An orchestra is an amazing ensemble composed of so many wonderful instruments. When put together, the sounds that they produce can be absolutely stunning.
French composer Maurice Ravel was a master at creating new sounds for the orchestra. In his ballet "Daphnis and Chloe," he uses a very large orchestra and writes in such a way that the music just cascades around us. He even uses a large chorus as an instrumental sound, where all the members of the chorus sing on the syllable "Ah"...
"Zero Dark Thirty," an Oscar picrtue nominee and an American Film Institute movie of the year, is an intense cinema-going experience.
"Zero Dark Thirty" is nothing less than an account of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon and bin Laden's killing by United States Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.
Director Kathryn Bigelow apparently had access to classified...
Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.
"9 to 5," 8 p.m. Feb. 21 - 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown. cedarcrest.edu, 800-360-1222
"A Tale of Two Cities," 8 p.m., Wednesdays - Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 20 - March 3; 9:45 a.m. Feb. 25, 26, Main Stage Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192
"Bartholomew Fair," 8 p.m. Feb. 21 - 23; 2 p.m. Feb....
Landing the laughs: "Boeing, Boeing" lands the laughs at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem. But you'd better make your reservations now because the show ends its run this weekend. The farce, based on a French play, was made into a movie in 1965 starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. The Playhouse cast, above, left to right, Annie Locke (Gretchen), Mark A. Saylor (Robert), Beth Linzer (Berthe), Joanne Rooney (Gloria), Seth Rohrbach (Bernard) and Kelly-Anne Rohrbach (Gabriella), is directed...
Take one-part theatrical spectacle, toss in operatic vocals, add in wind instruments, accordion, violin, upright bass, saxophone, musical saw, sprinkle with a dash of belly dancing and a dollop of Klezmer for seasoning, add a hint of vaudeville, blend it together vigorously, turn it upside down and send it out on a road trip from Portland, Ore., and you have Vagabond Opera.
Much like a brilliant culinary recipe, Vagabond Opera combines a few standard ingredients with custom additives...
An awards ceremony and reception for the 2013 East Central PA Scholastic Art Awards will be held 2 - 4 p.m. Feb. 3, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
Allentown Art Museum and Baum School of Art is holding joint exhibitions of selected juried art student entries through Feb. 17.
Students grades 7 - 12 in Carbon, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties were eligible to enter.
The event is free and open to the public.
"Composing from the Ground Up: The Chaconne Project" may sound like a daunting prospect.
Not for eight student composers whose work will be featured in the annual The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra Family Concert: "The Write Stuff," 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University.
Every work on the program was written by composers under the age of 25, including the young Bach.
Centerpiece of the concert are performances by the choir and...
"Boeing Boeing," 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 26, 21, Feb 1, 2; 3 p.m. Feb. 3, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse. org, 610-865-6665
"Divine Intervention," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1; 1, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 484-866-1513
"In The Mood," 3, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter. org, 610-758-2787
"Pinkalicious," 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Feb....
The songs remain the same, and that's just fine for Creedence Clearwater Revisited bass player and 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stu Cook.
The band, which formed in 1995 and actively tours throughout the United States and abroad, recently completed a four-night "Rock Legends" cruise which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to the northern coast of Haiti.
Back on terra firma, Creedence continues an extensive 2013 tour schedule with an 8 p.m. Jan. 23 concert at Sands Bethlehem...