Paul McCartney tribute, Armistice anniversary with Daniel Roebuck highlight Allentown Symphony's new season
By John J. Moser
Contact Reporter Of The Morning Call
FEBRUARY 27, 2018
Tony Kishman as Paul McCartney will highlight Allentown Symphony Orchestra's 2018-19 season (Contributed photo)
A tribute to one of the most successful composers and performers of all time will highlight Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s Pops Series this year, it has been announced.
Tony Kishman from Broadway’s “Beatlemania” and formerly with the Classical Mystery Tour, will present Live and Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney, at 7:30 p.m. July 21 at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall.
The show will be a highlight of the orchestra’s 2018-19 season of 15 pops, classical and family series performances.
Other highlights include a Veterans Tribute: 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day program featuring narration by film and television actor and Bethlehem native Daniel Roebuck at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 3 p.m. Nov. 11. A free meet-the-artist will be at noon Nov. 9.
LIVE AND LET DIE THE MUSIC OF PAUL MCCARTNEY FT. TONY KISHMAN
Tickets for the Pops series – which also will feature a program of Broadway tenors, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and a program of Disney music -- go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2, at the box office at 23 N. 6thSt., Allentown, at 610-432-6715 and www.millersymphonyhall.org. Tickets start at $25 plus fees.
Subscription tickets for the season are on sale now, and subscriptions are at last year’s prices through Thursday. Single-show tickets go on sale 10 a.m. June 1.
New this season will be an afternoon chamber music series, with Sunday afternoon performances at 3 p.m. Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Feb. 24, 2019 and May 12, 2019. Single tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door, or $90 for the series.
McCartney is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (solo and with The Beatles) and an 18-time Grammy Award winner. He has written or co-written 32 songs that have reached No. 1 on Billboard’s singles chart, such as “Penny Lane” and “Live and Let Die.” His Beatles song “Yesterday” has been recorded by more than 2,200 artists, making it among the most-covered songs in popular music history.
The classical series will open at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and 3 p.m. Sept. 23 with 2001: A Space Odyssey & Grieg, with pianist George Li performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor. The program consists of works by Wagner, Grieg and Strauss. A free meet-the-artist will be at noon Sept. 21.
The Armistice Day program will consist of works inspired by the experiences of soldiers from World War I. Roebuck, who has on television on shows including “Maverick,” “NCIS” and “Lost,” will narrate Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” using excerpts from the Gettysburg Address. Also, Daniel Rodriguez, known as The Singing Policeman, will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.”
Tickets for the classical series also start at $25, with shows free for students 21 or younger. Also in the classical series will be:
Appalachian Spring & Rhapsody in Blue, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2019, and 3 p.m. Feb. 10, 2019. A free meet-the-artist will be at noon Feb. 8, 2019. The program of Gershwin and ballet choreographed for Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite will feature jJazz pianist Simon Mulligan on two songs.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 7:30 p.m. March 16, 2019, and 3 p.m. March 17, 2019. A free meet-the-artist will be at noon March 15, 2019. Shakespeare-inspired music with actors from the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and singers from Parkland High School’s Women’s Chorale.
Verdi’s Requiem, 7:30 p.m. April 13 and 3 p.m. April 14, 2019. A free meet-the-artist will be at noon April 12. With Muhlenberg College Chorus and Allentown Symphony Chorus.
Other shows in the pops series will be:
The Broadway Tenors, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 2018. Performing music from “South Pacific,” “West Side Story,” “Les Miserables” and more will be Broadway performers Matt Cavenaugh, Brent Barrett, and Jeff Kready.
A Tribute to Ella!, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 2019. Soloists Capathia Jenkins, Aisha de Haas and Nikki Renee, who have performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television and in films, sing selections from Ella Fitzgerald.
Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish, 7:30 p.m. May 11, 2019. Allentown Symphony Orchestra performs to clips of such films as “Frozen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and more.
The family concert series will be:
To The Moon And Back! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing with film from NASA, 2 p.m. Feb. 23, 2019. Pieces by Strauss, Debussy and Beethoven, and the “Star Wars” theme, and will be accompanied by a film from NASA. Tickets start at $30; students under 21 free.
Repertory Dance Theatre with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra present Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, 2018. A cast of 100 dancers performs the holiday classic. Land of Sweets party with dancers and Santa after Saturday performance. Tickets start at $43.
Allentown Symphony Orchestra 2018-19 season
Season tickets for 15 pops, classical, family and chamber series performances on sale now at the box office at 23 N. 6th St., Allentown, at 610-432-6715 and www.millersymphonyhall.org. Discount at 2017-18 prices through March 1 Pop series shows on sale 10 a.m. March 2. Other single-show tickets on sale 10 a.m. June 1.