Stefano Greco hopes to inspire the audiences who come to his concerts by helping them get to know composers.
“Understanding music goes together with understanding the composer and the meaning behind his music,” says the renowned Italian concert pianist.
Greco returns to the Lehigh Valley, bringing his unique approach and style to Miller Symphony Hall for the first performance in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s “Chamber On Stage,” 2 p.m. Oct. 20.
Michael J. Sr. and Carol A. Tenuto of Claussville, Lowhill Township, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 25, 2019, with family and friends at the VFW, Ocean View, Del.
They were married Aug. 23, 1969, in the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena, Allentown. The Rev. Joseph W. Bucolo, cousin of the groom, performed the ceremony.
Mike and Carol have two children: a son, Michael Jr., of Orefield, North Whitehall Township, and a daughter, Ann Marie Higgins, married to Scott, both of Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s 122nd season is marked by “innovation and new ideas steeped in tradition,” says Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir artistic director and conductor.
The season, which culminates with an international tour to Bachfest in Leipzig Germany in June, highlights the impact music has in everyone’s lives, in the past and as a guide toward the future.
“Our strength is that we have not been afraid of innovation, but yet stay connected to our roots,” Funfgeld says of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.
Gala Concert: Theatre of Early Music presents “Coronation of King George II,” 3 p.m. Oct. 26, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown. A recreation of the the coronation of King George II amid the orchestral and choral pageantry of English court, conducted by Canadian countertenor Daniel Taylor.
Bach at Noon, 12:10 p.m. Nov. 12, Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem. Bach Choir performs Georg Philipp Telemann’s “Sonatas for Violin, Viola da Gamba, and Harpsichord” and Bach’s “Cantata 137.”
Bel Canto Youth Chorus Winter Concert, 2 p.m. Dec. 7, Venue to be announced.
Q. I’ve been getting lots of ear wax lately. Please tell me this has nothing to do with getting older.
I wish I could. Ear-wax problems are just one more indignity seniors have to deal with. I sympathize with your annoyance.
As you age, your eardrums often thicken and the bones of the middle ear and other structures are affected. Hearing sharpness may decline because of changes in the auditory nerve. Impacted ear wax is another cause of trouble hearing and is more common with increasing age.
Q. My children, ages 5 and 12, are planning their costumes for Halloween. Our neighborhood has always been safe, but I still worry. Do you think they are old enough to go alone? I need to be at my house to hand out candy. Also, is there an age when children are too old to trick or treat?
“I don’t think you need to be concerned about how old to trick or treat,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said in answer to one of the questions.
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Anyone who loves the television shows, “Downton Abbey” (and now the movie) and “The Crown,” or follows the British Royal Family, won’t want to miss the American premiere of “The Coronation of King George II,” a theatrical and musical recreation of the crowning of the British king in 1727 in London’s Westminster Abbey.
The 3 p.m. Oct. 26 event, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Gala Concert, is presented by Canada’s Theatre of Early Music, in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in center city Allentown.
Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, October 16: Octoberfest menu: Grilled bratwurst, potato pancake, Bavarian cole slaw, rye bread w/ margarine, apple turnover.
Thursday, October 17: Veal parmigiana over vermicelli, California vegetable blend, Italian bread w/ margarine, fresh fruit cup.
Friday, October 18: Apple juice, smoked turkey, salami and provolone cheese on a roll, cucumber - sour cream salad, tropical fruit.
The Peter & Will Anderson Trio presents “Artie Meets Benny,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The concert will feature contemporary takes on the music of Swing Band era bandleaders Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. There will be discussion of their music and place in history and vintage clips of Shaw and Goodman.
The Andersons will present a separate concert in the Rodale Room for area high school students.
When Amanda Mole was studying organ at the conservatory, students were told that if they thought they were going to be touring concert performers, they might as well forget about it.
“I knew I wanted to be a concert organist,” she says. “I just never said it out loud.”
Today the 33-year-old is one of the leading concert organists of her generation and the winner of numerous international competitions.
At 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Mole will perform her first Lehigh Valley concert as part of the “Arts at St. John” series at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown.