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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Allentown Band returns to Carnegie Hall

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Allentown Band performs the “Showcase Concert” at the New York International Music Festival presented by World Projects, 8 p.m. April 16, Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Dutch composer Johan de Meij wiill conduct the Allentown Band for his composition, “Pennsylvania Faux Songs,” commissioned by the Allentown Band for its 190th anniversary.

The one-movement suite includes five “Folk songs Pennsylvanians forgot to write,” according to the composer: “On the Banks of the...

Thatcher takes it to ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Craig Thatcher Jazz Project performs in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. March 22, Rodale Community Room. Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The concert is sold-out.

Thatcher, an International Clinician-Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, guitar instructor and recording artist, is well-known for his guitar work. Thatcher has performed with a slew of top performers: Simone, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Savoy Brown, the Spencer...

Respectfully Yours: Honor invitation

Friday, March 22, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I made the mistake of accepting an invitation to a party that I would rather not attend. I only know the host and barely anyone else. As life would happen, I was then invited to another party that I’d rather attend on the same date. How do I get out of going to the first one?

Dear Reader,

You are jeopardizing your integrity. Keep your promises, even if it takes extra effort, and do the right thing.

You really must go to the one you first responded...

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.

The church’s organ is featured in several organ concerts as part of...

Healthy Geezer: Osteoarthritis supplements

Friday, March 22, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Are glucosamine and chondroitin good for arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of the condition. An estimated 27 million adults in the United States live with osteoarthritis.

You get osteoarthritis when cartilage, the cushioning tissue within the joints, wears down. The disease affects both men and women. By age 65, more than 50 percent of us have osteoarthritis in at least one joint.

Osteoarthritis can affect...

Genealogy workshop

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

A “Genealogy Workshop” will be held 9 a.m. - noon March 23, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown. Workshop participants may use the Museum’s Research Library, 1:30 - 4 p.m. March 23.

There’s a workshop fee for Lehigh County Historical Society members and non-members. Preregistration is required: Alyce Templeton, 610-435-1074, ext. 14.

Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074Lehigh...

Charter Arts: ‘Sweeney Todd’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

With dark, razor-sharp wit, “Sweeney Todd School Edition: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” comes to the stage, 7 p.m. April 3, 4, 5, 6 and 2 p.m. April 7, theater, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem.

With book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the musical is based on the lurid tale of a vengeful, murderous barber from a popular Victorian “penny dreadful” novella. His victims get...

Apollo 11 talk

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

Historian and engineer Peter Kern presents a lecture, “Fly Me to the Moon … The Events Leading to the Historic 1969 voyage of Apollo 11,” 1 p.m. March 23, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Fifty years ago this summer, the United States made world history when the Apollo 11 astronauts became the first humans to set foot on the moon.

Kern will discuss the U.S. Space Program, events leading to the...