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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Temple U. prof to lead Bel Canto choral music teachers workshop

Monday, March 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Internationally-renowned choral-music clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth will work with Allentown School District teachers and other area choral directors in a “Choral Music Teacher Workshop,” presented by the Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

“In the choral music field, everyone knows Rollo [Dilworth],” says Joy Hirokawa, artistic director of Bel Canto. “He is a leader in choral music education. We are really excited about him coming.”

The event includes a free...

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players’ ‘Unspeakable’ speaks volumes

Monday, March 25, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

In its latest thought-provoking play, written and directed by Ara Barlieb, the Crowded Kitchen Players tackle the uncomfortable topic of child abuse and how society has either failed to address it or has too often been looking the wrong way.

The play is “Unspeakable,” but it has a very loud and clear message in a production that continues March 29, 30 and 31, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

Dubbed as a melodrama, “Unspeakable” is gripping and infuriating at times, but...

Curtain Rises: Civic 2019-20 season has two mystery musicals

Monday, March 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s like this: Civic Theatre has announced its 2019-2020 season. However, as with theater companies across the country, it’s restricted from announcing shows that are still uncertain.

The two shows in question for Civic’s seasons are two well-known musicals, which may or may not still be on national tour or might be presented at another regional theater.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Ross Sanders teased those at the March 15 season annnoucement reception at Civic514...

Movie Review: Brie Larson a ‘Marvel’

Monday, March 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Captain Marvel” has all that a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan might want: epic battle scenes, zooming spaceship chase scenes, a motley crew of intergalactic creatures, a buddy-film storyline, and, action, action, action.

“Captain Marvel” wouldn’t be as good as it is without Brie Larson in the title role.

Marvel and most producers of superhero movies and animated feature films make smart casting choices. The film-makers try to get the best acting and voice talent possible.

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Crowded Kitchen Players’ premiere addresses topic that’s ‘Unspeakable’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Focus

“’Unspeakable’” describes a system that often finds itself inadequate to help the very individuals it has been created to serve,” says Ara Barlieb about the genesis of his new play.

The Crowded Kitchen Players’ “Unspeakable” has its world premiere March 22, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, where it continues March 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.

“Unspeakable” tells the story of a boy, Adam Shane (represented by a Doug Roysdon-designed and built marionette handled by Pamela Wallace...

LV Auto Dealers group donates $25,000 to St. Luke’s University Health Network

Friday, March 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association has donated $25,000 to St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Planned is a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and renovation of the inpatient pediatric unit by early 2020 at St. Luke’s University Hospital - Bethlehem.

A video of an artist’s rendering of the proposed unit and renovations was shown at the March 20 Preview Gala at Stabler Center for the 2019 Lehigh Valley Auto Show.

The 22nd annual Lehigh Valley Auto Show...

Theater Review: Munopco ‘Chorus Line’ a ‘singular sensation’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“A Chorus Line,” the award-winning concept musical, is a triple threat.

It requires consummate acting, impressive singing and polished dancing from nearly every one of its 19 cast members. The director, in turn, is faced with the formidable task of casting all of the diverse roles, and getting the best character interpretations out of each of the performers.

That is why the MunOpCo Music Theatre’s production of “A Chorus Line,” 8 p.m. March 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 24, Scottish...

The Family Project: Kindergarten

Friday, March 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son transferred from three days a week of preschool to a full week of kindergarten. I understand the advantages of a head start in reading and math skills, but he comes home from school exhausted and worn out. I am wondering if this schedule is worth it.

While children may become fatigued after attending kindergarten all week, the panel explained that the students do adjust, usually within five or six months.

Panelist Erin Stalsitz said the age cutoff date for admission...

Allentown Band returns to Carnegie Hall

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Allentown Band performs the “Showcase Concert” at the New York International Music Festival presented by World Projects, 8 p.m. April 16, Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Dutch composer Johan de Meij wiill conduct the Allentown Band for his composition, “Pennsylvania Faux Songs,” commissioned by the Allentown Band for its 190th anniversary.

The one-movement suite includes five “Folk songs Pennsylvanians forgot to write,” according to the composer: “On the Banks of the...

Thatcher takes it to ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Craig Thatcher Jazz Project performs in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. March 22, Rodale Community Room. Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The concert is sold-out.

Thatcher, an International Clinician-Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, guitar instructor and recording artist, is well-known for his guitar work. Thatcher has performed with a slew of top performers: Simone, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Savoy Brown, the Spencer...