Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Fest cancels 2020 season, Allentown Symphony Diane Wittry concerts canceled

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to roil the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene as the crisis of cancellations continues.

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra concerts to honor the 25th anniversary season of ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry will not take place.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has canceled its 2020 summer season.

The Allentown Art Museum is closed “indefinitely.”

The 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival, May 8, 9 and May 15 and 17, is canceled.

Coronavirus impact: Michael Bublé postpones PPL Center concert, tour

Friday, April 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has claimed another major tour that includes the Michael Bublé’ concert at PPL Center, Allentown.

A rescheduled date for “An Evening With Michael Bublé,” May 19, PPL Center, is to be announced.

Tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date, according to the PPL Center website.

“Hold on to your tickets and they will be honored for the rescheduled dates that we will be revealing once they are confirmed,” said Don Fox, tour national promoter.

Coronavirus closings: PSF at DeSales U. will return in 2021

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy had high hopes for the 2020 season.

Now he has high hopes for the Festival’s 2021 season.

“We were really excited about this season and we are still excited about this selection of extraordinary plays,” Mulcahy says in a March 30 phone interview hours after he announced that, “In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has announced the cancellation of all performances for its upcoming summer season.”

The cancellation is Shakespearean in its irony.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Fest cancels 2020 season, Allentown Symphony Diane Wittry concerts canceled

Monday, March 30, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to roil the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene as the crisis of cancellations continues.

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra concerts to honor the 25th anniversary season of ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry will not take place.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has canceled its 2020 summer season.

The Allentown Art Museum is closed “indefinitely.”

Updated list of closings because of Coronavirus

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Here’s an update, as of March 27, of Lehigh Valley arts, entertainment and cultural closings, cancellations or postponements. The list is in alphabetical order.

Allentown Art Museum - Closed indefinitely. April 4 Gala canceled

AMC Theatres - Closed as of March 17 for “at least six to 12 weeks.”

America on Wheels, Allentown - Closed

Coronavirus closings: Muhlenberg College cancels summer theater

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Charles Richter won’t be around this summer to celebrate his 40th anniversary as cofounder of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

That’s because there will be no Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) this summer.

“I pulled the plug on Tuesday [March 17] because I think now people are beginning to realize that this [Coronavirus pandemic] is a long haul,” said Richter, MSMT Artistic Director.

Coronavirus closings: Civic Theatre dark, artistic staff laid off

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The staff of Civic Theatre of Allentown has been laid off and the anchor of Allentown’s West End Theatre District is closed.

Civic Theatre has launched a campaign, #IAMCIVICTHEATRE, to raise funds for operating expenses to reopen the historic theater which produces plays and musicals, has a children’s theater school, an art gallery, and screens arthouse, foreign and classic films.

Coronavirus closings update: Allentown Symphony cancels Diane Wittry tribute concert; Allentown Art Museum closed; Bach Festival may be impacted

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on the greater Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene continues as the crisis of cancellations expands.

Among the latest casualties are Allentown Symphony Orchestra concerts to honor the 25th anniversary season of ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry.

Also canceled is the Allentown Band’s “Side By Side” concert.

And, the Allentown Art Museum is closed “indefinitely.”

COVID-19 closes Nineteenth Street Theatre; Civic Theatre of Allentown lays off its staff

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The staff of Civic Theatre of Allentown has been laid off and the anchor of Allentown’s West End Theatre District is closed.

Civic Theatre has launched a campaign, #IAMCIVICTHEATRE, to raise funds for operating expenses to reopen the historic theater which produces plays and musicals and screens arthouse, foreign and classic films.

Coronavirus A&E closings: State Theatre, Penn’s Peak, Sherman Theatre extending postponements through April

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the Coronoavirus pandemic on the greater Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene continues through April and beyond, with concerts at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Penn’s Peak and Sherman Theater postponed, productions at DeSales University and Touchstone Theatre canceled, and the entire 40th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre on hiatus.

The wave of coronavirus closings washed across the Lehigh Valley with the Allentown Art Museum; Civic Theatre of Allentown; SteelStacks, Bethlehem, and Wind Creek Bethlehem, shuttered temporarily.