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Saturday, July 22, 2017

El Sistema Lehigh Valley concludes school year

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV) students presented a year-end concert June 8 in Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Program director Norma Nunez, now in her second year, led the concert of elementary and middle school students in the Vivaldi String Ensemble, Stravinsky String Ensemble, and the Mozart String Ensemble. Middle school students, who make up the Fellowship of the Strings, performed. Students from all levels participated in the El Sistema Lehigh Valley Choir. A first-time performance was presented by the ESLV Parents Ensemble.

‘Despicable Me 3’

Friday, July 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Despicable Me 3” isn’t so much despicable as bland.

This time, Steven Carell gets to voice two characters of the film’s title, the original “Despicable Me,” Gru, and now his twin brother, Dru.

The saving grace in the third of the “Despicable” series (“DM2,” 2012, and the original “Despicable Me,” 2010) are, of course, the Minions, those one and two goggle-eyed, blue denim bib overall-wearing, yellow vitamin capsule looking, nonsense-spouting characters.

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Times “Three”:“Ken [Ludwig] is giving this beautiful tale of ‘The Three Musketeers’ a new polish with exciting new scenes,” says Rick Sordelet, director of the swashbuckling romp, through Aug. 6, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Tony Award-winning playwright Ludwig wrote the adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel. Ludwig, above, made a rare visit to one of his plays in pre-production when he was on campus at DeSales University, Center Valley, the first day of rehearsal. “The PSF audience will be the first to see the fresh take he’s created,” says Sordelet.

Theater Review: ‘All for one’ in ‘The Three Musketeers’ at PSF

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Three Musketeers” mantra of “All for one, and one for all” sums up the sword-wielding comedy-drama at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), through Aug. 6, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The show’s full title, “Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers Adapted From The Novel by Alexandre Dumas,” underscores the “one for all” approach to the material, staging, acting and direction. The July 12 opening night performance of “The Three Musketeers” was seen for this review.

‘Cirque It!’ City: Touchstone packs a ‘Punch’ for ‘Jakopa’s Processional’ along Bethlehem Greenway

Friday, July 14, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Touchstone Artistic Director JP Jordan was in Peru when he first decided to create the Jakopa’s Punch Band.

“I was in Peru when I got word that David Bowie had passed,” Jordan explains, “and I was told that The Lesson Center planned to host a benefit for leukemia patients in honor of Bowie.

“Now, I didn’t have a band at the time, but I asked if I could play a set if I could pull a band together in time, and they said sure. So we ended up getting together this group of musicians.”

The name of the band stems from Jordan asking his niece what she thought “JP” stood for.