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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Beethoven ‘Times’ with the Symphony

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“Da-Da-Da .. Dah ... “

Four famous notes open Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony,” considered to be one of the great classical music works of all time.

The story behind the masterpiece and the life of Beethoven are explored in the touring family production, “The Life and Times of Beethoven,” in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Family Series,” 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Northampton Area HS grad conducts Singing Sergeants

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Air Force Technical Sergeant Taylor Armstrong, a Northampton Area High School graduate, conducts the The Singing Sergeants, official chorus of the United States Air Force.

The Singing Sergeants will perform patriotic tunes and beloved classics, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown.

The Singing Sergeants were originally a men’s chorus when founded in 1945 from the rank and file of the Army Air Forces Band, and became the first military chorus to include female members in 1973. There are 23 in the Sergeants ensemble.

Healthy: ginger

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Is ginger really good for nausea or is this an old wive’s tale?

Ginger is an underground stem that is beige, thick and knotted. The stem extends roughly one foot above ground with long, narrow, ribbed, green leaves, and white or yellowish-green flowers. The underground stems of the ginger plant are used for cooking and medicinal purposes. In Asia, ginger is used to treat stomachaches, nausea, and diarrhea. Ginger extract is found in many dietary supplements sold in the United States for digestive ailments.

Readers Pick

Thursday, February 22, 2018 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 90th Academy Awards.


- “Darkest Hour”

- “Dunkirk”

- “Phantom Thread”

- “Get Out”

- “The Post”

- “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

- “The Shape of Water”

- “Lady Bird”

- “Call Me by Your Name”


- Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

- Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

- Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

- Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Review: ‘Showman’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Greatest Showman” puts on quite a show. It’s a movie made for Broadway.

While not billed as a movie musical per se, that’s indeed what “The Greatest Showman” is, thanks to the Oscar-winning (“City Of Stars”) song-lyricist team of “La La Land” (six Oscars, 2016) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are Oscar-nominated, original song, “This Is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman,” among their 10 outstanding original songs in the movie.

From its opening scenes, “The Greatest Showman” is a nearly all-singing, all-dancing, old-fashioned movie musical.


Thursday, February 22, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Wesley and Fern Landis of Alburtis celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Feb. 14.

Fern is the daughter of the late Walter and Lillie Moyer.

Wesley is the son of the late Warren and Florence Landis.

The couple was married Feb. 14, 1948, in Zion Lehigh Church, Alburtis, by the Rev. William O. Wolford.

They have three children: Phillip, and his wife Jean Landis, of Shrewsbury, York County; Dawn, and her husband James Bender, of Three Springs, Huntingdon County, and Craig, and his wife Donna Landis, of Red Lion, York County.

They have six grandchildren.

Northwestern: ‘High School Musical’

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Northwestern Lehigh High School presents “High School Musical” with music and lyrics by Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil, Ray and Greg Cham, Drew Seeley, Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, Andy Dodd, Adam Watts, Bryan Louiselle, David N. Lawrence, Faye Greenberg and Jamie Houston. The book is by David Simpatico. It’s based on the 2006 Disney Channel movie of the same title.

The show is at 7 p.m. March 1, 2, 3 and 2 p.m. March 4, auditorium, Northwestern Lehigh Middle School, 6636 Northwest Road, New Tripoli.

Moving ‘Pictures’: ASO to accompany animated film in East Coast premiere

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Art inspiring music, inspiring more music, which inspired more art. Sounds like a tongue-twister, or a lesson in cause and effect.

It all started in 1874 with a gallery exhibition of the drawings and paintings of Victor Hartman, an artist and architect who was a good friend of the Russian composer, Modest Mussorgsky.

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Feb. 21: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.

Thursday, Feb. 22: Pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple.

Friday, Feb. 23: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, vegetable medley, pineapples.

Monday, Feb. 26: Chicken a la king, whole wheat pasta, carrots, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, Feb. 27: Three cheese ziti with meatballs, spinach, fresh fruit.

Wednesday, Feb. 28: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana.