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The Press 11th Annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 22, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 11th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages online for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems appear on Page B1 had the opportunity to read their poems and be interviewed on the April 18 “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon,” Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org.

‘The Passion’ according to J.S. Bach and the Bach Choir

Thursday, March 17, 2016 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Call it “The Passion” according to J.S. Bach.

And what group better to perform it than The Bach Choir of Bethlehem?

You’ll have a chance to witness, hear and be inspired with a Palm Sunday performance of J.S. Bach’s “The Passion According to Saint John” for The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Spring Concert, 4 p.m. March 20, First Presbyterian Church, 2344 Center St., Bethlehem.

THE PRESS 10TH ANNUAL STUDENT POETRY PROJECT

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 10th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages online for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems are published on this page read their poems and were interviewed April 20 on "Lehigh Valley Arts Salon," WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Radio, 88.1 FM, wdiy.org.

Civic takes '[title]' to Pennsylvania debut

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

It may be the ultimate backstage "let's put on a show" musical.

"It's basically two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical," says William Sanders, who is directing and choreographing "[title of show]" in what is not only its Lehigh Valley but its Pennsylvania debut through March 1 at Civic Theatre of Allentown where he's artistic director.

Authentically humorous

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Storyteller Ophira Eisenberg mines comedy gold

You've no doubt heard of King Solomon's mines, the mythical source of the wise Old Testament king's wealth.

King Solomon obtained his gold from Ophir, "a place of gold," so the story goes, as told in 1 Kings 9:28: "And they came to Ophir and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to King Solomon."

Ophira is a female name derived from Ophir and the Hebrew letter translated as "Heh," which connotes a direction, as in "to Ophir."

Gallery View: Quite an 'Impression'

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Printmakers Society of the Lehigh Valley shows depth, variety in Baum exhibition

"Current Impressions: The Printmakers Society of the Lehigh Valley," through Feb. 3, The David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, makes quite an impression at the Baum School of Art, Allentown.

It's an exhibit you can get lost in. Some 64 works represent the depth and breadth of contemporary printmaking. There are multiple examples of aquatint, drypoint etching, monotype, collagraph, woodcut reduction, photogravure with lithography, etching, silkscreen with collage and more.

Ninth annual ABEs salute Lehigh Valley Stage

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The shows were better than ever on a community and professional level

The year 2014 in Lehigh Valley theater will be remembered as the year when the lines blurred between community theater and professional theater.

Community theater got better. Civic Theatre of Allentown continued its record number of Valley premieres, now at more than 40 under artistic director William Sanders' stewardship.

Professional theater also got better and more popular. The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival had upwards of 30,000 tickets sold.

A thriller from a Hiller

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Author hopes 'Fountain Hill' stirs memories, pride

"There's a saying, 'It's a thrill to live on The Hill.'

"That's an old adage in the borough, but it still exists today," says Karol Strelecki, author of the book, "Fountain Hill." (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99, 127 pp.).

Fountain Hill is known as "The Hill." Fountain Hill residents are referred to as "Hillers."

Strelecki, a Salisbury Township resident and Fountain Hill native, has several book-signings of "Fountain Hill" scheduled:

Noon - 2 p.m. Dec . 6, Barnes & Noble, Southmont Shopping Center, Southmont Mall, Freemansburg Avenue and Route 33, Bethlehem Township;

A life of art

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Baum School of Art Gala to honor Dr. Rudy Ackerman for work with school, Moravian College art department

Dr. Rudy S. Ackerman's career as an arts educator and artist has touched the lives of countless art students, artists, art educators and arts aficionados across the Lehigh Valley.

He has been a Pied Piper, a Johnny Appleseed, a cheerleader on the Valley arts scene for half a century.

Ackerman's career extends from teaching art to elementary school students, to establishing an art department at Moravian College, to building a new Baum School of Art, to having his own art studio in Florence, Italy, to hanging out with Harry Bertoia, one of his influences.