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PRESS PHOTO BY LORI PATRICKThe March 12 rock concert by Steve Hackett, above, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, attended by an estimated 775, may have been the last really big show for several weeks in the Lehigh Valley. PRESS PHOTO BY LORI PATRICKThe March 12 rock concert by Steve Hackett, above, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, attended by an estimated 775, may have been the last really big show for several weeks in the Lehigh Valley.

Coronavirus closings viral in Lehigh Valley: Update on Wind Creek, A&E venues, shows

Sunday, March 15, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN pwillistein@tnonline.com in Focus

Sometimes, the show must not go on.

That’s that case with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has gone viral ‘round the world, including in the Lehigh Valley where arts, entertainment and cultural venues have shuttered temporarily, and canceled or postponed performances and events.

In an abundance of caution to mitigate transmission of the Coronavirus, persons are urged to keep their distance from one another, known as social distancing, and avoid crowds. This includes sports events, hence the alphabet soup acronym of league and association events, playoffs and season-opener cancellations, including NCAA “March Madness” basketball games, high school state tourneys, MLB opening day, Phantoms, IronPigs ... and the list goes on.

So it goes in the arts and entertainment world, with cancellation of the South by Southwest music, film and interactive media festival, Austin, Tex.; Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Riverside County, Calif.; Broadway theaters going dark in New York City, the closing of Disney World and Disneyland, and postponed international movie releases, including the James Bond film, “No Time To Die,” set to open in April and now scheduled to premiere in November.

A wave of coronavirus closings swept across the Lehigh Valley with major venues, including the Allentown Art Museum, Civic Theatre of Allentown and Wind Creek Bethlehem, shuttering temporarily. Other venues, including PPL Center, Allentown; Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown; State Theatre Centre for the Arts, Easton, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, and Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, have canceling or postponing concerts.

With the closing of schools in Pennsylvania, March 16-27, high school musical performances entered in the Freddy Awards, are canceled or postponed. Check with each school’s website for updates.

With classes moving online at college and university campuses in the Lehigh Valley, some theater and concert performances and gallery exhibitions were not open to the public and other events are canceled, including those at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University; Baker Center for the Arts and Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College; Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, and Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College.

The Steve Hackett March 12 concert at Miller Symphony Hall, which included his replication of Genesis’ prog-rock classic album, “Selling England by the Pound,” may have been the last big area concert for the month.

Here, as of March 15, is an update of what’s closed, canceled or postponed at venues in the Lehigh Valley. The list will be updated. Alsco, check each venue’s website for updates.

If your venue or event isn’t included, email the information to: pwillistein@tnonline.com

Agri-Plex, Allentown Fairgrounds - Postponed: Garage Sale, March 14, 15; rescheduled to May 30, 31

Allentown Art Museum - Closed March 14 - March 31. Information about Gala, April 4, to be announced.

Allentown Band - Postponed: March 15 concert, Star of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem

American on Wheels, Allentown - Closed March 14 March 31.

AMC Movie Theaters - Capping ticket availability to 50 percent of seating capacity for each screening time in every auditorium at AMC theaters nationwide, March 14 until April 30.

Arts at St. John’s, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown. Cancelled: “Bach Marathon,” March 15

Bach Choir of Bethlehem - Canceled: Spring Concert, March 29; “Bach at Noon,” April 14

Baum School of Art, Allentown - Classes canceled March 13, 14 and 16.

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center - Activities suspended until April 10.

Bucks County Playhouse - Postponed: World Premiere, “Other World”

Charles A Brown Ice House, Bethlehem - Closed for March. Postponed: World premiere, March 16 - 18, Crowded Kitchen Players, “The Rising: The Irish Rebellion of 1916 in Song and Verse”; Lehigh Valley premiere, March 26-29, Selkie Theatre, “The Revolutionists”

Civic Theatre of Allentown - Postponed: “Silence! The Musical,” Lehigh Valley premiere, March 13-21; rescheduled April 3-11. Film program on hiatus.

Crayola Experience, Easton - Closed for two weeks

Da VincI Science Center, Allentown - Closed through March 31

Emmaus Historical Society - Canceled: “The Circus is Coming to the Valley,” March 19

Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem - Concerts canceled or postponed: Lucy Wainwright, Frog Holler, Blackwater, The Razzies, “Dave’s Night Out,” Kristy Cox and Serene Green, Pierre Bensusan, Jams and Open Mike (until further notice). Next concert: April 2, “On The Road & In The Round” - Craig Bickhardt, Thom Schuyler, Tony Arata, Jack Murray

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton - Closed through March 30

Historical Bethlehem Museums and Sites - Moravian Museum, Kemerer Museum, Visitor Center closed through March 22

Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown. Closed two weeks, effective March 15. Postponed: Stagemakers’ “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr.,” March 15

Lehigh Valley Active Life, Allentown - Closed March 13 - March 23

Lehigh Valley Auto Show - Postponed: March 19-22, including March 18 Gala, Stabler Arena, Goodman Campus, Lehigh University

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Allentown - Closed through March 31

Lehigh Valley Wine Trail - Final three March weekends of event canceled

Mack Trucks Historical Museum - Closed until further notice

Mauch Chunk Opera House - Concerts on as scheduled for March 13 weekend

Martin Guitar, Nazareth - Tours suspended

Michener Museum, Doylestown. Closed through March 30

Miller Symphony Hall - Akropolis Reed Quintet, March 15: private performance; Canceled: March 19, “Third Thursday,” Steve Brosky, The Lyric Room; March 20: “Jazz Upstairs,” Erich Cawalla Quartet; March 21, Allentown School District Foundation High Notes 2020 Gala; March 22, “The Met: Live in HD Series,” Handel’s “Agrippina”; March 25, “Laughs at The Lyric”; March 29, Young Musician String Festival Concert

National Museum of Industrial History, Bethlehem - Closed until April 1

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe - Postponed: Styx, March 14; Melvin Seals and JGB, March 20; Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, March 21; Last in Line, Lynch Mob, March 22. Still on: “The Kids Closet Sale,” 5 p.m. March 27, 9 a.m. March 28, 9 a.m. March 29. Next concert: April 3, Clint Black

Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem - Postponed: “Twelve Angry Jurors,” March 27; rescheduled to April 17 with show’s run to be announced

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra - Postponed: April 4 concert, First Presbyterian Church, Allentown; rescheduled to Aug. 1

Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown - “Nunsensations! the Nunsense Vegas Revue,” March 20 - May 10; announcement to be made

PPL Center, Allentown - Postponed: Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, March 18; “Trolls Live!,” April 10-12; “Baby Shark Live!,” June 4. Cancelled: NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Allentown Regional, March 28, 29. Next concert: April 17, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Travis Tritt

Public Libraries - Closed March 14 - March 29

St. Patrick’s Parades - Canceled, Bethlehem, March 14; Allentown, March 22

Sellersville Theatre - Closed through March 26

Sigal Museum, Easton - Closed March 13, including historic houses; reopening to be announced

State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton - Events postponed until April 2. Postponed: The Fab Faux, March 14, rescheduled to Sept. 12; Postponed: Red Hot Chilli Pipers, March 21; rescheduled to March 11, 2021; Canceled: “Dancing with the Lehigh Valley Stars.” Next concert: April 2 (sold-out), “One Night of Queen,” April 4

SteelStacks, Musikfest Cafe, Bethlehem - Postponed: Jim Messina, March 14. Performances postponed through March 31, including Lehigh Valley Podcast Festival, SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase. Rescheduled: The Amish Outlaws, July 23; Gary Hoey, March 13, 2021; Everlast, March 14, 2021. ArtsQuest Center and Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas open. Attendance capacity at each movie theater reduced 50 percent. Some comedy shows continue as scheduled. Banana Factory open with programming intact. Visitor Center closed for two weeks.

Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem - Postponed: “The Secret, Act 2,” April 3, 4; rescheduled dates to be announced.

Wind Creek Event Center, Bethlehem - Closed March 15; reopening 6 a.m. March 29. Postponed: Chelsea Handler, March 13; Reba McEntire, March 27, rescheduled to July 18.