Having a Grammy-Award-winning classical pianist play at the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s opening gala concert resonates personally for Bach Choir artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld.
“As a young man, I would regularly attend concerts in New York City where I had the privilege of hearing Peter Serkin play,” Funfgeld says. “His performance of Beethoven’s ‘Fourth Piano Concerto’ was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life.”
Residents are invited to take a walking tour of the historic village of Hokendauqua, created as a “company town” for the 19th-century Thomas Iron Works, later this month.
The free tour, scheduled for Oct. 27 and hosted by Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, is designed to make people aware of the historical significance of that area. Whitehall Township has proposed designating the community as a historic preservation district, which would be the first such district in the township.
The Butz family, which has donated $2 million to arts organizations during the past 10 years, called on other area businesses to follow their lead as they accepted the Arts Ovation Legacy Award from Allentown Arts Commission.
The Commission’s 30th anniversary Ovation Award ceremony in Allentown’s center city Radisson Hotel ballroom Sept. 27 also honored six other recipients who have had a major impact on Allentown’s arts community.
In the 1990s, “The Three Tenors” were all the rage. Opera singers Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti had joined forces and created an operatic tenor super group.
Brent Barrett, who at the time had starred in numerous Broadway musicals including “West Side Story,” “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Grand Hotel,” thought he could use the same concept, but instead with some of the talented Broadway leading men he knew.
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners President Dennis Hower was sporting a different look for a very important cause at the township board meeting Oct. 8. Not only was he wearing a bright pink tie, his signature beard was dyed the same hue.
Hower is one of 20 Lehigh Valley men, and leaders in the community, committed to wear pink throughout October to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
The campaign, Real Men Wear Pink, has been put together by the American Cancer Society in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Coming off a season that boasted the highest numbers in seven years, the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, is trying a couple of new things, as well as bringing back some surefire hits in 2018-2019.
“We’re pumped.” says State Theatre president and CEO Shelley Brown. “We had a really good year. Since our 90th anniversary we have seen an uptick in attendance. The anniversary gave the theater a lot of visibility and the enthusiasm is contagious. When people are excited about being here it gives us a real shot in the arm.”
Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners got its first look at the proposed emergency services complex during a workshop meeting Oct. 1.
The nearly $18 million project would include a new 29,000-square-foot police station and renovation of the township building on the current MacArthur Road site.
The two buildings would be connected by a 1,200-square-foot lobby that would have separate entrances.
Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. said the project could have “shovel in ground” by spring 2020.
“This is the right property for a building that meets our needs,” Harakal said.
Being a firefighter is hard work. There’s no doubt about that. But just how hard it is was what I discovered Aug. 31 when I took part in a mock training session for reporters at the Robert L. Benner Fire Training Facility on Lehigh Street.
Now in its 30th year, the Allentown Arts Ovation Award honors those who have made a difference in the arts in the city of Allentown.
This year, seven recipients, including one family, who have had a major impact on Allentown’s arts community will be honored with awards from The Allentown Arts Commission at a ceremony, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Ballroom, Renaissance Allentown Hotel, 12 N. Seventh St., Allentown.
There aren’t many compositions commemorating the Keystone State.
Sure, Pennsylvania has the “Pennsylvania Polka,” written by Zeke Manners and recorded in 1942 by The Andrews Sisters.
Another song mentioning the state, “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” with music by Jerry Gray and lyrics by Carl Sigman and recorded in 1940 by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, is actually based on the phone number of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.