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Piano prodigy opens season with Allentown Symphony

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by The Press in Focus

So many of us remember those days sitting at a piano, where our legs would swing freely in front of the bench because they were just too short to reach the floor.

Little, pudgy fingers would cautiously press on the piano keys, halting for seconds, and sometimes even minutes between chords. Looks of extreme concentration would adorn our faces as we struggled with figuring out the notes on the printed page of the music in front of us.

Enter the haggis - and the kilts

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Celtic Classic celebrates 25 years in Bethlehem

Kilts and Celts will descend upon Bethlehem for the 25th annual Celtic Classic.

What was once a tiny festival conceived by a small group of individuals dedicated to preserving Celtic heritage has blossomed into the largest Celtic event in North America.

The Celtic Classic, Sept. 28 - 30, features food, music, and sport, all with roots in the rich Celtic tradition.

More than 250,000 people travel to Bethlehem to partake in the Celtic Classic.

Speeding back

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Game Commission confirms successful year for Peregrine Falcon nesting

The fastest member of the Animal Kingdom has had another successful nesting season here in the Keystone State.

According to Pennsylvania Game Commission falcon program coordinator Dr. F. Arthur McMorris, there were 32 pairs of confirmed Peregrine Falcon nesting sites across Pennsylvania in 2012.

Out of the 32 confirmed nests, 22 of the pairs had success nesting. These breeding pairs raised 62 young falcons.

Blythe gives her regards to Kate Smith

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Mezzo-soprano Steph-anie Blythe will present her cabaret performance of music by American icon Kate Smith.

The show, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, Allentown, features Blythe accompanied by pianist Craig Terry.

"The show is a tribute to the great American singer Kate Smith. It is not an impersonation show," says Blythe. "I don't pretend to be Kate Smith or try to sing like Kate Smith."

In addition to the songs, Blythe offers background and biographical material about Kate Smith.

Theater Review Musical just 'Marvelous' at The Pines

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Step back to an era when big hair, cat's-eye glasses and go-go boots were cutting-edge fashion accessories and enjoy an energetic quartet harmonize non-stop hit songs from the 1950s and '60s.

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" by Roger Bean, with music arrangements by Brian William Baker and directed by Oliver Blatt, continues through Oct. 28 The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Sing me "Kate": Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe, above, who recently starred as Fricka in Wagner's "Ring Cycle," is in concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Blythe will perform her acclaimed program, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," accompanied by Craig Terry, piano. Blythe, described as having a commanding, sumptuous mezzo-soprano, premiered that role in "One Sweet Morning" with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Lehigh Valley Stage

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Sept 28, 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.

"Arsenic and Old Lace," 8 p.m. Sept. 26 - 29, Oct. 3 - 6; 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7; 9:45 a.m. Oct. 2, DeSales University, Main Stage, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu, 610-282-3192

You be 'Frank,' I'll be 'Robot'

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Robot & Frank" is a cute comedy-drama that presents issues about growing old and health care for the elderly in a very entertaining way.

The film by movie producer turned first-time feature director, Jake Schreier, and TV writer-producer and first-time feature screenwriter, Christopher D. Ford, should garner an actor Oscar nomination for Frank Langella, previously nominated for his stunning portrayal of former President Richard Nixon in director Ron Howard's "Frost-Nixon" (2008).

Blast Furnace Blues Festival schedule

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Sept. 14

Musikfest Café

James Supra, 5 p.m.

Lurrie Bell, 6:45 p.m.

Alexis P Suter, 8:30 p.m.

Jam, 10:30 p.m.

Banko Cinema, Red Theater

Mike Dugan, 5:30 p.m.

Watermelon Slim, 7:15 p.m.

Mike Dugan, 9 p.m.

Sept. 15

Musikfest Café

Lazy Lester, 12:30 p.m.

Catherine Russell, 2 p.m.

Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, 3:30 p.m.

James Cotton, 5 p.m.

Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials, 7 p.m.

CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 8:45 p.m.

Banko Cinema, Red Theater

Donovan Roberts, 1:30, 3 p.m.