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Fishtank Ensemble: World music in one

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For members of Fishtank Ensemble, the music world is their oyster.

The cover of Fishtank Ensemble's latest CD, "Woman in Sin," looks like a pop-up greeting card with the eclectic music group's images in front of, or perhaps in, an aquarium surrounded by denizens of the deep.

Fishtank Ensemble, which played Musikfest in 2011, plays at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

The group is: lead singer Ursula Knudson (depicted as a mermaid on the CD cover),...

Swingle again for Bach Choir

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will present "Let's Swingle" as its fifth gala concert and fundraiser featuring The Swingle Singers, 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Runners-up in the "Bach-appella Competition" for high school and college a cappella ensembles give a pre-concert performance at 7:40 p.m. The winning ensemble performs as part of the Swingle Singers' concert.

The Swingle Singers concert, "Classic Reinventions," is a program...

Theater Review Musical just 'Marvelous' at The Pines

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Step back to an era when big hair, cat's-eye glasses and go-go boots were cutting-edge fashion accessories and enjoy an energetic quartet harmonize non-stop hit songs from the 1950s and '60s.

"The Marvelous Wonderettes" by Roger Bean, with music arrangements by Brian William Baker and directed by Oliver Blatt, continues through Oct. 28 The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.

The singing group, "The Marvelous Wonderettes," first appear in the Springfield High School's prom queen...

Blythe gives her regards to Kate Smith

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Mezzo-soprano Steph-anie Blythe will present her cabaret performance of music by American icon Kate Smith.

The show, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, Allentown, features Blythe accompanied by pianist Craig Terry.

"The show is a tribute to the great American singer Kate Smith. It is not an impersonation show," says Blythe. "I don't pretend to be Kate Smith or try to sing like Kate Smith."

In addition to the songs, Blythe offers...

Speeding back

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

The fastest member of the Animal Kingdom has had another successful nesting season here in the Keystone State.

According to Pennsylvania Game Commission falcon program coordinator Dr. F. Arthur McMorris, there were 32 pairs of confirmed Peregrine Falcon nesting sites across Pennsylvania in 2012.

Out of the 32 confirmed nests, 22 of the pairs had success nesting. These breeding pairs raised 62 young falcons.

"We banded 42 of the young falcons in an ongoing effort to...

Enter the haggis - and the kilts

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Kilts and Celts will descend upon Bethlehem for the 25th annual Celtic Classic.

What was once a tiny festival conceived by a small group of individuals dedicated to preserving Celtic heritage has blossomed into the largest Celtic event in North America.

The Celtic Classic, Sept. 28 - 30, features food, music, and sport, all with roots in the rich Celtic tradition.

More than 250,000 people travel to Bethlehem to partake in the Celtic Classic.

"There's so much that...

You be 'Frank,' I'll be 'Robot'

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Robot & Frank" is a cute comedy-drama that presents issues about growing old and health care for the elderly in a very entertaining way.

The film by movie producer turned first-time feature director, Jake Schreier, and TV writer-producer and first-time feature screenwriter, Christopher D. Ford, should garner an actor Oscar nomination for Frank Langella, previously nominated for his stunning portrayal of former President Richard Nixon in director Ron Howard's "Frost-Nixon" (2008...

Lehigh Valley Stage

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Sept 28, 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.

"Arsenic and Old Lace," 8 p.m. Sept. 26 - 29, Oct. 3 - 6; 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7; 9:45 a.m. Oct. 2, DeSales University, Main Stage,...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Sing me "Kate": Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe, above, who recently starred as Fricka in Wagner's "Ring Cycle," is in concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Blythe will perform her acclaimed program, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," accompanied by Craig Terry, piano. Blythe, described as having a commanding, sumptuous mezzo-soprano, premiered that role in "One Sweet Morning" with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall to commemorate...

Ball to again have a Blast in Bethlehem

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

The blues return to SteelStacks on Bethlehem's southside for the second annual Blast Furnace Blues Festival. The three-day blues showcase will consist of more than 25 acclaimed local and national acts performing on three stages.

Headlining the opening day of the festival, which runs Sept. 14 - 16, is legendary harmonica player James Cotton.

Cotton, a Mississippi native is the recipient of a 1996 Grammy award and a member of the Blues Hall of Fame. He performed with the iconic...