Dancing hippos in pink tutus, a shopping cart ballet and singing Christmas trees are just a few of the unexpected delights in Touchstone Theatre’s “Christmas City Follies XIX,” a one-of-a-kind send-up of the Christmas season in the Christmas City, Dec. 6-23.
“We’ve been shaking it up bit this year,” says Emma Ackerman, Touchstone ensemble member and general manager. “And I think it’s fresher than ever.”
Two cantatas that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote specifically for the holidays in the 18th century highlight the Bach Choir of Bethlehem Christmas concerts, 8 p,m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church, 2344 Center St., Bethlehem.
The Choir, conducted by Bach Choir Artistic Director Greg Funfgeld, will be joined by the Bach Festival Orchestra and five soloists on three joyful pieces to usher in the season.
A decade after the release of Straight No Chaser’s hit debut album, “Holiday Spirits,” Allentown native Jerome Collins says he still has to pinch himself sometimes.
“We are just all American boys still doing what we did in college,” he says. “We never thought something we started for fun would be our livelihood.”
The male acapella group sensations bring “An Evening with Straight No Chaser” to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, for two shows, 4 and 8 p.m. Dec 8. The tour is in support of the group’s sixth album, the retrospective “One Shot.”
Kenny G has played Tokyo, Singapore and Spain.
He’s performed in London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
And at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, he’s at the State Theatre Center for the Arts for his first-ever Easton concert.
And Kenny G wouldn’t have his life any other way.
“I’m proud of being one of the guys who has been a road musican for the last 30 years,” he says.
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners is moving ahead quickly on the proposed township emergency services complex.
The board heard two ordinances that would authorize contracts between the township and both an architect and an engineering firm on the nearly $18 million project at its workshop meeting Dec. 3. The board will vote to approve the contracts at its next board meeting Dec. 10.
A Parkland High School production of “26 Pebbles,” a play about a very difficult topic, the 2012 shooting of 20 students and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., will get a statewide audience Dec. 1.
Mark A Stutz, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Parkland School District, is hoping the student production could even reach a national audience.
“We felt it was a message that needed to be brought to as many people as we could,” Stutz says of the Parkland production, which he directed.
“The Singing Policeman” returns Dec. 2 to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, to sing with the Allentown Band for the fourth year and he couldn’t be more excited.
Daniel Rodriguez, also known as “America’s Tenor,” joins the Allentown Band, El Sistema Lehigh Valley Children’s Chorus and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Touring Choir for the annual “Americans We Tribute to Veterans-Holiday Concert.”
“I travel all around the world, but Allentown is a place I keep coming back to,” says Rodriguez.
Rody Gilkeson admits there’s quite a bit of his father in “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” the holiday show opening Nov. 30 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.
Gilkeson is directing the zany musical comedy described as “Scrooge meets ‘Forbidden Broadway,’ the latter a popular Off-Broadway revue that pokes fun at musical theater.
However, Gilkeson says “A Broadway Christmas Carol” is first and foremost the story of Scrooge’s redemption.
“This is a kind of an insane show,” he says. “But it has the same feel-good ending.”
From Long Island pizza delivery boy to performing all over the world, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti says appearing on “America’s Got Talent” transformed his life.
In January, he will return to the NBC hit reality TV show for its first-ever former champions edition.
But before that, it’s the “Sal ‘The Voice’ Valentinetti Holiday Concert,” 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
A walking tour of the historic town of Hokendauqua, originally scheduled for Oct. 27, had to be postponed because of rain.
Whitehall Township Commissioner Jeffrey Dutt said the free tour, hosted by Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, will be rescheduled in the spring.
The purpose of the tour is to make people aware of the historical significance of the area that was created as a “company town” for the 19th-century Thomas Iron Works.
Dutt said there had been a good response to the tour with more than 40 people registered.