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Sandberg brings a wealth of talent to ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Steve Sandberg Quartet visits the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. April 5, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Sandberg is a three-time Grammy Award-winning composer and a pianist with a wealth of experience in a variety of music genres.

He’s joined by Rob Thomas, violin; Michael O’Brien, bass, and Mauricio Zottarelli, drums.

Says Sandberg, “Everyone in the band is a virtuoso.”

Sandberg grew up in Brooklyn and began classical piano...

Dieruff: ‘Once on This Island’

Friday, April 5, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Once on This Island” brings the tropics to the stage, 7 p.m. April 25, 26, and 2 and 7 p.m. April 27, auditorium, Dieruff High School, 815 N. Irving St., Allentown.

Based on the novel “My Love, My Love: or, The Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy, the musical tells the story of a kind-hearted peasant girl living on a Caribbean island and her attempts to bring different social classes together through the power of love.

“This is a production you will not want to miss,” says Sarah...

Sinfonia says hello Dali in first-ever collaboration

Friday, April 5, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The renowned Dali Quartet accompanies the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra in the ensembles’ first-ever collaboration, “Dazzling Dalí,” 7:30 p.m. April 6, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown.

It is the first time the two organizations have worked together, according to Bethlehem native and Dali first violinist Domenic Salerni.

The Sinfonia, conducted by Sinfonia Music Director Allan Birney, welcomes the Philadelphia quartet as featured...

Beauty and power: A Verdi ‘Requiem’ for Allentown Symphony, Chorus, soloists, Muhlenberg College Choir

Friday, March 29, 2019 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Verdi’s “Requiem” is a piece of mammoth proportions and power and stunning beauty.

Some people refer to it as Verdi’s concert opera, where the four vocal soloists sing aria-type solos contrasted with ensemble and chorus sections. It is some of his best musical writing and a piece that has, through the passing of the years, become even more beloved by all who hear it.

It is hard to put into words the genius of this music. The text is drawn from the Catholic “Funeral Mass” and...

Curtain Rises: Civic 2019-20 season reveals ‘Spamalot,’ ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre has announced its 2019-2020 season. However, as with theater companies across the country, theater officials were initially restricted from revealing two musicals that were uncertain at the time of the announcement.

The two shows for Civic’s season are two well-known musicals, which, it was thought, may or may not be on national tour or presented at another regional theater.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Ross Sanders teased those at the March 15 season...

Growing Green: Tips

Friday, March 29, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

It’s 16-feet-long, 4-feet-wide, and brimming with yellow marsh marigolds: A display that gladdens the heart of gardeners and passers-by alike.

What’s even more uplifting is the example this flowerbed makes.

It shows for all to see that gardening can continue as a lifetime pleasure regardless of age or illness.

How so? Because this garden plot is planted waist-high in the bed of an old farm wagon.

Raised beds such as a wagon garden make it possible for someone who...

Whitehall: ‘Mamma Mia!’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Mamma Mia!” brings romance to the stage while featuring classic Abba hits at 7 p.m. April 4, 5, 6, and 2 p.m. April 7, auditorium, Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall.

Set on a Greek island, a young bride-to-be invites three men from her mother’s past to her wedding without consulting mom. She is determined to find out which one of them is her father, so she can ask him to walk her down the aisle.

Monique Haney directs the Whitehall production, assisted...


Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Boyer, of Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie, to Tyler Andrews, son of Michael Andrews and Tracy Andrews, of Emmaus.

The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Pine Grove Area High School and a 2013 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Lebanon County.

She is a Pre-K Counts teacher with Community Services for Children, Allentown.

Her fiance is a 2008 graduate of Emmaus High School and a 2010 graduate...


Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 2019 Freddy Awards at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

The 17th annual Freddys recognize accomplishments in musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Warren County, N.J.

The list of the 30 schools participating in the 2019 Freddy Awards, along...