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Area volunteers pack blizzard bags for seniors

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by The Press in Focus Feature

Volunteers from Computer Aid, Selective Insurance, Air Products, and Meals on Wheels recently packed 900 emergency food bags ready to deliver to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in Lehigh County during this winter season.

Every year, Meals on Wheels provides its homebound clients with a day's worth of shelf-stable food items, called "blizzard bags," to be used during bad weather when meals cannot be delivered.

These blizzard bags are provided free-of-charge.

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'Nutcracker' Russian-style at Easton's State Theatre

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

The Moscow Ballet is presenting the 20th anniversary of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" ballet, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.

Since 1993, the Moscow has presented "The Great Russian Nutcracker." This season, the Moscow performs in 60 cities across North America. Forty professionally-trained dancers light up the stage with 200 new lavish costumes, nine hand-painted backdrops, and a Christmas tree that grows to four-stories.

Moscow Ballet dancers range from...

RDT, Allentown Symphony return with live 'Nutcracker'

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

During the holiday season, there are several "Nutcracker" ballets to choose from in the Lehigh Valley.

However, the 26th annual Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) "Nutcracker," 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, is the only one with a live orchestra.

The Allentown Symphony, conducted by Associate Conductor Ron Demkee, again performs the Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker" score. The dancers must listen closely to the orchestra and watch the conductor to execute...

ArtsQuest

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Auditions for "Tony & Tina's Wedding, 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 - Feb. 10, and "Finnegan's Farewell," 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7 -10, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, are 5 - 10 p.m. Dec. 12, Banko Community Room, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. Actors selected will be compensated for performances.

Audition slots of 10 minutes each must be reserved by contacting ArtsQuest Programming Manager Ryan Hill at...

THEATER REVIEWS Connick's 'Happy Elf' big fun at PYT

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

A fabulous combination of masterful music, physical fireworks and dramatic flair, all focused on a wonderful children's morality story, bursts onto stage in "The Happy Elf," produced by The Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, through Dec. 16, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

"The Happy Elf" is wonderful, smile-inducing fun, based on a story by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman inspired by the Harry Connick Jr. song of the same title. The PYT production is directed by Bill Mutimer....

THEATER REVIEW A 'Carol'-ing Civic goes

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

A cast of more than 100 tells an emotional story while Barry Glassman as Scrooge and other lead players keep the tone light in Civic Theatre of Allentown's 23rd production of "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 15 at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown.

With a sprinkling of well-timed wordplay and facial expressions, Glassman as Scrooge relives his sad past and gets a glimpse of the bleak future he's set himself up for. Scrooge's cold lack of holiday spirit is evident from the start as...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Bach Choir firsts: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents two firsts for its annual Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem: Benjamin Britten's "Saint Nicolas" and a collaboration with the Bel Canto Children's Chorus, above, Red Hill, Montgomery County. Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir artistic director and conductor, leads the two choirs, the Bach Festival Orchestra, and soloists Benjamin Butterfield, tenor...

CENTRAL

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by The Press in Focus

A traditional Moravian music Christmas concert and Lovefeast will be presented in partnership with ArtsQuest, 11 a.m. Dec. 8, Central Moravian Church, West Church and Main streets, Bethlehem.

The concert in the 1,200-seat sanctuary of the 206-year-old church includes Christmas carols and Moravian hymns accompanied by Main Street Brass, organ and choir. Brief historical descriptions of the Moravian heritage and traditions will be shared.

Tickets: christmascity. org

Of Britten and Bach

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld is clear about what the choir's annual Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, are all about.

"It's music in celebration of the birth of Christ, in celebration of the Nativity. Especially in what we affectionately call the Christmas City, the Christmas spirit is pervasive.

"The music gives that sense of hope and...