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8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, April 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Mighty Mahler:The Allentown Symphony Orchestra, with Diane Wittry, Music Director-Conductor, performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, C minor ”Resurrection,” 7:30 p.m. April 8 and 3 p.m. April 9, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The concerts feature the Allentown Symphony Chorus, with Eduardo Azzati, Chorus Master, and vocal soloists Charlotte Daw Paulsen, above left, mezzo soprano, and Ashley Milanese, above right, soprano. The concert will not have an intermission. “Meet the Artist,” noon April 7, with Wittry, Azatti, Daw Paulsen, Milanese and Todd Cravens, ASO Conducting Fellow. The talk is free and open to the public. Allentown Symphony Orchestra concert tickets: Miller Symphony Hall Box Office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; allentownsymphony.org; 610-432-6715. Students are admitted free of charge.

Back in State:For the first time since 2004, Olivia Newton-John, above, returns to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, for a concert, 7:30 p.m. April 13. Newton-John’s 1973 debut album, “Let Me Be There,” produced her first Top 10 single. She’s had 10 No. 1 hits, including “Physical,” which topped the charts for 10 straight weeks, and more than 15 Top 10 singles. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in the movie, “Grease,” and its best-selling soundtrack featured the duets, “You’re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights,” with Travolta, and her hit, “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” Her personal triumph against breast cancer led her to found the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in her hometown, Melbourne, Australia. Concert tickets: State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton St., Easton; statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132

Concert “Thread”:Rosanne Cash, above, features music from her acclaimed 2014 album, “The River & the Thread,” in her concert, 7 p.m. April 8, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. “The River & the Thread” includes 11 original songs written by Cash and her longtime collaborator and husband, John Leventhal, the album’s producer, arranger and guitarist. Cash is a four-time Grammy Award recipient, including three for “The River & the Thread”: Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance (“A Feather’s Not A Bird”). Cash, who’s in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, has 15 albums and charted 21 Top 40 country singles, 11 of which were No. 1. Concert tickets: State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton St., Easton; statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132