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THEATER REVIEW PYT 'Flat Stanley' deserves big stamp of approval

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

To see the world for the price of a postage stamp is a great benefit if you can fold yourself flat, as Stanley Lambchop finds out in a musical romp around the world.

Pennsylvania Youth Theatre's production of "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley," directed by Bill Mutimer, through May 19, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, Sand Island, Bethlehem, deserves a big stamp of approval. Timothy Allen McDonald adapted Jeff Brown's classic children's story, "Flat Stanley," for the children's...

CONCERT REVIEW The music of Bach abides in Bethlehem

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem was forged by Bethlehem Steel Corp. chieftain Charles M. Schwab who lured J. Fred Wolle back from a University of California professorship to again lead the choir in 1911, with the Bethlehem Bach Festival resuming the next year in Packer Church, Lehigh University.

Wolle had rehearsed and conducted The Bach Choir of Bethlehem's first American performance of Bach's The Mass in B Minor in 1900 in Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem.

While "The...

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

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NOLA on the Lehigh: The New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) jazz sound of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, above, opens RiverJazz, 7:30 p.m. May 9, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The group, a touring act for half a century, derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter that was founded in 1961 by Allan and Sandra Jaffe. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or...

THEATER REVIEW Civic's 'Next to Normal' is anything but

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Next To Normal" is certainly not your normal musical.

It defies the conventions of traditional Broadway fare in several ways.

"Next to Normal," through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, has very few spoken words of dialogue. The story is advanced through songs 17 in act one and 20 (including five reprises) in act two, for a total of 37 production numbers.

This is about double the number of songs in a typical musical. "Chicago," for example, has 11 songs in act one and...

SYMPHONY POPS

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Muhlenberg College sophomore Morgan Reilly will be featured in the Elton John-Kiki Dee duet for "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" during "Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy" Allentown Symphony Pops concert, 8 p.m. May 11, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Reilly, a 2011 Parkland High School graduate, has appeared on stage at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College and Bucks County Playhouse.

She most recently performed as Gypsy Rose Lee...

Playing 'Allentown' in Allentown

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

I don't know if Billy Joel did us a favor or not when he wrote the famous "Allentown" song, but either way you view it, he put the city of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley on the map.

Just last week, as I was traveling, conducting concerts, someone asked me if I conducted the orchestra in the city of Allentown that Billy Joel had written the song about.

Since the release of "that" song in 1982 and over the last two decades or so, the Lehigh Valley has changed tremendously....

To Grover Washington Jr. with jazz

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Producer, arranger, composer and keyboardist Jason Miles has been bringing audiences to their feet at jazz festivals all over the United States with "To Grover with Love," a tribute to the music of Grover Washington Jr., which will be presented during RiverJazz, 8:30 p.m. May 24, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Chick Corea and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are two of the many acts in the 2013 RiverJazz presented by Concannon Miller, May 9...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED IMAGE in Focus

"Backyard" art: An opening reception for Elizabeth Johnson's "Backyard Painting," is 7 - 10 p.m. May 3, Fox Optical & Gallery, 28 E. Third St., Bethlehem. The exhibition is composed of a colorful series of oil paintings, including "Bicycle Alley," above, depicting the cluttered alleys and backyards near Johnson's home in Easton. The reception is part of Bethlehem's First Friday, with receptions and events along Third and Fourth streets, including ArtsQuest's Banana Factory. Fox Gallery...

'The Place' for fine acting

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Place Beyond The Pines" is a complex drama with three parallel plots telling three interlocking stories. Each is about an individual's choice, and the truth or consequences that result, depending on the choices made.

"Pines" is an indie film crime caper that is of chief interest for its clever if somewhat convoluted screenplay and a bevy of stellar performances by some of the United States' best hot young movie stars.

"The Place Beyond The Pines," directed by Derek...

106th Bethlehem Bach Festival schedule

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The 106th Bethlehem Bach Festival is May 3, 4, 10, 11, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Greg Funfgeld, artistic director, conductors the 100 volunteer singers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra.

Internationally-acclaimed soloists for this year's Festival are Kendra Colton, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Christòpheren Nomura, bass; William Sharp, baritone; and Daniel Taylor, countertenor.

The Festival Brass Choir,...