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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

The Bennett touch: Tony Bennett, above, 18-time Grammy Award-winner whose career spans more than six decades, performs at 8 p.m. May 1, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. 2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the singer's signature song, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," as well as the release of a documentary film, "The Zen Of Bennett," by his son and manager Danny Bennett. Bennett's fourth book, "Life Is A Gift," released in 2012, was on The New York Times Best Seller list. In 2014...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by The Press in Focus

The "Journey" continues: Touchstone Theatre continues its two-year project exploring the history and heritage of the Chinese community in the Lehigh Valley and the United States with "Journey from the East," right, a free outdoor performance, 3 p.m. April 18, 19, 25 and 26, Chinese Harmony Pavilion, South Bethlehem Greenway, Bethlehem.

"Journey from the East" is written by Touchstone co-founder Bill George and Touchstone Associate-Moravian College Director of Theatre Christopher Shorr...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Stoneback back: Rob Stoneback returns to the "Jazz Upstairs" series, 7:30 p.m. April 17, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. This time, it's the Rob Stoneback Septet, abover, performing straight-ahead jazz, from Dixieland to Swing to Bop. In concert, Stoneback and his band has backed Natalie Cole, Johnny Mathis, The Manhattan Transfer, Aretha Franklin, Olivia Newton-John, Englebert Humperdinck, Joel Grey, Bobby Rydell, Al Martino, Sonny and Cher, Steve...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Nicely, Nicely: "Guys and Dolls," above, one of the greatest musicals of the American stage, will be presented at 7 p.m. April 1, State Theater Center for the Arts, Easton. The show's many memorable songs include "Fugue for Tinhorns," "The Oldest Established," "I'll Know," "A Bushel And A Peck," "Adelaide's Lament," "If I Were A Bell," "Sue Me," "Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat" and "Luck Be A Lady." Music and lyrics are by the legendary Frank Loesser. The masterfully witty book is by Joe...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by PHOTO JOHN F. SIMITZ COURTESY THE MORNING CALL in Focus

"Dream" book: A book release and signing of "Living the Dream," written by Dr. Rudy S. Ackerman and edited by Tim Higgins, will be held 5 - 8 p.m. March 25 and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 28, The Baum School of Art, 510 W Linden St., Allentown. "Rudy Ackerman has created a personal story that provides an overview of his dedication and love for the institutions he has served. The Baum School of Art is proud to celebrate his decades of accomplishments," said Shannon Fugate, Executive Director of...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

King is a Queen: "A Legend in Concert: Peggy King and The All-Star Jazz Trio" is next in the "Jazz Upstairs" series, 7:30 p.m. March 20, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The Greensburg, Westmoreland County, native got her start with Ray Anthony; was in the movie, "The Bad And The Beautiful" (1952) with Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner, and was on the "George Gobel Show" (1954 - '57). King, above, who has a star on the "Hollywood Walk Of Fame," sang the Oscar-nominated song...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by PHOTO ARI MICHELSON in Focus

Diamond in Allentown: Neil Diamond, above, iconic Grammy Award-winning rock and pop singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, kicks off his 2015 world tour in Allentown at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 1 at the PPL Center, Seventh and Hamilton streets, Allentown. Diamond's latest album, "Melody Road," was released in October 2014 on Capitol Records. Diamond has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums in the United States. His 2008 studio release, "Home Before Dark," debuted...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Sinatra Centennial: The 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth is celebrated with "Steve Lippia's Centennial Sinatra," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. With a hot, driving band behind him, Lippia, above, sings American Songbook standards identified with "Old Blue Eyes," including "I've Got You Under My Skin," "The Lady Is A Tramp," "Mack The Knife," "Summer Wind," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "That's Life" and "The Best Is Yet To Come." Lippia's natural sound...

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by The Press in Focus

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Classically acrobatic: "Cirque de la Symphonie," above, a circus show set to classical music performed by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 3 p.m. Feb. 15, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Classical favorites include Rimsky-Korsakov's "Danse of the Buffoons," Bizet's "Carmen," Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake Ballet" and Dvorak"s "The Carnival Overture." Cirque de la Symphonie tours with symphony orchestras in the United States....

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by PHOTO MATTHEW WRIGHT in Focus

Masters of the dance: The Muhlenberg College dance program showcases world premiere works by eight accomplished choreographers in its annual "Master Choreographers" concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 5, 6 and 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 7, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. Karen Dearborn, concert artistic director, is one of the featured choreographers. The concert will feature "Prayers," choreographed by guest artist Jessica Lang. The concert showcases a...