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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Jazz valentine: Simon Mulligan Trio returns for “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. It’s an evening of romantic jazz with Mulligan, piano; Gene Perla, bass, and Dave Willard, drums. The British pianist has been described by The Times of London as “the most abundantly gifted of pianists.” Mulligan was 19 when he began worldwide tours and recital tours with violinist Joshua Bell, performing at major international venues as well as live broadcasts for Lincoln Center and the Grammy Awards. Mulligan has performed for President Barack Obama, Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, and has collaborated with Dame Shirley Bassey, Branford Marsalis, Liza Minnelli, Van Morrison. and Sting. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; millersymphonyhall.org; 610-432-6715. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets include a light buffet. A cash bar is available.

Rockin’ the uke: Jake Shimabukuro, a ukulele virtuoso, performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Musikfest Cafe, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Shimabukuro is on tour, for the Feb. 14 release of his new CD, “Trio.” Reimaging classics has become a Shimabukuro specialty, including on the new album, Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” Accompanying Shimabukuro is Dave Preston, guitar, and Nolan Verner, bass. Shimabukuro’s rendition of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” has had 16.5 million YouTube views. Shimabukuro has since released 16 solo albums, beginning with 2002’s “Sunday Morning” up to 2018’s “Greatest Day,” with six of the albums reaching the Billboard Top 5 World Album Charts, including the No. 1 “Peace Love Ukulele” (2011). Tickets: Musikfest box office, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem; musikfest.org; 610-332-3378. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Big Macca: Tony Kishman, guitar, bass, piano, lead vocals, performs “Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney,” 8 p.m. Feb. 15, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Kishman is creator and band leader of “Live And Let Die,” a full multimedia experience celebrating the music of Paul McCartney (whose nickname is Macca) and featuring four multi-talented musicians. Kishman starred for six years in the national and international tours of Broadway’s “Beatlemania” and performs in the symphonic Beatles production, “Classical Mystery Tour.” Kishman has been performing “Live and Let Die” for more than a decade, bringing the music and the magic of the Beatles and Paul McCartney to a new generation, earning raves for his uncanny resemblance visually and vocally to Beatle Paul. Tickets: Penn’s Peak box office, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe; pennspeak.com; ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000; 866-605-7325. Doors open at 7 p.m.