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Jazz with Roper at Miller Symphony Hall

Friday, July 21, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Lehigh Valley jazz legend Dave Roper holds court at Miller Symphony Hall as part of the “Jazz Upstairs” series with the first set kicking off at 7:30 p.m. July 21 in the Rodale Room.

The veteran jazz pianist has been performing in the trio configuration since his graduation from Lafayette College in 1960.

Roper notes, “After Lafayette, rather than look for corporate job, I found I could play piano three or four nights a week with a bass and drummer.” He plays solo piano “on rare occasions.”

His aim is true: ‘Trajectory Heart’ by Thomas Mann pops up in Center City Allentown

Friday, July 21, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Thomas Mann, Penn State Lehigh Valley Artist in Residence for July 2017, is at the heart of several art events throughout the Lehigh Valley this summer. The former Allentown resident and a successful jewelry designer and sculptor moved to New Orleans after attending a jazz fest there in 1977.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, July 19: National hot dog day: cranberry juice, chili dog on a bun, baked beans, macaroni salad, fresh cantaloupe, iced brownie.

Thursday, July 20: Sage stuffed chicken /gravy, seasoned rice, roasted fresh vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, tropical fruit.

Friday, July 21: Apricot nectar, fried haddock sandwich w/ lettuce-tomato-tartar sauce, cole slaw, ambrosia.

Monday, July 24: Orange juice, Italian hoagie, potato chips, “new” summer macaroni salad, fresh pineapple tidbits.

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.