“Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas” brings holiday hits of the season to the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
Vocalist Michelle Berting Brett and her seven-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe, perform songs from Karen and Richard Carpenters’ two Christmas albums and some of their iconic hit singles.
Karen Carpenter (1950 - 1983) died more than three decades ago, but the pop music she made with her brother is still popular.
The Ten Tenors is back in the United States for its December holiday tour, which includes a concert, “The Ten Tenors: Home For The Holidays,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
The Meistersingers of Southern Lehigh High School open the concert.
Following 20 years of sold-out performances across the globe, the vocal group’s 18-date tour of the East and Midwest has “pure electricity and undeniable drama,” according to the Los Angeles Times. With more than 2,000 headliner concerts, The Ten Tenors is Australia’s premier classical-crossover vocalists.
“Christmas Wonderland: A Holiday Spectacular,” one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows this side of the North Pole, will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
When the Oak Ridge Boys got back together, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
“We sat down face-to-face and did it individually and we decided as a first step, let’s renew our friendship, And we did,” says Richard Sterban, The Oaks’ bass singer.
“We asked each other for forgiveness. And we did. We got together and sang one day and I’ll tell you, there was not a dry eye among the four of us.”
The Oak Ridge Boys, with one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in music, performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.
In just five years, Pentatonix has sold more than six million albums in the United States alone and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at sold-out shows around the world.
The five-some, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Moldanodo, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, got its start after appearing on the reality TV competition show, “The Sing-Off,” devoted solely to a cappella groups. Pentatonix won the competition and was awarded $200,000 and a recording contract.
On their 25th anniversary tour and after a seven-year hiatus, Live impressed its fans with a performance of undeniable camaraderie at on the Sands Steel Stage Aug. 7 at Musikfest, Bethlehem.
As the concert began, the stage was backdropped with white lights that spelled out the name, “Live,” and flashing red lights as energetic passion exploded from lead singer Ed Kowalczyk when he sang “All Over You.”
The recently reunited Live, on its 25th anniversary “The Reunion World Tour,” joins the Musikfest headliner lineup at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Black Pistol Fire opens the show.
Live, a multi-platinum alternative rock band from York, Pennsylvania, consisting of Ed Kowalczyk, vocals-guitar; Chad Taylor, guitar-backing vocals; Patrick Dalheimer, bass, and Chad Gracey, drums-percussion, has sold more than 22 million albums and charted two No. 1 albums, “Throwing Copper” and “Secret Samadhi.”
“The Little Prince,” with actors and puppeteers sharing the stage, will be presented in the “Family Series: Live Musical Theatre,” 2 p.m. April 29, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The Antione de St. Exupery classic children’s book about a pilot whose plane crashes in the Sahara Desert and gains insight into love, loss and laughter through the eyes of The Little Prince, is brought to the stage by Swazzle, a Glendale, Calif.,-based puppet company founded in 2004 by twin brothers Sean and Patrick Johnson.
The Allentown Symphony Orchestra presents “Peter and the Wolf,” composed by Sergei Prokofiev, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The “ASO Family Classical Concert” program, in addition to “Peter and the Wolf,” includes Mozart, “Marriage of Figaro Overture”; Haydn, “Toy Symphony”; Rimsky-Korsakov, “Flight of the Bumblebee.”
“Peter and the Wolf” is narrated by Really Inventive Stuff, founded by Sara Valentine and Michael Boudewyns. Really Inventive Stuff, based near Portland, Me., was founded in 2004 by Boudewyns and his wife, Valentine.
Sing for America: Family theater troupe brings ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’ to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown
For its 10th anniversary season, Sing for America is presenting “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” opening Dec. 28 and continuing through Jan. 8, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
Sing for America was founded by Taryn Gilbert and her four siblings in 2005. The choral and theater troupe provides an artistic outlet for under-served communities. The Gilbert Family, which hails from the Easton area, raise money for families of active serving military.