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‘High Notes’ showcases students in fundraiser

Friday, March 23, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

More than 100 Allentown School District students will perform a showcase of music theater, choral arts, instrumental music and dance in the annual “High Notes 2018” gala fundraiser to support Allentown School District programs.

“High Notes” begins with a catered dinner at 5:30 p.m. March 24, Miller Symphony Hall, followed at 8:30 p.m. by the show by students from each of the Allentown School District high schools and middle schools.

Also, there’s a “High Notes” 2018 Dress Rehearsal, 6 p.m. March 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

120th anniversary concert: Bach Choir of Bethlehem at State Theatre, Easton

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

In celebration of its 120th birthday, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem makes it debut performance at 7:30 p.m. March 17 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir Artistic Director and Conductor, says that the concert is part of “a very special anniversary season.

“This year marks the 120th anniversary of the Bach Choir’s founding in 1898,” he says. “This is our first time at the State and we are very excited.”

For 70th anniversary, ‘My Father’s Dragon’ roars onto stage

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

In celebration of the book’s 70th anniversary, Enchantment Theatre Company brings the beloved “My Father’s Dragon” to the stage, 2 p.m. March 17, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Enchantment Theatre Company Artistic Directors Landis Smith, his wife Jennifer Smith, and Leslie Reidel collaborated to adapt author Ruth Stiles Gannett’s three tales of nine-year-old Elmer Elevator and Boris the Dragon.

State a Fab Faux favorite

Friday, March 9, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux, has developed a fiercely devoted cult following in the Lehigh Valley and the United States over the years.

“We are grateful for our fans,” says Fab Faux drummer-lead singer Rich Pagano, “We have a lot of Beatles’ fans, but we also have a lot of music fans.”

The Fab Faux returns to one of the group’s favorite venues, the State Theatre Center for the Arts, at 8 p.m. March 10.

A relevant ‘Line’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“With what’s going on in today’s society, with the ‘me too’ movement, ‘A Chorus Line’ is as relevant as ever,” says Makayla McIntosh, who plays Vicky in the touring cast of the Tony Award-winning musical, “A Chorus Line.”

“We honor the story of women speaking out, of people who haven’t been heard opening up and telling their truth,” she says. “It is healing and brings us all together.”

Beethoven ‘Times’ with the Symphony

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“Da-Da-Da .. Dah ... “

Four famous notes open Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” considered to be one of the great classical music works of all time.

The story behind the masterpiece and the life of Beethoven are explored in the touring family production, “The Life and Times of Beethoven,” in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Family Series,” 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

‘Cinderella’ goes to source

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“This is not the Disney version,” says Leslie Jackson, who plays Marie, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella,’” being staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Most of us have grown up knowing some version of the story, but this is a more current version of the classic fairy tale,” says Jackson in a phone interview.

Orchestra pianist back home

Friday, February 9, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Rock legends The Orchestra light up Easton this month. Former members of the legendary classic rock group Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and ELO 2, now known as The Orchestra, bring their powerhouse symphonic rock to the State Theatre Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Mik Kaminski, the blue violin; Louis Clark, arranger and conductor of the symphony orchestra on ELO recordings; and Eric Troyer, Parthenon Huxley, Gordon Townsend, and Glen Burtnik, take to the Easton stage to play ELO hit after hit, including “Evil Woman,” “Turn to Stone,” and “Livin’ Thing.”

‘Riverdance’ steps it up for 20th anniversary

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The international Irish-dance production, “Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour,” is being presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Riverdance” consists of traditional Irish music and dance and is one of the most successful dance productions in the world, having been seen on stage by more than 25 million.

Amy-Mae Dolan, lead dancer, “Riverdance,” believes Irish dance is so popular in the United States because of the Irish heritage of so many Americans.