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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sounding Beethoven: with ASO, Eroica Trio, and a Bertoia premiere

Friday, October 20, 2017 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

There has long been a connection between art and music, with one often inspiring the other. Many musicians are also artists and vice-versa.

Years ago, when I first started conducting the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, someone asked me if I had ever heard any of the sound sculptures created by the artist Harry Bertoia. At that point I had not, so they invited me out to Harry’s Barn and Studio in Bally, Berks County, along Route 100, about 15 miles from Allentown.

What I saw were...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, October 20, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Now you see him:Fresh off a television appearance on “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” on the CW Network, iIllusionist David Caserta returns to the State Theatre Center for the Arts with “Haunted Illusions,” 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Caserta performed one of his new illusions, “Cutting,” on the show that aired July 20. Caserta had many goals when he was learning magic at the age of 6. He was able to cross one of them off his list when he performed on “Penn & Teller.” After working relentlessly on...

Late-night comics make it at State

Friday, October 20, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

A comic is said to be on the path of “making it” in showbiz once they have booked a spot on a late-night TV talk show.

During the heyday of the “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” an appearance there could launch a comedian’s career, especially if the legendary talk show host asked the comic to “take the couch” after their set.

At minimum being able to add “As seen on the [such and such TV show]” after one’s name can increase a comedian’s bookings at rooms and provide club...

David Caserta in a magic State

Friday, October 20, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Master illusionist David Caserta brings his “Haunted Illusions” show to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, at 7 p.m. Oct. 21, for a family-friendly Halloween show where he will perform mind-boggling levitations, mysterious disappearances and astonishing feats of magic.

Caserta, who attended Northampton Area High School, says majoring in theater at Muhlenberg College sparked his career, and not only because of its nationally-ranked theater program. The president of...

Review: ‘Blade Runner’

Friday, October 20, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s even rainier in “Blade Runner 2049” than in “Blade Runner” (1982).

That’s not the only difference between “2049,” with the title referring to the year in which the movie’s story takes place in Los Angeles, and the original, which takes place in 2019 in Los Angeles.

“2049” isn’t a sequel in the traditional sense. Yes, Harrison Ford reappears about three-quarters of the way through “2049” as Rick Deckard, living like a recluse Howard Hughes atop an abandoned Las Vegas casino...

THEATER REVIEW:

Friday, October 20, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Acclaimed playwright and director Moss Hart was a product of the Broadway of the 1920s when everything was changing. It was the Jazz Age and in pre-Great Depression New York City theaters were at their peak of popularity, drawing in some 20 million theater-goers a year.

Millionaires were getting in the act with financial backing, and writers and directors were emboldened to explore real issues, and integrate jazz music into their plots. Women’s roles began changing from innocent...

When they’re the Hot Club, they’re hot

Friday, October 20, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

What’s cool and hot at the same time? Easy: The Hot Club of Philadelphia. This ensemble gives a contemporary twist to Gypsy Jazz as part of the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The group traces its origins back to 2001 when guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig created an ensemble dedicated to Gypsy Jazz music of the legendary Hot Club of France Quintet. That group featured jazz legends guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist...

Baum Gala celebrates family ties

Friday, October 20, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Baum School of Art annual Fall Gala honors the Baum Family, who have supported the school since it was founded in 1926 by Walter Emerson Baum.

J. Lawrence “Larry” Grim, Jr. and Kathleen O’Dea will receive recognition. Grim is the grandson of Walter Emerson Baum.

The Gala at The Baum School of Art begins with a silent auction with approximately 70 items and a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. Oct. 21. Dinner, provided by Catering by Karen Hunter, begins at 8 p.m. Attire is black-tie...

Respectfully Yours: A new column

Friday, October 20, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Editor’s Note: Respectfully Yours is a new column on etiquette that will appear in the Focus section of Lehigh Valley Press.

Dear Reader, You might be wondering why I’m here talking about a seemingly outdated topic: etiquette.

However, etiquette has not gone out of fashion even though today it might seem that the word etiquette has lost its power. This is far from the truth. In fact, the concept of etiquette is more relevant than ever. In these times when interpersonal...