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JAZZ VESPERS

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective (PJC) presents a Jazz Christmas vespers service, 4 p.m. Dec. 16, Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem.

A jazz quintet will be led by PJC Artistic Director Alan Gaumer and Neil Wetzel, Ed .D., Director of jazz studies at Moravian College. The choir is directed by June Thomas, jazz vocal teacher at Muhlenberg College. Church staff include musician Sam Creyer and organist Mark Dennis.

The service will be presided over by the Rev....

Pity poor 'Anna Karenina'

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Anna Karenina" is a gorgeous mess the famous Tolstoy character and the new film version of the novel.

Director Joe Wright, who previously directed the historical romantic dramas, "Pride and Prejudice" (2005) and "Atonement" (2007), also starring Keira Knightley, who plays the title character, Anna Karenina, reached for opera and instead got soap opera.

Wright apparently made a conscious effort to not be repetitive of other critically-acclaimed movie versions of the Leo Tolstoy...

MUSIC CLUB

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by The Press in Focus

A free concert will be performed by the Young Musicians of the Allentown Music Club, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Country Meadows of Allentown, Building No. 4, 410 N. Krocks Road.

Open auditions are available for the music club.

Information: Emily Reyes, 610-398-0781

Area volunteers pack blizzard bags for seniors

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by The Press in Focus Feature

Volunteers from Computer Aid, Selective Insurance, Air Products, and Meals on Wheels recently packed 900 emergency food bags ready to deliver to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in Lehigh County during this winter season.

Every year, Meals on Wheels provides its homebound clients with a day's worth of shelf-stable food items, called "blizzard bags," to be used during bad weather when meals cannot be delivered.

These blizzard bags are provided free-of-charge.

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8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Bach Choir firsts: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents two firsts for its annual Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem: Benjamin Britten's "Saint Nicolas" and a collaboration with the Bel Canto Children's Chorus, above, Red Hill, Montgomery County. Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir artistic director and conductor, leads the two choirs, the Bach Festival Orchestra, and soloists Benjamin Butterfield, tenor...

CENTRAL

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by The Press in Focus

A traditional Moravian music Christmas concert and Lovefeast will be presented in partnership with ArtsQuest, 11 a.m. Dec. 8, Central Moravian Church, West Church and Main streets, Bethlehem.

The concert in the 1,200-seat sanctuary of the 206-year-old church includes Christmas carols and Moravian hymns accompanied by Main Street Brass, organ and choir. Brief historical descriptions of the Moravian heritage and traditions will be shared.

Tickets: christmascity. org

Of Britten and Bach

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld is clear about what the choir's annual Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, are all about.

"It's music in celebration of the birth of Christ, in celebration of the Nativity. Especially in what we affectionately call the Christmas City, the Christmas spirit is pervasive.

"The music gives that sense of hope and...

'Follies' fulfilled

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

Touchstone Theatre makes good on its promise of vaudevillian holiday hijinks with "Christmas City Follies XIII," which continues through Dec. 22.

Directed by "Follies" veteran Jp Jordan, the side-splitting show kicked off opening night, Nov. 30, with Touchstone Ensemble apprentices Gary Warren and Kyle Lewis as carolers singing a literal interpretation of the holiday classic "Deck the Halls," which involves beating fellow cast members with "boughs of holly."

"That is never...