Bethlehem Press

Friday, March 24, 2017

‘Nightingale’ sings for Bach ‘Family Concert’

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra, directed by Greg Funfgeld, and Mock Turtle Marionette Theater, directed by Doug Roysdon, present the world premiere of an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Nightingale” for puppets as the annual choir’s annual “Family Concert,” 3 p.m., Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University.

“The Nightingale” is The Bach Choir’s first collaboration with Mock Turtle Marionette Theater.

‘Extravaganza’ schedule

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The week-long “Organ Extravaganza” is a series of free performances on outstanding pipe and digital organs in the Lehigh Valley:

American Guild of Organists Concert, 3 p.m. March 5, Egner Chapel, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown

“Meet the Organ” Happy Hour, hosted by Allen Organ, 5:30 p.m. March 6, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown

Eric Plutz, Organist at Princeton University, “Noon-10 Concert,” 12:10 p.m. March 7, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown

King of Instruments Week-long ‘Organ Extravaganza’ precedes ‘Symphonic Organ Festival’ and Ewazen ‘Concertino’ world premiere

Friday, February 24, 2017 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

“In my eyes and ears, the organ will forever be the King of Instruments.”

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Allen Organ is the official organ of the Allentown Symphony and we have enjoyed a wonderful partnership for many years.

ASO brings ‘Peter and the Wolf’ to life

Friday, February 24, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra presents “Peter and the Wolf,” composed by Sergei Prokofiev, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The “ASO Family Classical Concert” program, in addition to “Peter and the Wolf,” includes Mozart, “Marriage of Figaro Overture”; Haydn, “Toy Symphony”; Rimsky-Korsakov, “Flight of the Bumblebee.”

“Peter and the Wolf” is narrated by Really Inventive Stuff, founded by Sara Valentine and Michael Boudewyns. Really Inventive Stuff, based near Portland, Me., was founded in 2004 by Boudewyns and his wife, Valentine.

Moravian Academy: ‘Urinetown’

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Splashing across the stage at Moravian Academy’s Dyer Auditorium, “Urinetown” is described as “a hilarious musical satire skewering a variety of contemporary ideas and issues, including musical theater itself.”

Directed by Jarrod Yuskauskas, Moravian Academy director of theater, the show is at 7:30 p.m. March 3, 4 and 2 p.m. March 5, Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy, 4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

Yuskauskas is assisted by choreographer AlexJo Natale, music director Rob Riker, assistant music director Linda Himic and orchestra conductor Dr. Richard Fanning.

‘Annie’ means a lot to young star

Friday, February 24, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

“Oh my goodness!” and “Leapin’ Lizards!” The beloved classic musical “Annie” arrives at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The Tony Award-winning musical, with music by Charles Strouse and book by Thomas Meehan, is based on the newspaper comic strip by Harold Gray. The show is choreographed by Liza Gennaro and the set is designed by Beowulf Boritt.

Northwestern: ‘Legally Blonde’

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Northwestern Lehigh High School presents “Legally Blonde the Musical” with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. It’s based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name.

Directed by Bill Mutimer, co-chair of the Northampton Community College theater department, the show is at 7 p.m. March 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. March 5, auditorium, Northwestern Lehigh High School, 6493 Route 309, New Tripoli, Lynn Township.

Scott Reda talk

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV museum:

“The Changing World of History” is the subject of a presentation by Scott Reda, 1 p.m. Feb. 25, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This is an unparalleled opportunity to explore the thought-provoking changes taking place in the world of television historical documentaries,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

Oscars will have surprises

Friday, February 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It was another good year at the movies in 2016.

In North America, movies grossed $11.4 billion in 2016, besting the record of $11.1 billion in 2015.

Walt Disney Studios held the top three positions: “Finding Dory,” $486.3 million; “Rogue One,” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

None of these was a Best Picture nominee for the Academy Awards, to be telecast at 8 p.m. EST Feb. 26. Here are my picks for the seven categories of the Lehigh Valley Press “Readers Pick the Oscar recipients” contest:

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Baked pork loin, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Turkey and biscuits, peas and carrots, orange.

Friday, Feb. 24: Vegetarian chili, brown rice, broccoli, whipped peaches, mini corn muffin.

Monday, Feb. 27: Roast pork with apple chutney, whipped potatoes, red cabbage, sugar cookie.

Tuesday, Feb. 28: Salisbury steak, scalloped potatoes, carrots, orange.

Wednesday, March 1: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, apple.