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Friday, March 24, 2017

3 x 3: Diverse views, diverse artists in Muhlenberg College galleries

Friday, March 3, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Three separate exhibitions are on view in Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. These are diverse views and diverse artists, each with a distinct perspective.

AM DeBrincat’s “Speculative Fiction” is on display in the Galleria Lobby.

Patricia Satterlee’s “Already Gone” is also in the Galleria.

George Afedzi Hughes’ “Urban Allusions” is in Martin Art Gallery.

In “Speculative Fiction,” continuing through March 27, DeBrincat assembles mixed media...

Princeton organist in ‘Extravaganza’ series

Friday, March 3, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Eric Plutz, Organist at Princeton University, performs in the “Noon-10 Concert,” 12:10 p.m. March 7, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, as part of a week-long “Organ Extravaganza,” March 5-12, presented by the Allentown Symphony.

Plutz will perform major pieces by Bach and Mendelssohn as well as selections such as “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” and “All Through the Night.”

Plutz, Dean of the Central New Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of...

‘Holy Stuff’ visits happy places

Friday, March 3, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Explore all that is held scared in the modern day with Emma Ackerman’s one-woman show, “The Complete and Authoritative Tour of Holy Stuff,” in its world premiere, March 2-12, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

“‘The Complete and Authoritative Tour of Holy Stuff’ is a non-linear pilgrimage of someone trying out different things that you could consider holy things like religion or nature-based spirituality or football or television. Basically, all of the things that we...

Steve Hackett sounds ‘Night Siren’ for world peace

Friday, March 3, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Guitar virtuoso and prolific composer, Steve Hackett, formerly of the band, Genesis, releases his album, “The Night Siren” (InsideOut Music-Sony) on March 24.

Hackett presents extraordinary versatility in guitar playing and composing, and blends influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues.

Hackett has a new show, “Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett.” Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Genesis album, “Wind and Wuthering,” Hackett and his band are...

Concert Theater Review: ‘Nightingale’ sings for Bach Choir ‘Family’

Friday, March 3, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Imaginations soared with song and story for “The Nightingale,” The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra annual “Family Concert,” a collaboration with Mock Turtle Marionette Theater.

Bach Choir artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld set the tone for the Feb. 26 event with heartwarming stories of past young audience members. One girl had sweetly told him after a “Bach to School” concert that “It sounded so real.” Another shared that she had “practiced sitting still...

Oscar contest winner to be announced

Friday, March 3, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Well, it wasn’t exactly: #oscarsowrong, or #wrongenvelopeplease, but among the dozens who entered the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscars” contest, not one person correctly picked all Oscar recipients in the contest’s seven categories.

And while we’re reluctant to consult Pricewaterhousecooper, the accounting and bookeeping firm in charge of getting the right envelope to the right person on Oscar night, we needed more time at deadline to determine the...

‘Organ Extravaganza’ schedule, March 5-12

Friday, March 3, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The week-long “Organ Extravaganza” is a series of free performances on outstanding pipe and digital organs in the Lehigh Valley:

American Guild of Organists Concert, 3 p.m. March 5, Egner Chapel, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown

“Meet the Organ” Happy Hour, hosted by Allen Organ, 5:30 p.m. March 6, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown

Eric Plutz, Organist at Princeton University, “Noon-10 Concert,” 12:10 p.m. March 7, St. John’s Lutheran...

Mozart in the afternoon for PSO concert series

Friday, March 3, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, directed by Music Conductor Allan Birney, presents “An Afternoon with Mozart,” 4 p.m. March 5, Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.

The All-Mozart concert on a March afternoon has become an anticipated part on the annual Sinfonia season. The program highlights the work of just one genius composer, but includes a breadth of emotions conveyed by strings and winds. From the pen of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart come works that are in turn...

Salisbury: ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

Friday, March 3, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Salisbury High School presents the 1999 Broadway revival of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” based on characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz for his popular newspaper comic strip “Peanuts.” With music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, the musical comedy originally premiered off-Broadway in 1967.

Show times are 7 p.m. March 9, 10, 11 and 3 p.m. March 12, auditorium, Salisbury High School, 500 E. Montgomery St., Allentown.

Will Windsor Erwin directs the Salisbury...