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Sunday, March 18, 2018

‘Abba Mania’ back at State

Friday, February 2, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Grab your platform shoes and head to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, for “Abba Mania,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

“We have a real authenticity and a real love for the original music so there is real energy,” says Tamsin Stewart in a phone interview.

“Some people just go through the motions, but we pride ourselves in constantly trying to make it better and keeping it fresh. It may be the 757th time I’ve sang a song, but for each audience it could be their first so it’s important to make it special. We are really proud of our success.”

Puttin’ on the dance: ASO Pops concert brings ‘Ritz’ to stage

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Dancing and Romancing,” a celebration of many timeless classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Broadway, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Allentown Symphony Pops Orchestra, conducted by ASO Associate Conductor Ronald Demkee, will perform a romantic and entertaining evening of song and dance with two veterans of the Broadway stage, Joan Hess and Kirby Ward, performing routines inspired by Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers and Eleanor Powell, including “Puttin’ On The Ritz,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and “Cheek to Cheek.”

She creates ‘Christmas Portrait’ of Karen Carpenter

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas” brings holiday hits of the season to the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Vocalist Michelle Berting Brett and her seven-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe, perform songs from Karen and Richard Carpenters’ two Christmas albums and some of their iconic hit singles.

Karen Carpenter (1950 - 1983) died more than three decades ago, but the pop music she made with her brother is still popular.

The Tenors of the season

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The Ten Tenors is back in the United States for its December holiday tour, which includes a concert, “The Ten Tenors: Home For The Holidays,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The Meistersingers of Southern Lehigh High School open the concert.

Following 20 years of sold-out performances across the globe, the vocal group’s 18-date tour of the East and Midwest has “pure electricity and undeniable drama,” according to the Los Angeles Times. With more than 2,000 headliner concerts, The Ten Tenors is Australia’s premier classical-crossover vocalists.

Oak Ridge Boys bring the gospel of country to State Theatre

Friday, September 8, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

When the Oak Ridge Boys got back together, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

“We sat down face-to-face and did it individually and we decided as a first step, let’s renew our friendship, And we did,” says Richard Sterban, The Oaks’ bass singer.

“We asked each other for forgiveness. And we did. We got together and sang one day and I’ll tell you, there was not a dry eye among the four of us.”

The Oak Ridge Boys, with one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in music, performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.

The Voices: Pentatonix a cappella sound to ring out at Allentown Fair

Friday, August 25, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

In just five years, Pentatonix has sold more than six million albums in the United States alone and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at sold-out shows around the world.

The five-some, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Moldanodo, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, got its start after appearing on the reality TV competition show, “The Sing-Off,” devoted solely to a cappella groups. Pentatonix won the competition and was awarded $200,000 and a recording contract.

Live concert

Friday, August 18, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

On their 25th anniversary tour and after a seven-year hiatus, Live impressed its fans with a performance of undeniable camaraderie at on the Sands Steel Stage Aug. 7 at Musikfest, Bethlehem.

As the concert began, the stage was backdropped with white lights that spelled out the name, “Live,” and flashing red lights as energetic passion exploded from lead singer Ed Kowalczyk when he sang “All Over You.”

Live is back, live at Musikfest, with original lineup

Friday, August 4, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The recently reunited Live, on its 25th anniversary “The Reunion World Tour,” joins the Musikfest headliner lineup at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Black Pistol Fire opens the show.

Live, a multi-platinum alternative rock band from York, Pennsylvania, consisting of Ed Kowalczyk, vocals-guitar; Chad Taylor, guitar-backing vocals; Patrick Dalheimer, bass, and Chad Gracey, drums-percussion, has sold more than 22 million albums and charted two No. 1 albums, “Throwing Copper” and “Secret Samadhi.”

‘Little Prince’ to land on Allentown stage

Friday, April 28, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“The Little Prince,” with actors and puppeteers sharing the stage, will be presented in the “Family Series: Live Musical Theatre,” 2 p.m. April 29, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Antione de St. Exupery classic children’s book about a pilot whose plane crashes in the Sahara Desert and gains insight into love, loss and laughter through the eyes of The Little Prince, is brought to the stage by Swazzle, a Glendale, Calif.,-based puppet company founded in 2004 by twin brothers Sean and Patrick Johnson.