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Command performance: Theatre of Early Music ‘Coronation’ fit for a king at Bach Choir annual gala

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

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Anyone who loves the television shows, “Downton Abbey” (and now the movie) and “The Crown,” or follows the British Royal Family, won’t want to miss the American premiere of “The Coronation of King George II,” a theatrical and musical recreation of the crowning of the British king in 1727 in London’s Westminster Abbey.

The 3 p.m. Oct. 26 event, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Gala Concert, is presented by Canada’s Theatre of Early Music, in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in center city Allentown.

Renowned organist to concert tour born

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Amanda Mole was studying organ at the conservatory, students were told that if they thought they were going to be touring concert performers, they might as well forget about it.

“I knew I wanted to be a concert organist,” she says. “I just never said it out loud.”

Today the 33-year-old is one of the leading concert organists of her generation and the winner of numerous international competitions.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Mole will perform her first Lehigh Valley concert as part of the “Arts at St. John” series at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown.

Stefano Greco hopes to inspire audiences

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Stefano Greco hopes to inspire the audiences who come to his concerts by helping them get to know composers.

“Understanding music goes together with understanding the composer and the meaning behind his music,” says the renowned Italian concert pianist.

Greco returns to the Lehigh Valley, bringing his unique approach and style to Miller Symphony Hall for the first performance in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s “Chamber On Stage,” 2 p.m. Oct. 20.

Board denies zoning change request

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Egypt residents pack meeting to voice concerns about proposed housing

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners denied a request to rezone nearly 50 acres of land in the northern tier of the township from low to medium density, after neighbors opposing the plan filled the room at the board meeting Oct. 14.

Joseph Iudicello, representative of the residuary trust of Andrew Yastishok, said the trust owned 155 undeveloped acres bordered by Spruce and Spring streets, Egypt, that was zoned R1, or very low density. The trust had requested a 49.9-acre section at 4500 Spruce St. be rezoned from R1 to R3, or medium density.

Broadway legends: Allentown Symphony Pops salutes Sondheim, Webber

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Two of the greatest living composers of Broadway theater music will be honored by the Allentown Symphony Pops by featuring three musical veterans, including a Tony winner and the actor who portrayed the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” more than 2,000 times.

The “ASO Pops Series,” with the orchestra conducted by Ronald Demkee, presents “The Best of Broadway: A Tribute to Sondheim & Lloyd Webber,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Commissioners hear request to rezone nearly 50 acres

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

At its workshop meeting Oct. 7, Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners heard a request to rezone nearly 50 acres of land in the northern tier of the township.

Joseph Iudiciello, representative of the residuary trust of Andrew Yastisacehok, said the trust owned 155 undeveloped acres bordered by Spruce and Spring streets that was zoned R1, or very low density.

Elias family hopeful about development

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

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Joseph Elias knows whatever he builds on the former Lehigh Valley Dairy property will change the Lehigh Valley for the better. That’s why the patriarch of the Elias family decided to purchase the sprawling property on MacArthur Road for $1.35 million.

“We want to redevelop and clean up the area,” said Joseph Elias, who runs the bustling Elias Farm Market in Allentown. “I am always looking for ways to benefit the community. This is our home.”

Bach Choir, soloists bring ‘Joyful’ to Festival Unbound

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s a true Lehigh Valley community of music.

Angel-voiced Bel Canto youth singers join with the playful and raucous Jakopa’s Punch band; hip-hop-inspired body percussion punctuates a group of elite high school chorale singers, and a New Orleans-style brass band adds a swinging vibe to the spiritual sounds of a Baptist church choir.

SOLD!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Elias family buys former Lehigh Valley Dairy property

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The former Lehigh Valley Dairy, which languished in disrepair for more than 30 years, has been sold.

The Elias family, known for their popular farm markets, bought the long-vacant 10-acre property at 1026 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, that housed the former dairy, for $1.35 million Sept. 27.

It was a huge relief for Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr., who had been meeting privately with the family since March about the sale. He said he hopes the redevelopment will create an economic renaissance in the southern corridor of MacArthur Road.

Soloists, Allentown Band, in multicultural ‘Arts at St. John’s’ concert

Friday, September 27, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A multicultural program featuring outstanding soloists will mark the Allentown Band’s concert, 3 p.m. Sept. 29, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St, Allentown as part of the “Arts at St. John’s” series.

A Curtis Institute trained trumpet player, an Allentown mezzo-soprano who has performed internationally and St. John’s cantor highlight the program that includes selections from eight different countries, says Ronald Demkee, conductor of the Allentown Band.