Eduardo Azzati, artist-lecturer in voice and conducting in the Moravian College Music Department, has been chosen director of the new Allentown Symphony Chorus. Azzati, a member of the music faculty at Moravian since 2005, is director of the college's Women's Chorus.
Azzati is working with Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director Diane Wittry and Donna Fritchey, ASO Operations Manager, on a four-year plan that includes Mozart's "Requiem," Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Orff's "Carmina Burana" and Vaughan-Williams' "Sea Symphony."
A reception for "2013 Senior Thesis Exhibition," opening May 1 and continuing through May 19, is 4:30 - 6 p.m. Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400, Chew St., Allentown.
The exhibition includes paintings, digital photography, print-making, sculpture and drawings by Muhlenberg College art majors Nina Marie Corona, Tori Kline, Mancy R. Maxwell, Jesse Nusbaum, Amy Elizabeth Osika and Lowell Wynn.
The students' work is the culmination of meeting requirements of a two-semester senior seminar course in studio art.
"Art Without Limits" scrolled in white letters amid a blue sky on the Mayfair Festival of the Arts 2013 poster is like cloud-based graffiti spelling out a prediction from above for great art, great weather, and a great future for Mayfair Festival in its new home on the grounds around the Agri-Plex Hall at the western end of the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th, Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown.
@Body.8 Days Head:CIVIC THEATRE OF ALLENTOWN
@Body.8 Days:527 N. 19th St., Allentown. civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943
"The Place Beyond the Pines," 4:45 p.m. April 24; 4:45, 7:30 p.m. April 25, Theatre514
"The Company You Keep" 5, 8 p.m. April 26; 2, 5, 8 p.m. April 27; 1, 4, 7 p.m. April 28; 4:45, 7:30 p.m. April 29 - May 2, Theatre514
"Mad Hot Ballroom," 7:30 p.m. April 24, Theatre514
@Body.8 Days Head:ARTSQUEST CENTER
@Body.8 Days: Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, 101 Founders Way, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. artsquest.org, 610-332-1300
Herbaceous (non-woody) perennial plants add year-round interest to any landscape and are a popular choice of plants among gardeners.
Though thousands of perennials are available, native perennials have a special role in the garden.
By definition, a native Pennsylvania plant is one that grew in Pennsylvania before European settlers arrived, as opposed to exotic plants which came from other countries after that time period.
"Perspective and Windows," an exhibition by photographer John Harry, continues through May 15 in the new gallery in Civic Theatre of Allentown's Theatre514, 514 19th St., Allentown.
Harry, an Allentown resident, is a consultant on the preservation of historic structures. He has been using photography to document old buildings for decades, and only recently began to take gallery exhibition photos.
The exhibit, which features photos of many structures, harks back to the photos he took as a preservation consultant.
"Grease" - "The Sing-A-Long" is 7:30 p.m. May 1, Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
Hosts Joshua Neth and Cheryl Moritz of Allentown Public Theatre will lead attendees in "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightning," "You're the One That I Want" and other songs from the movie.
Prior to the movie, attendees may take part in a "Grease" costume contest with prizes awarded.
Ticket information: 610-297-7100
Pending homes sales were up 20.3 percent from March 2012, while inventory decreased 18.5 percent to 3,240 units, according to information provided by the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors (LVAR).
The average sales price rose slightly by1.5 percent to $182,491.
Homes remained on the market an average of 82 days, a decrease of 15.5 percent.
Absorption rates improved as the month's supply of inventory was down 29.5 percent to 6.2 months.
New listings decreased 5 percent to 1,005.
The Allentown Band, under the direction of Ronald Demkee, accompanied by Jane Knotek, Director of Music Ministry at Zion's UCC on the C.E. Haskell-Fritsche pipe organ, presents a concert to benefit the Liberty Bell Museum, 3 p.m. April 28, Zion UCC Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
The first half of the concert features pieces from operas composed by Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. The second half features contemporary American music composed by Morton Gould and concludes with works by John Phillip Sousa.
The refurbished organ had its 100th anniversary in 2012.