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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

110th Bethlehem Bach Festival continues May 19, 20

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra

Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director and Conductor

Festival soloists: Agnes Zsigovics, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; William Sharp, baritone; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Dashon Burton, bass

Festival artist-in-residence: Tricia van Oers, recorder

Guest artists: Doug Roysdon & Mock Turtle Marionette Theater

Pre-concert performances: Festival Brass Choir, Suzuki Violin...

Theater Review: Civic ‘Angels: Perestroika’ intense, provocative

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning epic play in two parts that explores homosexuality and the human side of the AIDS epidemic in the context of the social and political realities of the 1980s.

This month, Civic Theatre of Allentown is marking the 20th anniversary of its 1997 production of “Angels” with back-to-back performances of “Parts One and Two,” with both parts concluding May 20.

“Part One: Millennium Approaches” was...

Movie Review: ‘Guardians’ turns up the ‘Volume 2’

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” brings the usual crew of galactic misfits back for an entertaining mix of 1970s-era mix-tape music, galactic shenanigans and a summer movie season of bountiful quips.

The best part, though, is that writer-director James Gunn was to the movie superhero spoof genre born (writer-director, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” 2014; “Super,” 2010; “Slither,” 2006; writer, “Dawn of the Dead,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo,” 2002; “The...

Happy, creative campers to return for ‘City Arts Camp’

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The 19th annual “City Arts Cultural Camp for Kids” takes place June 26 - 30. This fantastic opportunity is open to youngsters ages of 7 - 10.

The camp, a collaborative project of the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Symphony Association, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, and Repertory Dance Theatre, allows campers to learn about the arts while participating in activities and classes at each one of these Allentown arts nonprofits.

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Crowded Kitchen Players’ ‘Smile’ commemorates World War I Centenary

Friday, May 12, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It was the “War to End All Wars.”

It was “The Great War.”

It was “World War I.”

World War 1 was waged from July 28, 1914, until Nov. 11, 1918.

The First World War Centenary is observed in 2017 in the United States, which on April 6, 1917, joined Britain, France and Russia to fight Germany.

To commemorate the Centenary, or more to the point, to explore themes of the war, the soldiers who fought in it, and the families who stayed behind, the Crowded Kitchen...

Bach reimagined: Renowned Bethlehem Choir marries tradition, innovation for 110th edition of Festival

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the 34 years that Greg Funfgeld has been artistic director and conductor of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, he’s found new ways to showcase the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Leipzig cantor whose music, you might say, “baroque” through to lay the foundation for classical music.

“We’re always thinking about how we want to present Bach’s music and how to engage and how to intrigue the listener,” Funfgeld says.

The 110th Bethlehem Bach Festival, May 13, 14 and May 19, 20,...

110th Bethlehem Bach Festival unfolds the weekends of May 12, 19

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra

Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director and Conductor

Festival soloists: Agnes Zsigovics, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; William Sharp, baritone; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Dashon Burton, bass

Festival artist-in-residence: Tricia van Oers, recorder

Guest artists: Doug Roysdon & Mock Turtle Marionette Theater

Pre-concert performances: Festival Brass Choir, Suzuki Violin...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

12th on 13th:Touchstone Young Playwrights’ Festival celebrates its 12th year as local students, community members, and professionals showcase new plays written by elementary, middle, and high school students, May 13, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Cente. Young Playwrights’ Lab is an eight-week arts and literacy residency developed by Touchstone Theatre and the Bethlehem Area School District. Through improvisation, writing exercises, and collaborative critique, each student writes an original one-...

Raise a glass to fashion and fun at Allentown Symphony benefit

Friday, May 12, 2017 by BATHSHEBA MONK in Focus

A new event for fun-loving, fashion-forward women in the Lehigh Valley is “Fashionistas Foodies and Fun,” 5:30 - 8 p.m. May 11 in the Rodale Room at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“This is going to be a trunk show, a taste of spring,” Elena Pascal, owner of Boutiquetogo, Allentown, says. “With food and drinks and five premier New York designers showing and selling their new products, there has never been anything like this in the Lehigh Valley.”

High-end designers are seeing...

ASO to play that funky music and hits of the 1970s and ‘80s

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The “ASO Pops Series” is popping.

The latest iteration is the Allentown Symphony Pops’ “Rock On! Classic Rock & Pop from the 1970’s and 1980’s,” 7:30 p.m. May 13.

ASO Associate Conductor Ronald Demkee conducts the concert, featuring vocalists Lakisha Jones, Rob Evan and Morgan James, accompanied by backup vocalists and a rock backup band.

The “ASO Pops Series” has expanded in recent years from one to two to three concerts and, for the 2017-18 season, four concerts....