Allentown Symphony Orchestra World Premiere

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra, winner of a 2014 Performance Grant, will be giving the World Premiere of Ode to Joy Fanfare by Diane Wittry on Saturday, April 11.  The work was written to precede Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  Wittry has this to say about the work: It’s the melody that everyone who attends the concert wants to hear, but “Ode to Joy,” with words based on a poem by Friedrich Schiller in 1785, sung by four soloists and a chorus doesn’t occur until about 45 minutes into the piece. To solve this dilemma, I decided to write an “Ode to Joy Fanfare”…