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Auditions

Friday, September 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

YOUNG MUSICIANS

Young musicians ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition for The Young Musicians Club of Allentown.

Auditions will be held during the club’s first meeting, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Zentz Hall, Fellowship Community Center, 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall.

Prospective members who sing or play a musical instrument may audition by performing two pieces, one by memory. To be eligible, members must be taking private music lessons.

The Young Musicians Club is...

Movie Review: ‘Searching’ for a movie

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Technological devices have often been plot devices in movies.

Film-makers Auguste and Louis Lumière scared the heck out of audiences in 1896 with their 50-second-long silent film, “L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat” (“Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat’).

Director William A. Wellman’s 1927 feature film about World War I fighter planes, “Wings,” received the first best-picture Oscar.

“The Story of Alexander Graham Bell,” released in 1939 and starring Don Ameche as...

A 9/11 remembrance: Straight on till morning

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by SUSANNAH BIANCHI in Focus

The journalist Mary McGrory, when she couldn’t bring herself to write about John Kennedy’s funeral, said, “In the presence of great grief and emotion, write short sentences.”

I am always humbled to remember the fallen, those who didn’t come home on the 11th of September, 2001. I was living on the same block as the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home then, and I can still hear the sound of bagpipes mewling in the early morning as another firefighter or policeman was laid to rest.

I...

Concert Review: Elton John ‘Yellow Brick Road’ farewell all you could imagine and more at PPL Center, Allentown

Monday, September 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For Elton John, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road - The Final Tour” began Sept. 8, 2018, in Allentown, no less, at the PPL Center, where the superstar and his band, staff and crew holed up for nearly a week to assemble, rehearse and present what is a spectacular retrospective of the iconic pop-rock singer-performer-composer’s 50-year career.

The 24-song, 2-hour, 40 min. concert (by my count) was, by turns, intimate (Sir Elton’s chatty introductions to nearly every song), gargantuan (the...

Article By: DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

‘Zarathustra’ has a lot to say

for Allentown Symphony fans

With the start of September comes the start of another Allentown Symphony Orchestra season.

The professional orchestra performs pops and classical concerts from September through May at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Whatever we are performing, it is always a lot of fun for myself, musicians, and audience.

This year, we begin the season in a very dramatic way. Many people remember director Stanley...

Steven Wright a comedian for the social media age

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Steven Wright is a comedian for the social-media age.

One would be hard-pressed to find another individual so adept for an internet platform like Twitter where brevity is key and wit equals followers.

Steve Wright performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 to kick off the 2018-19 season of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton,

Lucky, at least, for fans of keen observational humor, Wright has stayed on the path of the one-liner.

The quick one-two punch has been a comedic...

Musicians, dancers, artists to present Elton John tribute in Allentown

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

If Austin Powers is the “International Man of Mystery,” then Sir Elton John has to be the “International Man of Music.”

You know the persona, the act, the costumes, the gossip, but most of all you know the music. The music, after all, is what has made Sir Elton a constant companion throughout your life, even if you’re only a casual fan.

Are you still standing? Did you feel the love tonight? Felt so good one day you didn’t want the sun to go down on you? In themselves, they are...

Auditions

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

BACH CHOIR:

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will hold new-member auditions by appointment: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sept. 4; 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Sept. 6, and 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sept. 8, Heckewelder House, 440 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem.

Singers accepted participate in five concerts in the 2018-19 season, the 112th Bethlehem Bach Festival, and may participate in “Bach to School” and “Bach at Noon” educational programs.

Weekly rehearsals are 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Mondays, First...

The Family Project: Walking to school

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. We live just under a mile from my daughter’s elementary school, and last year we drove her to school every day. This year she will be in third grade, and she wants to walk to school with some friends. Do you think that in this day and age this is safe?

“For one thing, it depends on who are these friends, and where do they live,” panelist Erin Stalsitz said. “I’d like to say, ‘Yes, it’s safe,’ but it also depends on the location where the children will be walking, and if there are...