The Bach Choir of Bethlehem was forged by Bethlehem Steel Corp. chieftain Charles M. Schwab who lured J. Fred Wolle back from a University of California professorship to again lead the choir in 1911, with the Bethlehem Bach Festival resuming the next year in Packer Church, Lehigh University.
Wolle had rehearsed and conducted The Bach Choir of Bethlehem's first American performance of Bach's The Mass in B Minor in 1900 in Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem.
NOLA on the Lehigh: The New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) jazz sound of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, above, opens RiverJazz, 7:30 p.m. May 9, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The group, a touring act for half a century, derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter that was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or...
"Next To Normal" is certainly not your normal musical.
It defies the conventions of traditional Broadway fare in several ways.
"Next to Normal," through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, has very few spoken words of dialogue. The story is advanced through songs 17 in act one and 20 (including five reprises) in act two, for a total of 37 production numbers.
This is about double the number of songs in a typical musical. "Chicago," for example, has 11 songs in act one and...
"Chicago" is as brash a musical as can be expected to be set in America's second-city, where crime, scandals and front-page newspaper headlines are second to none.
The musical, directed stunningly with that brash spirit by Dennis Razze, chair of theater, DeSales University, and Associate Artistic Director, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, continues 8 p.m. May 1 - 4 and 2 p.m. May 4 and 5 on the main stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley....
Dedication of the George Taylor House Monument, presented by Lehigh County in celebration of its 200th anniversary, is 1 - 4 p.m. May 5, opening day, George Taylor House 35 S. Front St., Catasauqua.
Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 Honor Guard salute;
Sheckler Elementary School Band performance, 2 p.m.;
George Taylor House guided tours 2 - 4 p.m.;
May Day Maypole dances and crafts for children, 3 p.m.;
Springtime arts and crafts...
Muslims and Christians United holds a potluck supper and program, 6:30 p.m. May 2, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.
A panel of Muslims and Christians from Wesley Church, Moravian Academy and Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley will moderate the program. Information: muslimschristiansunited.org
Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater, 1, 4 p.m. May 5, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. Donate pet food to benefit the Sanctuary at Haafsville and receive a free child-price ticket to the show. Animals available for adoption at the Sanctuary will be on display in the State Theatre's Brown-Daub Gallery. Ticket information: 610-252-3132
Dana Carvey, 8 p.m. May 2, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The Emmy- award winning comedian is best known for his "Saturday Night Live" characters, including the Church Lady; Hans, of the Hans and Franz body-building duo; and Garth, Wayne Campbell's (Mike Myers) "Excellent Co-Host" in the sketch "Wayne's World." Ticket information: 610-252-3132
"Backyard" art: An opening reception for Elizabeth Johnson's "Backyard Painting," is 7 - 10 p.m. May 3, Fox Optical & Gallery, 28 E. Third St., Bethlehem. The exhibition is composed of a colorful series of oil paintings, including "Bicycle Alley," above, depicting the cluttered alleys and backyards near Johnson's home in Easton. The reception is part of Bethlehem's First Friday, with receptions and events along Third and Fourth streets, including ArtsQuest's Banana Factory. Fox Gallery...
"The Place Beyond The Pines" is a complex drama with three parallel plots telling three interlocking stories. Each is about an individual's choice, and the truth or consequences that result, depending on the choices made.
"Pines" is an indie film crime caper that is of chief interest for its clever if somewhat convoluted screenplay and a bevy of stellar performances by some of the United States' best hot young movie stars.
"The Place Beyond The Pines," directed by Derek...