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CONCERT REVIEW The music of Bach abides in Bethlehem

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem was forged by Bethlehem Steel Corp. chieftain Charles M. Schwab who lured J. Fred Wolle back from a University of California professorship to again lead the choir in 1911, with the Bethlehem Bach Festival resuming the next year in Packer Church, Lehigh University.

Wolle had rehearsed and conducted The Bach Choir of Bethlehem's first American performance of Bach's The Mass in B Minor in 1900 in Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem.

While "The...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

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NOLA on the Lehigh: The New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) jazz sound of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, above, opens RiverJazz, 7:30 p.m. May 9, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The group, a touring act for half a century, derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter that was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or...

THEATER REVIEW Civic's 'Next to Normal' is anything but

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Next To Normal" is certainly not your normal musical.

It defies the conventions of traditional Broadway fare in several ways.

"Next to Normal," through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, has very few spoken words of dialogue. The story is advanced through songs 17 in act one and 20 (including five reprises) in act two, for a total of 37 production numbers.

This is about double the number of songs in a typical musical. "Chicago," for example, has 11 songs in act one and...

SYMPHONY POPS

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Muhlenberg College sophomore Morgan Reilly will be featured in the Elton John-Kiki Dee duet for "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" during "Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy" Allentown Symphony Pops concert, 8 p.m. May 11, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Reilly, a 2011 Parkland High School graduate, has appeared on stage at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College and Bucks County Playhouse.

She most recently performed as Gypsy Rose Lee...

Playing 'Allentown' in Allentown

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

I don't know if Billy Joel did us a favor or not when he wrote the famous "Allentown" song, but either way you view it, he put the city of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley on the map.

Just last week, as I was traveling, conducting concerts, someone asked me if I conducted the orchestra in the city of Allentown that Billy Joel had written the song about.

Since the release of "that" song in 1982 and over the last two decades or so, the Lehigh Valley has changed tremendously....

To Grover Washington Jr. with jazz

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Producer, arranger, composer and keyboardist Jason Miles has been bringing audiences to their feet at jazz festivals all over the United States with "To Grover with Love," a tribute to the music of Grover Washington Jr., which will be presented during RiverJazz, 8:30 p.m. May 24, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Chick Corea and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are two of the many acts in the 2013 RiverJazz presented by Concannon Miller, May 9...

STEELSTACKS

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

SteelStacks Art and Architecture Tours, presented by Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites and ArtsQuest, are being given 11 a.m. Fridays - Sundays.

The tours start at the former 1863 Stock House, now a Visitor Center for the City of Bethlehem.

Included on the 75-minute tour, led by former Bethlehem Steel workers or guides who had family and friends who worked at "The Steel," are examples of significant buildings erected as far back as the 1860s.

The tour is an addition to...

When buying plants, consider life cycle

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

As you go to the garden center and are looking to buy some plants, keep their life cycles in mind.

If you want something that you don't have to plant each year, don't buy annuals.

Here are tips that will help you buy the kind of plants that you want for your flower garden.

Plants are classified by the number of growing seasons required to complete their life cycle. Generally, these groups are annuals, biennials and perennials.

Annuals will provide continuous...

'Oblivion': Cruise drone-alone

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Oblivion" is a stunning sci-fi thriller that transports you to another world: Earth in the not two-distant future.

The year is 2077, intones Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) in the prologue. An alien invasion has made the planet uninhabitable, he tells us. Surviving humans have fled to Triton, a moon of Saturn.

Harper is a kind of space-age mechanic. Only, instead of repairing cars, he repairs drones, which have been developed into all-purpose super-fast, super-lethal security forces...