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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Pulling out all the stops: Bach Choir of Bethlehem begins 2018-19 season with Peter Serkin concert

Friday, October 19, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Having a Grammy-Award-winning classical pianist play at the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s opening gala concert resonates personally for Bach Choir artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld.

“As a young man, I would regularly attend concerts in New York City where I had the privilege of hearing Peter Serkin play,” Funfgeld says. “His performance of Beethoven’s ‘Fourth Piano Concerto’ was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life.”

Serkin, the first pianist to receive...

Growing Green: Prevent deer from eating your trees, shrubs, flowers, garden

Friday, October 19, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

The deer population in Pennsylvania is on the rise, and as land development increases, deer are frequently found in areas densely populated by humans.

Deer control is now one of the biggest challenges for home gardeners. Deer are North America’s largest garden pest and they can wreak havoc in the garden.

Deer feast on vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, shrubs and trees. They will graze on leaves, grass, bark, acorns, fruits, nuts, berries, lichens and fungi.

On average, a...

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Friday, October 19, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Jazzy violin: The Sara Caswell Quartet performs 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, “Jazz Upstairs,” Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The quartet is Sara Caswell, violin; Jesse Lewis, guitar; Ike Sturm, bass, and Michael W. Davis, drums. 2018 Grammy nominee Sara Caswell is described as “a brilliant world-class violinist.” Recognized as a “Rising Star” in the DownBeat Magazine Critics and Readers Polls every year since 2013, Caswell has been heard in venues ranging from Jazz at Lincoln...

Healthy Geezer: ‘The New Mood Therapy’

Friday, October 19, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I find myself thinking one sad thought after another and it makes me depressed. Is there anything I can do to stop this?

Everyone gets depressed occasionally, but gloom should not be persistent in your life. Go to your doctor for a checkup. You might need medication or therapy.

The cause of your depression could be a physical illness, life events, personality problems, side effects from drugs or combinations of these elements. Your doctor’s choice...

Treasuring Whitney in ‘Greatest’ tribute

Friday, October 19, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Belinda Davids was 8, she chanced to hear her brother playing one of his LP records which featured the duet “Hold Me” by Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston. The moment would make a lasting impression.

“It was the first time I heard her and I was struck,” Davids says of Houston. “There was something about the purity of her voice.”

Even at that young age, Davids says she also realized she could sing a lot like Houston.

In 2013, Davids beat out 15,000 other hopefuls...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, October 19, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Oct. 17: Marinated chicken, Caesar salad, diced pears, oatmeal cookie.

Thursday, Oct. 18: Creamy Swedish meatballs, wheat pasta, green beans, tropical fruit.

Friday, Oct. 19: Peach glazed pork chops, mashed yams, cauliflower, fresh fruit.

Monday, Oct. 22: Alaskan white fish, brown rice, roasted beets, Mandarin oranges.

Tuesday, Oct. 23: BBQ chicken breast, wheat pasta, roasted carrots, tropical fruit.

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Sara Caswell: Violinist of all genres

Friday, October 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Sara Caswell Quartet brings its contemporary jazz sound to the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Grammy-nominated Caswell says the audience can expect, “A mix of standards with a contemporary feel, reimagined, reworked. I love taking the audience on a journey. I want to give a lot of variety. I never want a performance to be predictable.”

The violinist began her musical studies with the Suzuki method at...

Theater Review: ‘Billy Elliot’ dances to success for Civic reopening

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Billy Elliot The Musical” is a multi-layered show that has a bit of everything: family conflict, single parenthood, politics, labor strife, mentor and student, elder-care problems, boxing and ballet.

It’s an alphabet-soup mix of themes that would challenge any community theater, much less a troupe returning to its main stage for the first time in about a year to open a renovated and restored new space.

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s exuberant production of “Billy Elliot The...

Movie Review: A director is born

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The vagaries of fame and the music business have been covered in story and song many times over.

The Byrds’ “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” (1967) pretty much said it all.

The Rolling Stones weighed in with “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” (1965).

Prominent in the music rags-to-riches story in cinema is, of course, “A Star Is Born”: 1976, starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and directed by Frank Pierson; 1954, Judy Garland and James...