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Monday, December 9, 2019

Bel Canto concert theme peace for holiday season

Friday, December 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

In addition to the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Dec. 7 and 8 concerts, Bel Canto, the youth choir affiliated with the Bach Choir, is holding its winter concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 7, St. John Windish Church, Bethlehem.

“Patrons can do a double-header,” says Joy Hirokawa, Bel Canto director. “The can go to the Bel Canto concert at 2, go out to dinner and then go to the Bach Choir concert.”

Hirokawa says Bel Canto’s program is eclectic and she’s very excited about it.

She says one...

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Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Christmas Bach: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s annual Christmas Concerts, with Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld, joined by members of the Bach Festival Orchestra and soloists, presents J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” which the choir first performed in 1903, and, for the first time, the choir performs G. F. Handel’s “Messiah,” Part One, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Crest and Tilghman streets, Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church, 2344 Center St.,...

Christmas tree inspires book

Friday, December 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Have you ever gone to the Christmas tree farm and cut down a tree, only to find when you got it home, there was a little eight-legged stowaway among the branches?

Erin Ferguson and her two daughters have. “We’ve been cutting down live trees for years and we always got a spider in our Christmas tree,” Ferguson says.

“One year, we named one Earl and joked about it all season. He became a part of our family and it started a yearly Christmas tradition of welcoming Earl back into...

‘Messiah’ meets ‘Magnificat’ is a first for Bach Choir of Bethlehem concert

Friday, December 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s a performance not to be missed.

And you will have two opportunties to experience it.

For the first time in the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s 122-year history, the renowned singers are performing Handel’s “Messiah.”

The first part of the monumental choral masterpiece will be performed along with Bach’s “Magnificat” at the Bach Choir’s Christmas concerts Dec. 7 and 8 in Allentown and Bethlehem.

The three-part oratorio about the life of Christ is a beloved holiday...

Movie Review: Grumpy old gangsters

Sunday, December 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Apart from being an intriguing yarn about mobsters, labor unions and United States political conspiracy theories, “The Irishman” is a character study about some real characters, actual and fictional.

It’s also a cinematic reunion of some of the greatest actors of a generation in the past five decades.

“The Irishman” is a particularly Pennsylvania story.

Director Martin Scorsese brings together Robert De Niro as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (1920 - 2003), a high-ranking...

Once in a lifetime: Whitehall artist receives national exhibit top prize

Friday, November 29, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Douglas Wiltraut has received the Robert Sanstrom Prize, a Gold Medal, and $5,000, as an honorarium, for his painting, “Fading Away” (2018, egg tempera on panel, 22 in. x 33 in.) at the 65th Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic (NSPCA) held at the Salmagundi Club, New York City.

The organization was founded in the 1950s and the society’s top prize, named for Robert Sanstrom, can only be received once in an artist’s lifetime. Sanstrom was an...

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Friday, November 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV Zoo lights “Winter Lights”: The sixth annual “Christmas Décor Winter Light Spectacular” continues through Dec. 29, Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville. In addition to 1.2 million lights, said to be more than that at any other holiday lights attraction in Pennsylvania, there are a pair of reindeer, holiday scenes, performances, interactions with characters, fire pits and hot chocolate. Proceeds from the event support conservation projects and programs at Lehigh Valley...

St. Luke’s athletic trainer a 2020 Olympic hopeful

Friday, November 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Time is closing in on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, and St. Luke’s athletic trainer Jillian Seamon knows it.

Seamon, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, an athletic trainer working at the Parkettes National Gymnastics Center, Allentown, transitioned to the new St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance Center, Union Boulevard, Allentown, when it opened Nov. 23.

And while serving as an athletic trainer for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympic Games surely would be a dream, Seamon, 29, has...

Respectfully Yours: Gift card acceptable present for holidays

Friday, November 29, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’m trying to get a head start on my holiday planning. I’m debating whether or not to give gift cards as holiday presents this year. I would like to know if giving a gift card is too impersonal.

Dear Reader,

Gift certificates have a reputation for being unthoughtful, but they can be great choices because they allow the recipient the freedom to choose his or her own gift. Whenever you give someone a gift card, you thought of that person and were generous...

Healthy Geezer: Three questions from the email bag

Friday, November 29, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My brother-in-law is getting a defibrillator. How is that different from a pacemaker?

An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and a pacemaker are battery-powered devices installed in the chest to deliver electrical impulses to the heart. In general, a pacemaker is used when the heart beats too slowly; an ICD is used when the heart beats too quickly.

Pacemakers jog the heart with mild reminders that patients usually can’t feel. Pacemakers are small; some are only as...