Now in its 64th season, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra is the leading symphonic ensemble in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Under the musical leadership of Music Director/Conductor Diane Wittry, the Allentown Symphony performs five Subscription Concerts each year in Allentown’s historic, 1150-seat Symphony Hall. In 2014-2015, these concerts will again be offered on both Saturdays evenings and Sunday afternoons.
In addition, the orchestra also performs Educational, Youth and Family Concerts that reach more than 5,000 children each year, and presents the annual Symphony Ball, for decades a leading annual social event in the Lehigh Valley. In March each year, the Allentown Symphony hosts the Schadt String Competition, a national competition for professional violinists, cellists and guitarists.
The Allentown Symphony has had only three music directors throughout its history, each bringing a high level of artistic quality to Lehigh Valley audiences. Donald Voorhees, famed conductor of the “Bell Telephone Hour,” served as the first music director of the Allentown Symphony for over thirty years from 1951 to 1983. Under his direction, the orchestra collaborated with such music legends as Placido Domingo, Phyllis Curtin, Rudolf Serkin, John Corigliano, Benny Goodman, and many others. William Smith conducted the Symphony from 1986 to 1990. Serving as assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra at this same time, Maestro Smith brought much prestige to his post and provided renewed precision to the orchestra. In 1995, the Allentown Symphony appointed Diane Wittry as its third music director and conductor. Maestra Wittry’s original programming style and commitment to new music continues to excite and inspire local audiences, and has gained acclaim and recognition throughout the Lehigh Valley and the nation.