readers might remember Johann Strauss’s “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” as the theme from Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Diane Wittry and the Allentown Symphony Orchestra brought these sweeping sounds to life this past weekend. Both Strauss and Kubrick would have been pleased.
Life has its ups and downs, especially for composers such as Rachmaninoff, whose psychological unmooring was explained by Ms. Wittry; but pianist Olga Kern provided both clarity and solidity to his Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. This was the second half of the weekend’s “blue” playbill.
In general, Miller Symphony Hall has seating with good sight lines so you can take note of the conductor’s cues that prompt the musicians. The synchronization by orchestral sections is dramatic. The acoustic sounds heard by the listener in Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall orchestra, mezzanine or balcony sections during live concerts undoubtedly surpass 90% of the sounds found in home loud speakers, headphones or ear pods.
The Allentown Symphony Orchestra created some musical bliss for those attending the Sept. 21 and 22 concerts.
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