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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Composer Workshop: From video games to television, to movies

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Second of two parts

Award-winning composers who have written music for everything from hit video games to cartoons to television shows to films and documentaries, as well as for orchestras and bands, will highlight the diversity of composition today, when Allentown Symphony Orchestra presents its first-ever “Online Composer Workshop,” July 28 - Aug. 13.

Video game composer Tommy Tallarico helped revolutionize the gaming world, creating audio landscapes for hundreds of titles....

Curtain Rises: Crowded Kitchen Players’ ‘Twelevness’ audio recording sound move for theater troupe

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players release of “Twelveness: A Play in Three Scenes” by Charlie Barnett as an audio file retains the dramatic impact of the original stage production.

Plus, it has the advantage of portability and convenience. You can listen to it wherever and whenever you want.

Ara Barlieb and Pamela Wallace, cofounders of Crowded Kitchen Players, co-directed the audio version, recorded at Westwires Recording USA, Allentown, a few days before the coronavirus (COVID-19)...

Healthy Geezer: Purchasing medicine online fraught with fraud

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Is it safe to buy medicine online?

Only if you are very careful. There are many fraudulent operators on the internet.

According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), the professional organization that represents the state agencies that license pharmacies, only three percent of online websites reviewed appear to meet state and federal pharmacy laws.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns you to beware of online pharmacies that:

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Coronavirus Impact: Allen Organ strikes a new circuit chord

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Allen Organ Company is hitting a high note with the company’s response to COVID-19. The pandemic forced the iconic organ manufacturer to halt production on new organs.

Although Allen Organ also halted production of circuit boards for the high-tech instruments, the Lower Macungie Township-based firm accelerated manufacturing circuit boards for desperately-needed medical equipment.

To date, nearly 14,000 circuit boards have been manufactured since Allen ramped up production....

Review: ‘Twelveness’ anyone? Audio play matches Gershwin, Schoenberg

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

George Gershwin and Arnold Schoenberg did not seem to be natural tennis partners. Gershwin was 37 and Schoenberg was 62 when they met.

Although both were musical geniuses, Gershwin was a popular favorite while Schoenberg’s 12-tone method of composing was too academic and experimental to be embraced by the general public. It was called “atonal.” Schoenberg said it should have been called “pan-tonal.”

Schoenberg visited Gershwin weekly for tennis, which is the basis for the...

Article By: The Press

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC: In Green Phase

In the Green Phase, Lehigh Carbon Community College offers expanded in-person services for students beginning July 6 at LCCC’s Schnecksville, Allentown and Tamaqua locations.

Students may schedule virtual and in-person appointments with admissions, financial aid and advising representatives.

Facemasks and a minimum of six feet of social distance are required at all times on campus.

At the LCCC Schnecksville Main Campus, beginning July 6, the...

At the Movies: Popcorn protocol for reopenings

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When movie theaters reopen in the Lehigh Valley, plan to have some protocol with your popcorn.

In an update, among first-run movie theaters, AMC Cinema, which had announced plans to open its movie theaters July 15, has pushed back its reopening to July 30, with its 600 theaters in the United States to be in full operation by early August, AMC CEO Adam Aron said in a June 29 statement.

Regal Cinema, which had announced plans to reopen its multiplexes July 10, has pushed back its...

The Family Project: Son, 8, in a panic over coronavirus pandemic

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My eight-year-old son has become afraid for us and for himself when we leave the house to run errands or go to work. He doesn’t want to come with us because he is concerned that he might “get it.” What can we do to assure him that we are doing our best to keep him safe?

Panelist Mike Daniels kicked off the discussion by urging the parents to encourage their son to tell them what he knows about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to ask them any questions he may have.

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Respectfully Yours: Social media can be a blessing and a curse

Saturday, July 11, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Over the past few months, social media has been my go-to source for connecting with friends and keeping up to date on the news. Lately I’m seeing more and more negative posts and it is upsetting. I really would like to contribute to encouraging and uplifting others instead of bringing them down. How can I add some positivity without fueling yet another online debate or battle?

Dear Reader,

Social media can be both a blessing and a curse. The social media...