East Penn Press

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Pa. Music & Arts Celebration back at Allentown Fairgrounds

Friday, May 24, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration returns with its focus on veterans and music with local roots, May 25-27, Allentown Fairgrounds.

Highlighting the second annual festival is veterans-related programming Memorial Day, including “The USO Tribute Show,” featuring Bob Hope impersonator Bill Johnson, and Michele DelaFave, who performed with Hope on his USO tours in Vietnam and was one of The Golddiggers dancers on “The Dean Martin Show” TV show (1965-1974).

Growing Mayfair: Festival builds on success in second year at Cedar Crest College

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A newly-invigorated Mayfair returns to Cedar Crest College for its second year with twice as many artists and food vendors, expanded hours and some new faces.

After more than 22,000 filled the Allentown campus for the three-day festival last year, Lauren Condon, director of Student Union and Engagement for Cedar Crest, says organizers were “empowered” to move ahead with this year’s festival.

“The feedback was overwhelmingly positive about bringing back this beloved tradition to our beautiful campus,” she says. “We are hoping to build on last year’s numbers.”

Emmaus Chorale trip includes performances at Sistine Chapel and Vatican

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

A trip of a lifetime for 53 young singers culminated with a rare performance at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, while Emmaus High School Chorale was on a 10-day concert tour of Italy over Holy Week.

Although the Chorale has traveled to Italy in the past, this was the first time the students sang at the Sistine Chapel, known for its ceiling painted by Michelangelo and considered one of the holiest sites in the Roman Catholic Church.

Emmaus High School Chorale to sing in Sistine Chapel

Friday, April 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

On April 23, two days after Easter, the Emmaus High School Chorale will become one of the select few choirs to sing at the renowned Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Italy.

The rare opportunity will take place during the Chorale’s concert tour to Italy during Holy Week.

“There is not a place in Italy that is more significant,” says Chorale director Rita Cortez. “You’re not even supposed to talk when you go there because it’s such a holy place and it’s visually stunning. I can’t wait for the Chorale to sing in there.”

Lona Farr, David Voellinger chair Community Music School Gala

Friday, April 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The move to a new home and a remembrance of the late founding director is the focus of Community Music School Lehigh Valley & Berks’ (CMS) annual Spring Brunch and Silent Auction fundraiser, noon-3 p.m. April 28, Lehigh Country Club, Lower Macungie Township.

CMS will present an afternoon of music and reflections on the transformational move to the school’s new location, 1544 Hamilton St., Allentown, and honoring the memory of Martha Maletz, the inspirational founding director of the school, who died March 22.

‘Billboard’ going national

Friday, April 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A locally-produced film, inspired by a 1982 billboard-sitting contest in Whitehall Township, is getting its national release.

Forks Township filmmaker Zeke Zelker’s “Billboard,” more than 10 years in the making, opened April 5 at Frank Banko Cinemas, Steelstacks, Bethlehem, as part of the Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival, where it’s scheduled to continue through April 11, and at Movie Tavern, Trexlertown, Upper Macungie Township, where it’s scheduled to continue through April 10.

Sinfonia says hello Dali in first-ever collaboration

Friday, April 5, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The renowned Dali Quartet accompanies the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra in the ensembles’ first-ever collaboration, “Dazzling Dalí,” 7:30 p.m. April 6, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown.

It is the first time the two organizations have worked together, according to Bethlehem native and Dali first violinist Domenic Salerni.

Temple U. prof to lead Bel Canto choral music teachers workshop

Monday, March 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Internationally-renowned choral-music clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth will work with Allentown School District teachers and other area choral directors in a “Choral Music Teacher Workshop,” presented by the Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

“In the choral music field, everyone knows Rollo [Dilworth],” says Joy Hirokawa, artistic director of Bel Canto. “He is a leader in choral music education. We are really excited about him coming.”

Annual ‘Bach Marathon’ March 24 at St. John’s Church, Allentown

Friday, March 22, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Hear several hours of Baroque music on one of the Lehigh Valley’s most magnificent organs when the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists holds its annual “Bach Marathon,” 3 - 7 p.m. March 24, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown.

Members and friends of the Guild perform music by Bach and composers who influenced or were influenced by Bach in 30-minute time slots.

Concert Review: Bach ‘Youth Choirs Festival’ glorious at Zoellner

Monday, March 18, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

More than 200 voices young and old rang out with glorious music during the Bach Choir of Bethehem’s “Youth Choirs Festival” at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Four youth choirs with more than 140 talented young singers joined members of Bach Choir of Bethlehem in a delightful concert of music by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and contemporary composers.