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Repertory Dance Theatre guest artists en pointe in annual ‘Nutcracker’ ballet

Friday, December 6, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) of the Lehigh Valley will present its production of the beloved holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” for two performances, 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, in the majestic Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The “Nutcracker,” accompanied by music of the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ronald Demkee, and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Choir, tells the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince and brings the magic of Christmas...

Moscow Ballet adds puppets, peacock to the ‘Nutcracker’

Friday, December 6, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Moscow Ballet “Great Russian Nutcracker” again comes to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 8 with a dazzling and lavish full-length production.

Based on the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and a stunning score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells the story of Masha, a young girl who receives a Nutcracker doll from her mysterious uncle. The Nutcracker comes to life and turns into a prince.

Masha and the Prince travel to the lush...

Pip the Mouse returns to Liberty Bell Museum

Friday, December 6, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its fanciful stage for another run of vintage seasonal fun in the Liberty Bell Museum, Allentown.

Pip and his holiday puppet show premiered at Hess’s, Ninth and Hamilton streets, in 1962. After the iconic Allentown department store closed, puppets, props and stage found a home at the Liberty Bell Museum where the holiday show has been going on since 2003.

“We’re adding an element that was in the original show that got lost over...

Healthy Geezer: If this makes you yawn, it’s cool

Friday, December 6, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Why do we yawn?

There are several theories about the cause of yawning. One of them has begun to gain more advocates. This theory is that we yawn to air-condition our brains.

In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Hypotheses, scientists Gary Hack of the University of Maryland and Andrew Gallup of Princeton University wrote that, during yawning, the sinuses act like bellows to cool off the brain. If you suffer from sinus congestion, you might yawn more.

“Brains...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, December 4: Beef and bean chili, chuck wagon corn, brown rice, fresh fruit salad.

Thursday, December 5: Italian pork chop, Italian green beans, roasted red potatoes, dinner roll, grapes.

Friday, December 6: Pineapple chicken, tropical vegetable medley, cilantro lime, brown rice, crackers, tropical fruit.

Monday, December 9: Beef w/ Monterey jack cheese, cheese mashed potatoes, sauteed peppers and onions, dinner roll,...

Bel Canto concert theme peace for holiday season

Friday, December 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

In addition to the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Dec. 7 and 8 concerts, Bel Canto, the youth choir affiliated with the Bach Choir, is holding its winter concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 7, St. John Windish Church, Bethlehem.

“Patrons can do a double-header,” says Joy Hirokawa, Bel Canto director. “The can go to the Bel Canto concert at 2, go out to dinner and then go to the Bach Choir concert.”

Hirokawa says Bel Canto’s program is eclectic and she’s very excited about it.

She says one...

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Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Christmas Bach: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s annual Christmas Concerts, with Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld, joined by members of the Bach Festival Orchestra and soloists, presents J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” which the choir first performed in 1903, and, for the first time, the choir performs G. F. Handel’s “Messiah,” Part One, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Crest and Tilghman streets, Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church, 2344 Center St.,...

Christmas tree inspires book

Friday, December 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Have you ever gone to the Christmas tree farm and cut down a tree, only to find when you got it home, there was a little eight-legged stowaway among the branches?

Erin Ferguson and her two daughters have. “We’ve been cutting down live trees for years and we always got a spider in our Christmas tree,” Ferguson says.

“One year, we named one Earl and joked about it all season. He became a part of our family and it started a yearly Christmas tradition of welcoming Earl back into...

‘Messiah’ meets ‘Magnificat’ is a first for Bach Choir of Bethlehem concert

Friday, December 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s a performance not to be missed.

And you will have two opportunties to experience it.

For the first time in the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s 122-year history, the renowned singers are performing Handel’s “Messiah.”

The first part of the monumental choral masterpiece will be performed along with Bach’s “Magnificat” at the Bach Choir’s Christmas concerts Dec. 7 and 8 in Allentown and Bethlehem.

The three-part oratorio about the life of Christ is a beloved holiday...

Christmas tours

Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

TROXELL-STECKEL:

A Pennsylvania-Dutch Christmas circa 1842 will be re-created, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 7, at the 1756 Troxell-Steckel Farmhouse, 4229 Reliance St., Egypt, Whitehall Township.

Tours depart approximately every 15 minutes from the farmstead’s barn.

The Pennsylvania-Dutch Belsnickel, also known as Nicholas in Furs, will give treats to visitors.

Visitors can watch the son of the family decorate the family Christmas tree.

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