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Pop classic: With her latest album, ‘Two Hearts,’ singer Jackie Evancho adds songwriter to portfolio

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Singing prodigy Jackie Evancho returns to grace the stage of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

The lauded classical crossover singer rose to fame after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10 and astounding audiences with her mature, rich sound. Now 16-years-old, she seeks to craft a career on her own terms.

“I’m in the middle of figuring out who I am. I am looking to be outside of being defined by a certain genre. I think it would be really cool to...

Pop classics: With latest CD, ‘Two Hearts,’ singer Jackie Evancho adds songwriter to her portfolio

Friday, November 24, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Singing prodigy Jackie Evancho returns to grace the stage of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

The lauded classical crossover singer rose to fame after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10 and astounding audiences with her mature, rich sound. Now 16-years-old, she seeks to craft a career on her own terms.

“I’m in the middle of figuring out who I am. I am looking to be outside of being defined by a certain genre. I think it would be really cool to...

Pop classics: With latest CD, ‘Two Hearts,’ singer Jackie Evancho adds songwriter to her portfolio

Friday, November 24, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Singing prodigy Jackie Evancho returns to grace the stage of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

The lauded classical crossover singer rose to fame after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10 and astounding audiences with her mature, rich sound. Now 16-years-old, she seeks to craft a career on her own terms.

“I’m in the middle of figuring out who I am. I am looking to be outside of being defined by a certain genre. I think it would be really cool to...

The last art exhibit: Richard Redd gives it all away

Friday, November 24, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“The Scrapbook Show: The Life and Times of Richard Redd” marks the end of Richard Redd’s long and prolific career.

The retrospective exhibit of 60 years of innovative works by the award-winning artist at the Alternative Gallery in The Cigar Factory, Allentown, features not only Redd’s early works, but also pieces not been seen for decades. Scattered among those gems are poems, clippings and snapshots celebrating the artist’s life.

What made the Oct. 28 opening unique was the...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, November 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Christmas charm:Kaleidoscope Theatre presents “Cinderella’s Christmas,” 2 p.m. Nov. 25, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The show is a holiday twist on the classic family favorite “Cinderella.” The musical adaptation, with book, lyrics and music by David G. Payton, of the famous fairytale is loaded with beautiful songs, including two original Christmas songs, gorgeous costumes, exciting holiday magic and lots of audience participation that makes the production fun for everyone. Join...

St. Luke’s Singers in concert

Friday, November 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

You know you are home for the holidays when you hear the mellifluous voices of the St. Luke’s Singers.

The St. Luke’s Singers annual Christmas concert, a Lehigh Valley tradition, is Nov. 26 at Wesley Methodist Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem. Preludes begin at 2:45 p.m. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

The beloved Lehigh Valley institution is a renowned hospital-based choir that performs on behalf of St. Luke’s University Health Network. Since 1991, the Singers have collected...

Respectfully Yours: Wine gift

Friday, November 24, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I enjoy hosting holiday meals for friends and family. Weeks in advance, I plan the menu and coordinate all the details to ensure a lovely time. But every holiday I am confronted with the same question: What is the proper etiquette when you have friends over and they bring a bottle of wine? I never know what to do when I am greeted with a big smile and handed a bottle of wine. Is the wine a gift, or is the host obligated to open the wine that night? I would like to...

Allentown Art Museum officials envision 21st century ‘Synergy’

Friday, November 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Reaching into Arts Park, a crowd of hundreds soaked up the energy and excitement that flowed down the steps of the Allentown Art Museum, spilling onto Fifth Street when “The Big Reveal” was unveiled and an ambitious trajectory was set for the arts in the Lehigh Valley.

On a “Third Thursday,” a once-month center city Allentown arts destination event, it’s not a coincidence that Museum officials would reveal its strategic plan for the 21st century, drawing the curiosity and attention of...

Theater Review:

Friday, November 24, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pines Dinner Theatre has kicked off the Christmas season theatrical schedule with “Over the River and Through the Woods,” an original musical full of spirited songs, some good humor and lots of schmaltz. Performances continue through Dec. 23.

The show, written by Oliver Blatt, who also is co-producer with Stacey Yoder, features music and lyrics that are a collaborative effort between Blatt and Stacy Bechtel. The seven new songs, including “Home is Where the Heart Is” and “...