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Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Bach Choir firsts: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents two firsts for its annual Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem: Benjamin Britten's "Saint Nicolas" and a collaboration with the Bel Canto Children's Chorus, above, Red Hill, Montgomery County. Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir artistic director and conductor, leads the two choirs, the Bach Festival Orchestra, and soloists Benjamin Butterfield, tenor...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by The Press in Focus

A traditional Moravian music Christmas concert and Lovefeast will be presented in partnership with ArtsQuest, 11 a.m. Dec. 8, Central Moravian Church, West Church and Main streets, Bethlehem.

The concert in the 1,200-seat sanctuary of the 206-year-old church includes Christmas carols and Moravian hymns accompanied by Main Street Brass, organ and choir. Brief historical descriptions of the Moravian heritage and traditions will be shared.

Tickets: christmascity. org

Of Britten and Bach

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld is clear about what the choir's annual Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, are all about.

"It's music in celebration of the birth of Christ, in celebration of the Nativity. Especially in what we affectionately call the Christmas City, the Christmas spirit is pervasive.

"The music gives that sense of hope and...

'Follies' fulfilled

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

Touchstone Theatre makes good on its promise of vaudevillian holiday hijinks with "Christmas City Follies XIII," which continues through Dec. 22.

Directed by "Follies" veteran Jp Jordan, the side-splitting show kicked off opening night, Nov. 30, with Touchstone Ensemble apprentices Gary Warren and Kyle Lewis as carolers singing a literal interpretation of the holiday classic "Deck the Halls," which involves beating fellow cast members with "boughs of holly."

"That is never...

St. Luke's University Hospital Network installs first GE Hybrid Operating Room

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Focus

A medical novice might be forgiven for imagining the soaring theme from the movie, "2001: A Space Odyssey," as the introduction of a futuristic-looking operating room unfolded recently at St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill.

With the familiar operating table and bright overhead lights, the scene was easily recognizable as a hospital surgical suite. But, as a large gantry with a C-shaped articulating arm silently glided from its resting place near the operating room wall to...

City Holiday Revue

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

There's no better way to get a laugh during the holiday season than by coming out to see The Second City's "Dysfunctional Holiday Revue," 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Second City is the Chicago-based improv group where many famous comedians like Tina Fey, Catherine O'Hara, Alan Alda, Eugene Levy and Gilda Radner got to expand their platform in comedy. Three Second City troupes are touring: the Green, Blue and Red...

Song sung Andreas

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Tony Award-nominated Christine Andreas doesn't so much sing a song as let the song sing her.

"When the song sings you, that's when you get the performance, not when you are singing the song," Andreas says in a recent phone interview.

Andreas will sing a variety of pop songs, accompanied by her husband, composer-pianist Martin Silvestri, in her Bethlehem debut, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

"For a new audience, I like...

CIVIC THEATRE

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Auditions for Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "August: Osage County," 7 p.m. March 1 - 9 and 2 p.m. March 10, 19th Street Theatre, are 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

Tracy Letts' Pulitzer prize-winning play will be directed by Civic Artistic Director William Sanders.

Actors new to Civic should prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue from a contemporary play. All will be asked to read from the script. Sides will be available at the audition one hour previous. Those auditioning are...

'Lincoln' deserves Oscar vote

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Lincoln," which depicts President Abraham Lincoln during the months leading up to and after the passage of the 13th Amendment that freed the slaves in the United States, is history brought to life.

"Lincoln" is astounding on several levels, not the least of which is one of cinema's most memorable performances: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.

Daniel Day-Lewis's uncanny and extraordinary performance lingers in the mind's eye: the folksy...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"A Christmas Carol with Gerald Charles Dickens," 7 p.m. Dec. 16; One-man show, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem. Meet and greet autograph session follows, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem. 610-866-5481

"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th Street, Allentown. civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943

"A Christmas Carol," 7:...