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Tango and blues to meld at Miller Symphony Hall

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Miller Symphony Hall presents a blend of passionate Argentine tango and folk music, featuring María Volonté and Kevin Carrel Footer of Blue Tango Project, and Mavi Díaz and Las Folkies, 7:30 p.m. July 28, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

It promises to be a night of powerful and diverse music.

María Volonté, who hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Blue Tango Project explore the musical crossroads where tango and the blues meet.

Musical...

Theater Review: Shakespeare as we like it at PSF

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) has saved the best for last in its 2017 season (“Troilus and Cressida,” July 26-Aug. 6, notwithstanding) with a splendid production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” which bookends a season that opened with the spectacular “Evita” (June 14-July 2).

“As You Like It” is in repertory with “The Three Musketeers,” through Aug. 6, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. In other words, it’s the same...

Theater Review: ‘The Bikinis’ a Shore thing at The Pines

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Billed as “a musical beach party,” the Pines Dinner Theatre’s latest production, “The Bikinis,” is an often funny, always entertaining and undeniably nostalgic romp down jukebox memory lane from the 1960s and beyond. “The Bikinis” continues through Aug. 20 at the Pines, Allentown. The opening night July 7 performance was seen for this review.

“The Bikinis,” created and written by Broadway actor-director Ray Roderick, and actor-playwright James Hindman, tells the story of a fictional...

Theater Review: Circus gone ‘Wild’ in world debut at MSMT

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Much as the title implies, the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater (MSMT) production of ‘Wild” is wildly unlike any other play I’ve seen to date, and for all the best reasons.

“Wild” continues through July 29, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. Showtimes are 10 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 1 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The new circus musical, in its world debut at MSMT, tells the tale of a young boy who,...

Afternoon & night delight: Spyro Gyra’s Tom Schuman headlines second annual Christmas City Jazz Fest

Friday, July 21, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

July 22 promises to be a jazz lover’s delight in the Lehigh Valley.

The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective presents its second annual “Christmas City Summer Jazz Festival,” 12:30 - 10 p.m. July 22 at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, 345 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem. There will be 12 groups on two stages. Festival headliner is Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra.

Schuman and Jazz Collective Artistic Director Alan Gaumer go back to the late 1970s when a twenty-something Gaumer needed a sub for...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Times “Three”:“Ken [Ludwig] is giving this beautiful tale of ‘The Three Musketeers’ a new polish with exciting new scenes,” says Rick Sordelet, director of the swashbuckling romp, through Aug. 6, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Tony Award-winning playwright Ludwig wrote the adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel. Ludwig, above, made a rare visit to one of his plays in pre-production when he was on campus at DeSales University, Center Valley, the first day of rehearsal. “The PSF audience...

His aim is true: ‘Trajectory Heart’ by Thomas Mann pops up in Center City Allentown

Friday, July 21, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Thomas Mann, Penn State Lehigh Valley Artist in Residence for July 2017, is at the heart of several art events throughout the Lehigh Valley this summer. The former Allentown resident and a successful jewelry designer and sculptor moved to New Orleans after attending a jazz fest there in 1977.

A two-day “Design for Survival” workshop where Mann returns to teach “Entrepreneurial Thinking & Tactics for Artists” is 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. July 21 and 22, Baum School of Art, Allentown. Mann...

Jazz with Roper at Miller Symphony Hall

Friday, July 21, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Lehigh Valley jazz legend Dave Roper holds court at Miller Symphony Hall as part of the “Jazz Upstairs” series with the first set kicking off at 7:30 p.m. July 21 in the Rodale Room.

The veteran jazz pianist has been performing in the trio configuration since his graduation from Lafayette College in 1960.

Roper notes, “After Lafayette, rather than look for corporate job, I found I could play piano three or four nights a week with a bass and drummer.” He plays solo piano “on...

El Sistema Lehigh Valley concludes school year

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV) students presented a year-end concert June 8 in Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Program director Norma Nunez, now in her second year, led the concert of elementary and middle school students in the Vivaldi String Ensemble, Stravinsky String Ensemble, and the Mozart String Ensemble. Middle school students, who make up the Fellowship of the Strings, performed. Students from all levels participated in the El Sistema Lehigh Valley Choir. A first-time...

Theater Review:

Friday, July 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “My Fair Lady” is more than fair.

It’s extraordinary.

The classic musical, through July 30, Dorothy Hess Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is led by fine lead performances (Jarrod Yuskauskas as Professor Henry Higgins and Meredith Kate Doyle as Eliza Doolittle) and supporting performances (Zach Love as Colonel Pickering, Robert Fahringer as Alfred Doolittle and JoAnn...