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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Kings of Sing: The King’s Singers bring their 50th anniversary world tour to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, at 8 p.m. Jan. 20. The King’s Singers, a British a cappella vocal ensemble, is named after King’s College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed in 1968 by six choral scholars. The repertoire encompasses Renaissance madrigals, Gilbert and Sullivan, and the Beatles. The double Grammy Award-winning artists were honored for “Simple Gifts” (2009) and contributions to Eric Whitacre’s “Light and Gold” album (2012). “Their vocal production was effortless, stylistically varied and beautifully blended, even in the most complex polyphony,” stated The Washington Post. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; allentownsymphony.org; 610-432-6715

See INTERVIEW, Page B2

Off to see: “The Wizard Of Oz,” the stage musical, whizzes into the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, for three performances: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. The spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, “The Wizard Of Oz,” travels down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, Toto and their friends, the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in the lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and Harold Arlen’s classic songs, including “Over The Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had A Brain.” Tickets: State Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 453 Northampton St., Easton; statetheatre.org; 1-800-999-7828; 610-252-3132

See INTERVIEW, Page B2

January jazz: The Laurence Hobgood Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Hobgood is a contemporary jazz piano virtuoso, composer, arranger, producer, lyricist and educator. Perhaps best known for his 20-year collaboration with vocalist Kurt Elling, Hobgood has had a varied and dynamic career. In addition to Hobgood’s prowess at the piano, he’s identified by many as a key player in updating the “American Songbook,” particularly his arranging for vocalists. “Hobgood is one of the best pianists of his generation,” stated Mojo Magazine. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; allentownsymphony.org; 610-432-6715

See INTERVIEW, Page B2