An orchestra is an amazing ensemble composed of so many wonderful instruments. When put together, the sounds that they produce can be absolutely stunning.
French composer Maurice Ravel was a master at creating new sounds for the orchestra. In his ballet "Daphnis and Chloe," he uses a very large orchestra and writes in such a way that the music just cascades around us. He even uses a large chorus as an instrumental sound, where all the members of the chorus sing on the syllable "Ah" and the voices meld into the orchestra, creating yet another color for our ears to enjoy.
An awards ceremony and reception for the 2013 East Central PA Scholastic Art Awards will be held 2 - 4 p.m. Feb. 3, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
Allentown Art Museum and Baum School of Art is holding joint exhibitions of selected juried art student entries through Feb. 17.
Students grades 7 - 12 in Carbon, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties were eligible to enter.
The event is free and open to the public.
Take one-part theatrical spectacle, toss in operatic vocals, add in wind instruments, accordion, violin, upright bass, saxophone, musical saw, sprinkle with a dash of belly dancing and a dollop of Klezmer for seasoning, add a hint of vaudeville, blend it together vigorously, turn it upside down and send it out on a road trip from Portland, Ore., and you have Vagabond Opera.
Much like a brilliant culinary recipe, Vagabond Opera combines a few standard ingredients with custom additives to create a dish best served live.
Landing the laughs: "Boeing, Boeing" lands the laughs at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem. But you'd better make your reservations now because the show ends its run this weekend. The farce, based on a French play, was made into a movie in 1965 starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis. The Playhouse cast, above, left to right, Annie Locke (Gretchen), Mark A. Saylor (Robert), Beth Linzer (Berthe), Joanne Rooney (Gloria), Seth Rohrbach (Bernard) and Kelly-Anne Rohrbach (Gabriella), is directed by Mark Breiner. The play continues at 8 p.m. Jan. 31, Feb 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Feb. 3.
A quintet of Pete Smyser, seven-string guitarist; Larry McKenna, saxophone; Tom Lawton, piano; Madison Rast, bass; and Dan Monaghan, drums, present "Jeepers Creepers!," a music tribute to Harry Warren, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Foy Concert Hall. Hurd Campus, Moravian College.
The concert will be recorded for a future CD release. Smyser's previous concert at Moravian, "The Jerome Kern Concert," was released on CD last year and rose to the Top 50 in jazz radio play nationally for several weeks.
Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Readers Pick the Oscar recipients contest for the 85th Academy Awards.
@$: 5 "Amour"
5 "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
5 "Django Unchained"
5 "Les Misérables"
5 "Life of Pi"
5 "Silver Linings Playbook"
5 "Zero Dark Thirty"
@$: 5 Michael Haneke, "Amour"
5 Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
5 Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
5 Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
5 David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.
Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem leads off its 2013 "Director's Cut" season with the divine farce, "Boeing Boeing," weekends through Feb. 3. This bit of mid-century madness is a revival of the 1960 French play written by Marc Camoletti and translated into English by Beverly Cross and Francine Evans. It was also released as a Hollywood film in 1965 starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.
The comedy, featuring a six-member ensemble, is a fast-paced romp with each cast member having an equally important role in the furthering and ultimately resolving of the plot.
The songs remain the same, and that's just fine for Creedence Clearwater Revisited bass player and 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stu Cook.
The band, which formed in 1995 and actively tours throughout the United States and abroad, recently completed a four-night "Rock Legends" cruise which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to the northern coast of Haiti.
Back on terra firma, Creedence continues an extensive 2013 tour schedule with an 8 p.m. Jan. 23 concert at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem.
"Boeing Boeing," 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 26, 21, Feb 1, 2; 3 p.m. Feb. 3, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse. org, 610-865-6665
"Divine Intervention," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1; 1, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 484-866-1513
"In The Mood," 3, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter. org, 610-758-2787
"Pinkalicious," 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Feb. 2, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 452 Northampton St., Easton. statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE