“Jazz Upstairs” at Miller Symphony Hall welcomes vocalist Viktorija Gečytė with the Gene Perla Trio at 7:30 p.m. May 18 to the Rodale Community Room for the fifth consecutive year.
This year, the group is embarking on its 10th annual tour with 11 performances in May in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, followed by nine concerts in California.
Perla is excited about returning to the Rodale Room. “They only book twelve a year. We’re already booked for next year. Channel 39 has agreed to bring a camera crew. They’re going to record the whole evening.”
On April 28, Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall welcomes back the Curtis Symphony Orchestra with guest artist, operatic soprano Amanda Majeski.
The ensemble will be conducted by Karina Canellakis, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Julliard School and winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.
Local residents of a certain age can catalogue a host of changes they’ve witnessed in Northampton County over the years.
Veteran Lehigh Valley journalist and professor Glenn Kranzley has covered all the bases in his new book, “Still Changing, Still Home: Northampton County Since the 1950s.” He catches it all: from shrinking farmland to the traffic crunch, the economy, environment, culture, sports - you name it.
Kranzley presents a lecture, “Northampton County After Earth Day,” 2 p.m. April 21, Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton St., Easton.
The Allentown Band has a long and storied past, dating back 190 years, to what is said to be its first performance, July 4, 1828.
For the last 41 years, one man has been the face of the Allentown Band: Ronald Demkee.
The band’s conductor started his association with the United States’ oldest civilian concert band as a tubist in 1964 while attending West Chester University. The rest, as they say, is history.
Saxophone legend Dave Liebman returns to “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. April 20, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. This time, he brings keyboardist Bobby Avey to compliment his musical offerings.
Liebman has done it all. He’s a National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Master.” He has been named first place in the soprano sax category for Jazz Ed, Jazz Times, and Downbeat.
The Allentown Band has been a Lehigh Valley institution for 190 years. Ezra Wenner has been an institution in the Allentown Band for 75 years.
That’s 75 years of holding down the trombone chair in one of the United State’s finest concert bands. Wenner, 90, is believed to have played with the Allentown Band for more years than any other musician in the band.
Wenner has received recognition for his longevity in recent years.
In 2015, the Allentown Band board of directors named the band’s west Allentown headquarters Ezra Wenner Hall.
The Eric Mintel Quartet brings its unique style of jazz to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, 7:30 p.m. March 16, as part of the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room.
Audience members can expect to hear “originals and a lot of Dave Brubeck’s music ... ‘Take Five,’ ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk,’ some television themes like ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Mannix,’ plus a standard or two,” says Mintel in a phone interview.
Mintel’s jazz roots go way back.
The fifth time is the charm.
Pianist Simon Mulligan returns to Miller Symphony Hall’s “Jazz Upstairs” series for the fifth time at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, accompanied by Gene Perla, bass, and Dave Willard, drums.
Mulligan has classical and jazz chops. He studied music at St Paul’s School and the Royal Academy of Music, both London, and the International Piano Academy, Lake Como, Italy.
Laurence Hobgood and his trio brings an innovative, engaging brand of jazz to Allentown Symphony Hall, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, in the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room.
Hobgood is noted for his near 20-year collaboration with singer Kurt Elling, a combination that garnered 10 Grammy nominations. He’s also a top-notch jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and producer as well as a Yamaha artist and Grammy winner for his 2009 CD, “Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman.”
You can ring in the holidays with world-class brass at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall. The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass (RMPBB) presents “Holiday Brass” at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
The ensemble is composed of some of the United States’ top brass musicians and aims to celebrate peace and the unity of the human spirit through a variety of holiday music. There will be 11 musicians on stage: five trumpets, three trombones, French horn, tuba, drummer, and, for the Allentown concert, a narrator.