Bethlehem Press

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pa. Shakespeare names new education director

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), the professional theater at DeSales University, has announced the appointment of Anelise Diaz as the new Education Director.

Diaz will spearhead Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s educational programming, including the administration and project management of the Festival’s fall WillPower Tour, an annual Shakespeare competition for high school students, and coordinating student group visits to the Festival during the summer performance season.

Tristan England born to run in ‘Monster Jam’ EarthShaker

Friday, February 22, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Tristan England, driver of EarthShaker in the “Monster Jam Triple Threat Series,” Feb. 22-24, PPL Center, Allentown, got his start in 2015 when he attended “Monster Jam University” to train with “Monster Jam World Final” champion, Tom Meents.

“Tom Meents kind of just tossed me in the truck and taught me how to drive.

“I definitely figured out my own driving style over the years and consider myself to be calm, cool and collected.

“It’s controlled chaos and my driving style will get the fans on the edge of their seats,” says England in a phone interview.


Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

To the Moon: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Family Concert: To the Moon and Back,” 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the United States’ landing men on the moon. The program is: R. Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (“2001: A Space Odyssey” movie theme); Horner, “Theme from Apollo 13”; Debussy, “Clair de Lune”; Beethoven, “Moonlight Sonata” (with piano soloist Josiah Provan, senior, Plumstead Christian School, Bucks County); Mozart, “Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter) Finale”; Holst, “Mars, from the Planets,” and J.

Talk about presidents

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

Kenneth C. Davis will talk about his book, “In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives,” 1 p.m. Feb. 23, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This lecture and book-signing will be of interest to everyone who is interested in the true facts regarding the founding of our nation,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

The program is being held in conjunction with African-American History Month.

Verona Quartet

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Chamber music:

The Verona Quartet, a prize-winning string quartet, presents a concert, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Church and Main streets, Bethlehem.

The program is Mozart, String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K.590 (“Prussian”), Michael Gilbertson, “Quartet” (2017; written for the Verona Quartet, and Mendelssohn, String Quartet, Op. 44-2.

The quartet replaces a previously-announced concert for this date, according to the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem.

Tickets: at the door;

Readers Pick the Oscar Winners Entry Form

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 91th Academy Awards.


- Christian Bale,


- Bradley Cooper,

“A Star Is Born”

- Willem Dafoe,

“At Eternity’s Gate”

- Rami Malek,

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

- Viggo Mortensen,

“Green Book”


- Yalitza Aparicio,


- Glenn Close,

“The Wife”

- Olivia Colman,

“The Favourite”

- Lady Gaga,

“A Star Is Born”

- Melissa McCarthy,

Emmaus, Parkland, LV Charter Arts join Bel Canto, Bach Choir in ‘Choirs Festival’

Friday, February 22, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

More than 200 young voices join the renowned singers of Bach Choir of Bethlehem in a concert geared for families, 3 p.m. Feb. 24, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

The “Family Concert: Youth Choirs Festival” features the Bach Choir’s Bel Canto Youth Chorus with the Bach Choir and members of The Bach Festival Orchestra, as well as members of three high school choruses, all under the direction of Bach Choir Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld, in a program that includes works from Bach and contemporary composers.

Student Poetry Project now accepting entries

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 14th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 17 and April 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.


Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The stage is set at the French Riviera during the Roaring Twenties for “The Boy Friend,” 7:30 p.m. March 1, 2 and 2 p.m. March 3, Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy, 4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

The musical’s director Jarrod Yuskauskas, Moravian Academy Theater Arts Director, says, “In the tradition of Moravian Academy Theatre’s farcical ‘Drood!’ and satirical ‘Urinetown,’ we bring you both in this madcap musical romp.”