Romance: the stuff that fairy tales are made of. We all seek it, want it, dream about it. Romance is that elusive thing that we search for to enrich our lives. It is almost as if without it, we are not quite whole.
To begin the fall season, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, "A Broadway Romance" concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 7, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, brings us a story of romance on stage and off stage.
I don't know if Billy Joel did us a favor or not when he wrote the famous "Allentown" song, but either way you view it, he put the city of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley on the map.
Just last week, as I was traveling, conducting concerts, someone asked me if I conducted the orchestra in the city of Allentown that Billy Joel had written the song about.
An orchestra is an amazing ensemble composed of so many wonderful instruments. When put together, the sounds that they produce can be absolutely stunning.
French composer Maurice Ravel was a master at creating new sounds for the orchestra. In his ballet "Daphnis and Chloe," he uses a very large orchestra and writes in such a way that the music just cascades around us. He even uses a large chorus as an instrumental sound, where all the members of the chorus sing on the syllable "Ah" and the voices meld into the orchestra, creating yet another color for our ears to enjoy.
If you look up the word "diva" in the dictionary, it means a "highly-distinguished female singer; derived from the Italian word for "a goddess."
Goddesses will abound on the Allentown Symphony Hall stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 as we feature two very "Wicked Divas" singing your favorite Broadway hit songs.