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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,...

Three e-mail bag questions answered

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. What is a normal body temperature?

Body temperature fluctuates during the day between 97 F and 99 F. When you wake up, your temperature is at the low end of the range. It increases as the day progresses.

The common standard for a "normal" temperature is 98.6 F. However, the range of normal is about one degree above or below 98.6.

An oral temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or a rectal or ear temperature above 101 F is considered a fever in the majority of adults...

Program fosters Penna. native plants

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Foster parenting is a well-known program where couples or families take in a child or sometimes siblings for a short period of time with the majority of the children returning to their family of origin.

The children are acclimated to a safe haven where the foster families help the foster children cope with problems such as home difficulties, grief, loss of parent-parents and other personal difficulties.

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center (LGNC) is fostering a program where volunteers...

CIVIC THEATRE

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Lehigh Valley is sponsoring a May 9 post-performance talk-back at Civic Theatre of Allentown, Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, about mental health issues raised by the Pulitzer-winning musical "Next to Normal." The post-show talk back is free.

A panel will be led by Lehigh Valley Health Network Vice Chair of Inpatient Psychiatry Laurence Karper, M.D., retired psychologist Dennis Geiger, Ph. D. and psychologist Peter...

Celebrating 30 years with Funfgeld

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The 106th Bethlehem Bach Festival is an occasion for celebration, notably Greg Funfgeld's 30th festival as Artistic Director and Conductor.

This year, the two weekends in May have some surprises, including the Rioult Dance troupe for Saturday morning performances to the music of Bach, and even two non-Bach works: Ludwig van Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" and Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" ("Eternal Light") for the Friday concerts.

The Bach Festival is May 3 and 4, 10 and 11 on...

USC honors Wittry with alumus award

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music will present the Outstanding Alumnus Award to conductor Diane Wittry as part of the School's Honors Convocation May 16. She will also address the USC Thornton graduating class the following day during the Commencement Ceremony.

Wittry, who graduated with honors from USC Thornton in 1983 and received a Master's from the school two years later, is music director of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.

She was recently...

Help 'Create a Symphony' at Miller Symphony Hall

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Have you ever blown across the top of a bottle, or tapped a rhythm on a coffee can or the bottom of a pot? How about shaking a bottle of seeds or beans, or blowing on a straw? All around us, there are everyday objects that you can use to make music.

The Allentown Symphony presents "Create a Symphony," this season's Family Concert, 2 p.m. May 5, Miller Symphony Hall. For this concert, I wanted to show how you can make musical instruments out of a variety of household items.

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MORAVIAN

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Claremont Trio performs 8 p.m. May 3, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Hurd Campus, Church and Main streets, Bethlehem, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem.

The award-winning piano trio performs Mozart, Trio in E Major, K. 542; Gabriela Lena Frank New Work (2012), commissioned by the Claremont Trio; and Mendelssohn, Trio in C minor, Op.66.

Single tickets are expected to be available at the door. Information: cmsob.org