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Night on the Town: Wonderground digs that indie rock

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The name Wonderground evokes a 1960s’ vibe of The Beatles, Kinks and Zombies.

That’s exactly what Jason Adams and the members of Wonderground intend.

When asked to describe Wonderground’s sound, Adams says it’s “psychedelic soul progressive indie rock.”

True to that description, Adams lists the music groups and music artists influencing Wonderground as including Miles Davis, Zombies, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, and the Kinks.

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From Parkettes to Cirque du Soleil for former LV gymnast

Monday, July 22, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna” makes its Philadelphia region premiere under the big top, July 24-Aug. 25, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks.

Allentown native and gymnast Alix Croop performs in “Amaluna.”

“Amaluna,” written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, blends Greek and Norse mythology, William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute” in a production that has a cast almost entirely of women.

It’s the third Cirque du Soleil...

Movie Review: ‘Yesterday’ never knows

Monday, July 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The film title, “Yesterday,” is ironic.

The film is about a today when the only person who seems to remember The Beatles and knows the Fab Four’s songs is down-on-his luck folksinger Jack Malik (Himesh Patel). When Jack plays his own original songs, he’s used to performing for one person at a beachside gig, a few friends at a pub and gets by with a little help from his daytime job at a retail discount warehouse store. Jack begins playing Beatles’ songs. He becomes a one-man Beatles’...

Silver Jubilee: A ‘Season of Celebration’ for Conductor Diane Wittry in her 25th anniversary year with the Allentown Symphony

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

quarter of a century is a significant milestone: a silver jubilee.

For Diane Wittry, her 25 years as Allentown Symphony Orcestra Music Director and Conductor will be celebrated all-season-long in 2019-2020. It’s a “Season of Celebration.”

During Wittry’s 25 seasons of artistic leadership, the Allentown Symphony has risen to increasing standards of excellence, performing with passion and dedication and honored nationally with the prestigious “American Prize” for artistic quality...

Theater Review: ‘Anything Goes’ is the top at MSMT

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “Anything Goes,” through July 28, Dorothy Hess Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, is exquisite.

From the bright, brassy, intense nine-piece orchestra conducted by Music Director Bryan L. Wade; to the classy, sassy tap-lines, of Choreographer Shelley Oliver; to the charming ocean liner set, which opens up like a pop-up book, by Scenic Designer John Raley, combined with Lighting...

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Friday, July 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Counter Culture tenor: Art Garfunkel is in concert, 8 p.m. July 24, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. The New York Times described Garfunkel as a “beautiful countertenor.” Garfunkel is best-known as one half of 1960s’ counter culture folk-rock group, Simon & Garfunkel. Highlights of Garfunkel’s solo music career include a Top 10 hit, three Top 20 hits, six Top 40 hits, 14 Adult Contemporary Top 30 singles and five Adult Contemporary No. 1 hits. Through his solo and collaborative...

Theater Review: ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ conflicted loyalties at PSF

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of William Shakespeare’s “Antony & Cleopatra,” through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is big, sprawling and grand.

The drama, believed to have been first performed in 1607 possibly at the Globe Theatre, by Shakespeare’s troupe, the King’s Men, is a hybrid in the Shakespeare canon of a history play, a tragedy and a problem play.

One thing “Antony & Cleopatra” is not: It...

Night on the Town: Wonderground digs that idie rock

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The name Wonderground evokes a 1960s’ vibe of The Beatles, Kinks and Zombies.

That’s exactly what Jason Adams and the members of Wonderground intend.

When asked to describe Wonderground’s sound, Adams says it’s “psychedelic soul progressive indie rock.”

True to that description, Adams lists the music groups and music artists influencing Wonderground as including Miles Davis, Zombies, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, and the Kinks.

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Baroque concert

Friday, July 19, 2019 by The Press in Focus

VALLEY VIVALDI:

“Valley Vivaldi” continues at 7 p.m. July 21, Wesley Church, Bethlehem. The concert theme is baroque music.

The program is: Locatell, “Concerto in C minor for Strings,” Op. 1, No. 11; Corelli. “Trio Sonata in D for Two Violins,” Op. 1, No. 12; Leclair, “Deuxième Récréation de Musique” for two flutes; Vivaldi, “Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro,” RV 169, and J. S. Bach, “Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G,” BWV 1049.

The musicians include: Robin Kani, flute; Susan...

World-class photos at Theatre514 Gallery

Friday, July 19, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Globetrotting fine-art photographer Jacqueline M. Lewis has 27 images from her 25 years of travels in “A Passport to World Heritage Sites,” through through July 31, Theatre514 Gallery, Civic Theatre of Allentown.

Lewis spent the greater part of two years going through her photographs, researching the sites and editing the information that accompanies each image. She believes the pictures and text in the series can serve as an “educational social studies tool.”

The award-winning...