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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Healthy Geezer: Fibromyalgia

Friday, March 1, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My sister went through a nightmare of doctor visits before she finally found out she has fibromyalgia. Why did it take so long for a correct diagnosis?

What your sister endured is common. It’s not easy to diagnose fibromyalgia with a laboratory test. Healthcare practitioners have to rely on symptoms to make a diagnosis.

Fibromyalgia symptoms vary. To complicate the diagnosis, fibromyalgia imitates rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus and other conditions.

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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, March 1, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 2019 Freddy Awards at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

The 17th annual Freddys recognize accomplishments in musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Warren County, N.J.

The list of the 30 schools participating in the 2019 Freddy Awards, along...

Pa. Sinfonia to present annual all-Mozart concert

Friday, March 1, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Allan Birney, presents “An Afternoon with Mozart,” 4 p.m. March 3, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

An all-Mozart concert on a March afternoon has become an anticipated part of the Sinfonia’s season schedule.

The program includes “Symphony No. 17 in G,” K. 129; “Exultate, Jubilate,” K. 165, and the “Violin Concerto No. 4 in D,” K. 218, in which violinist Rebecca Brown is soloist.

“Exultate, Jubilate” is a...

Tristan England born to run in ‘Monster Jam’ EarthShaker

Friday, February 22, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Tristan England, driver of EarthShaker in the “Monster Jam Triple Threat Series,” Feb. 22-24, PPL Center, Allentown, got his start in 2015 when he attended “Monster Jam University” to train with “Monster Jam World Final” champion, Tom Meents.

“Tom Meents kind of just tossed me in the truck and taught me how to drive.

“I definitely figured out my own driving style over the years and consider myself to be calm, cool and collected.

“It’s controlled chaos and my driving...

Emmaus, Parkland, LV Charter Arts join Bel Canto, Bach Choir in ‘Choirs Festival’

Friday, February 22, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

More than 200 young voices join the renowned singers of Bach Choir of Bethlehem in a concert geared for families, 3 p.m. Feb. 24, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

The “Family Concert: Youth Choirs Festival” features the Bach Choir’s Bel Canto Youth Chorus with the Bach Choir and members of The Bach Festival Orchestra, as well as members of three high school choruses, all under the direction of Bach Choir Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld, in...

Theater Review: Civic’s ‘Noises Off’ gets the laughter on

Friday, February 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s production of “Noises Off,” through Feb. 24 at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown, is a madcap romp through the clichés of farcical comedy and slapstick, with some very inventive twists.

In each of the three acts of “Noises Off,” cast members perform the first act of a play-within-the play, a sex farce titled “Nothing On.”

No chance to get bored, though. The audience views each Act One from a different perspective: onstage rehearsal, backstage...

50th anniversary of United States landing man on the moon inspires Allentown Symphony Orchestra ‘Family Concert’

Friday, February 22, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The heavens as inspiration for composers has, in turn, inspired the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO) concert, 2 p.m. Feb. 23, celebrating United States’ space exploration and the 50th anniversary of NASA’s man-on-the-moon landing.

“ASO Family Concert presents: To The Moon And Back” embraces “one giant leap for mankind” as the orchestra mixes classical music with movie soundtrack music, says Diane Wittry, ASO Music Director and Conductor.

“It’s a very eclectic program with...

Pa. Shakespeare names new education director

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), the professional theater at DeSales University, has announced the appointment of Anelise Diaz as the new Education Director.

Diaz will spearhead Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s educational programming, including the administration and project management of the Festival’s fall WillPower Tour, an annual Shakespeare competition for high school students, and coordinating student group visits to the Festival during the summer performance season...

Student Poetry Project now accepting entries

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 14th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 17 and April 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

Readers Pick the Oscar Winners Entry Form

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 91th Academy Awards.

LEADING ACTOR

- Christian Bale,

“Vice”

- Bradley Cooper,

“A Star Is Born”

- Willem Dafoe,

“At Eternity’s Gate”

- Rami Malek,

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

- Viggo Mortensen,

“Green Book”

LEADING ACTRESS

- Yalitza Aparicio,

“Roma”

- Glenn Close,

“The Wife...