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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A Cosy Sheridan retrospective at Godfrey Daniels

Friday, April 21, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Cosy Sheridan first made her mark on the folk scene in 1992 when she won songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Sheridan’s 1992 CD, “Quietly Led” (Waterbug Records) received critical acclaim. From then on Sheridan continued to create a steady stream of insightful, well-crafted albums, culminating in 2014’s “Pretty Bird” and 2016’s “Sometimes I Feel Too Much.” West Side Folk dubbed her “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful songwriters.”

Sheridan performs at 8 p.m. April 22, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

Russian Ballet ‘Swan’ to glide

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Russian National Ballet Theatre production of “Swan Lake” bodes to be as memorable as a swan gliding across a lake.

“Swans are majestic, strong and graceful, as our dancers are,” says Alexander Daev, Assistant Artistic Director and Ballet Master of the Russian National Ballet Theatre for eight years. “Our stage sets, lighting and costumes create a visual panorama always to be remembered,” says Daev.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents the exquisite ballet classic, “Swan Lake,” 8 p.m. March 24, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

‘Nutcracker’ bigger than ever in 48th annual production for Ballet Guild of Lehigh Valley

Friday, December 16, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (BGLV) and the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is presenting its 48th production of the enchanting holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

“We’re keeping the history of ballet alive and going. We have one of our largest casts to date,” says Karen Kroninger Knerr, Artistic Director of the Ballet Guild since 2007. More than 100 are in the production.

Moscow Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ tour stops at State Theatre, Easton

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The breath-taking and spectacular production, Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker,” comes to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, again this year for the holiday season with performances at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

The Moscow Ballet, in its 24th year touring North America, garners critical acclaim for its “Great Russian Nutcracker” performances in more than 100 cities from New York to Los Angeles.

Repertory Dance Theatre returns with ‘Nutcracker,’ adds jazz event

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) celebrates its 29th production of the classic holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker,” with more than 100 talented dancers.

This year, there is a fantastic addition. RDT will also present “Let’s Go Nutz!,” an evening of holiday jazz, 7 p.m. Dec 9, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Professional musicians Bill Washer, Cliff Tracy, Dave Leonhardt and others will join RDT dancers on the Miller Symphony Hall stage where they will perform jazzy versions of “Nutcracker” songs and other holiday tunes.

‘Broadway Christmas’ kicks season into gear at State Theatre

Friday, December 2, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The dazzling musical, “Broadway Christmas Wonderland,” 7 p.m. Dec 1, 2, State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton, is filled with holiday spirit sure to entertain even the grumpiest of the season’s Scrooge.

Produced by Spirit Productions and David King, the internationally-acclaimed theater producer best known for his mega-hit musical, “Spirit of the Dance,” “Broadway Christmas Wonderland” is intended to be a glittering and enchanting Christmas extravaganza for all ages.

Taylor 2 redux with two Fest premieres

Friday, May 13, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

As the renowned and distinguished Bethlehem Bach Festival celebrates its 109th year, The Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company (PT2) will perform with the Bach Festival Orchestra in a stunning series of dances set to Bach and Handel works.

PT2 returns to the festival for the first time since 2009 for the program, “Brimming Over,” bringing two luminous Bach Festival premieres, “Aureole,” performed to the movements of Handel’s Concert Grossi, and “Cascade,” performed to Bach’s harpsichord concertos with soloist Charlotte Mattax-Moersch.

‘Peter and the Wolf and Other Fairy Tales’ RDT spring ballet

Friday, April 8, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

For its spring performance, Repertory Dance Theatre is presenting “Peter and the Wolf and Other Fairy Tales,” a delightful afternoon of story ballets for audiences of all ages, 2 p.m. April 10, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown.

A workshop for ages 4-8 precedes the ballet at 12:45 p.m. April 10 at Scottish Rite Cathedral.