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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Friday, March 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Irish steps: Dublin Irish Dance, 7:30 p.m. March 9, State Theatre Center for the Arts, is an accomplished dance troupe of Irish step dancers and an eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalist. The troupe’s members have performed throughout the world with “Riverdance,” Michael Flatley’s ”Lord of the Dance,” and “Celtic Woman.” With favorite Irish melodies, traditional steps and Celtic instrumentals, Dublin Irish Dance’s production of “Stepping Out,” above, tells the story of Irish Immigration to the United States and the evolution of Irish traditional dance and music.

Getting their Irish up

Friday, March 9, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

On the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin Irish Dance brings to life an epic tale of Irish immigration to the United States with an all-star cast of Celtic dancers performing to traditional Irish music and song at 7:30 p.m. March 9 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Members of the cast have performed with such hit Irish dance and music productions as “Riverdance,” Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance,” and “Celtic Woman.”

‘Tavern Nights’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

wolf society:

The Blue Route Blues Band returns March 9 and Pawn Shop Bound, featuring Rick Young, performs April 9 for “Tavern Nights,” Governor Wolf Historical Society, 6600 Jacksonville Road, Bath.

Wine tastings will be available. The concerts are 7-9 p.m. and are BYOB, with free light snacks and soft drinks. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No reservations. A donation is requested. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Information: govwolf.org.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Singular sensation: From the pen of legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning singular sensation, “A Chorus Line” takes over the stage, 4 p.m. April 15 (rescheduled from 7:30 p.m. March 2), State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. Big League Productions’ ”A Chorus Line” features Michael Bennett’s original work restaged by Baayork Lee, director-choreographer, who played Connie Wong in the original 1975 production.

Composition contest winners to be pictured in ASO concerts

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

As Music Director and Conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, I am always looking for new projects we can do and ways that we can partner with other arts organizations in the Lehigh Valley.

Creating new music for today’s audiences is one of my passions, and is one way that we can reflect our times and leave a legacy of music for future generations.

It is challenging for composers today to have their works performed by a symphony orchestra, and so we created the 2018 Composer’s Contest with several age categories to create opportunities for their music to be heard.

A relevant ‘Line’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“With what’s going on in today’s society, with the ‘me too’ movement, ‘A Chorus Line’ is as relevant as ever,” says Makayla McIntosh, who plays Vicky in the touring cast of the Tony Award-winning musical, “A Chorus Line.”

“We honor the story of women speaking out, of people who haven’t been heard opening up and telling their truth,” she says. “It is healing and brings us all together.”