Sym­phony cre­ated mu­si­cal bliss with ‘blue’ theme

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

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.

Richard Stevens Po­hat­cong Town­ship, N.J.

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