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Getting their Irish up

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

On the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin Irish Dance brings to life an epic tale of Irish immigration to the United States with an all-star cast of Celtic dancers performing to traditional Irish music and song at 7:30 p.m. March 9 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Members of the cast have performed with such hit Irish dance and music productions as “Riverdance,” Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance,” and “Celtic Woman.”

Ryan O’Shaughnessy, 27, lead dancer...


Saturday, March 10, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Irish steps: Dublin Irish Dance, 7:30 p.m. March 9, State Theatre Center for the Arts, is an accomplished dance troupe of Irish step dancers and an eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalist. The troupe’s members have performed throughout the world with “Riverdance,” Michael Flatley’s ”Lord of the Dance,” and “Celtic Woman.” With favorite Irish melodies, traditional steps and Celtic instrumentals, Dublin Irish Dance’s production of “Stepping Out,” above, tells the story of Irish...

State a Fab Faux favorite

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux, has developed a fiercely devoted cult following in the Lehigh Valley and the United States over the years.

“We are grateful for our fans,” says Fab Faux drummer-lead singer Rich Pagano, “We have a lot of Beatles’ fans, but we also have a lot of music fans.”

The Fab Faux returns to one of the group’s favorite venues, the State Theatre Center for the Arts, at 8 p.m. March 10.

“This theater is one of our most favorite places,” says Pagano...

Tickets on sale for 8th annual Monster Energy Carolina

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Presents are bringing a diverse music lineup to the 8th annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, May 4, 5 and 6, Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.

The lineup includes critically-acclaimed, multiplatinum artists and up-and-coming talent, including: Muse (in their first announced, and only American festival performance of 2018), Queens of the Stone Age, Alice In Chains, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack (...

You can ‘Ask’ Ophira Eisenberg more than ‘Another’

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Behind the scenes of your favorite game show, local pub trivia night, board game and puzzle page, lurk a team of freelance professional game writers. They often don’t have a public byline, yet they are the anonymous beating heart of every popular quiz show, word-game and riddle challenge imaginable.

These crafty and clever masters of pun and subtle wit don many hats including: researcher, historian, pop-culture junkie, number-cruncher, joke writer and wordsmith. It takes an inimitable...

Composition contest winners to be pictured in ASO concerts

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

As Music Director and Conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, I am always looking for new projects we can do and ways that we can partner with other arts organizations in the Lehigh Valley.

Creating new music for today’s audiences is one of my passions, and is one way that we can reflect our times and leave a legacy of music for future generations.

It is challenging for composers today to have their works performed by a symphony orchestra, and so we created the 2018...

A relevant ‘Line’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“With what’s going on in today’s society, with the ‘me too’ movement, ‘A Chorus Line’ is as relevant as ever,” says Makayla McIntosh, who plays Vicky in the touring cast of the Tony Award-winning musical, “A Chorus Line.”

“We honor the story of women speaking out, of people who haven’t been heard opening up and telling their truth,” she says. “It is healing and brings us all together.”

McIntosh and the rest of the cast bring the story of the unsung, unheard heroes of musical...

SAUCON VALLEY: ‘The Music Man’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The Saucon Valley High School theater department parades onstage with “The Music Man ” where con-artist “Professor” Harold Hill’s scheme to bilk a small Midwestern town gets complicated when he meets Marian the librarian.

Curtain times are 7 p.m. March 8, 9, 10 and 2 p.m. March 11, auditorium, Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown.

Chad A. Miller is producer, director and vocal director, assisted by assistant director-choreographer Kimberly Tassinaro,...