Parkland Press

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Family Project: Kindergarten

Friday, March 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son transferred from three days a week of preschool to a full week of kindergarten. I understand the advantages of a head start in reading and math skills, but he comes home from school exhausted and worn out. I am wondering if this schedule is worth it.

While children may become fatigued after attending kindergarten all week, the panel explained that the students do adjust, usually within five or six months.

Panelist Erin Stalsitz said the age cutoff date for admission...

Allentown Band returns to Carnegie Hall

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Allentown Band performs the “Showcase Concert” at the New York International Music Festival presented by World Projects, 8 p.m. April 16, Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Dutch composer Johan de Meij wiill conduct the Allentown Band for his composition, “Pennsylvania Faux Songs,” commissioned by the Allentown Band for its 190th anniversary.

The one-movement suite includes five “Folk songs Pennsylvanians forgot to write,” according to the composer: “On the Banks of the...

Thatcher takes it to ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Craig Thatcher Jazz Project performs in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. March 22, Rodale Community Room. Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The concert is sold-out.

Thatcher, an International Clinician-Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, guitar instructor and recording artist, is well-known for his guitar work. Thatcher has performed with a slew of top performers: Simone, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Savoy Brown, the Spencer...

Theater Review: ‘Buyer & Cellar’ tour de force at Civic

Monday, March 18, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Buyer & Cellar,” the one-man show through March 24, Theatre514, Civic Theatre of Allentown, features a highly-creative concept, an immensely funny script, a tour de force performance by Timothy Janovsky, and incredible stagecraft that ties the entire production together in a neat directorial package.

The off-Broadway hit was written by Jonathan Tolins, who was inspired to write his work of fiction after receiving a copy of the coffeetable book, “My Passion for Design,” which...

Umphrey’s McGee at The Peak

Monday, March 18, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins, who handles keyboards and vocals in the progressive rock jam band, looks forward to the 8 p.m. March 21 concert at Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

“Penn’s Peak is one of the most stunningly-beautiful rooms we play,” says Cummins in a phone interview. “Fans can expect a show full of elite performances and inexplicably good times will abound.

“Penn’s Peak always goes off for us because we feel like it’s kind of a secret show for the most diehard of fans...

Movie Review: ‘Free Solo’: a real-life Spider-Man

Monday, March 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Free Solo” is the most astounding film of 2018.

If you haven’t seen “Free Solo,” which received an Oscar for documentary feature at the 2019 Academy Awards, the film is worth seeing in a movie theater on as large a screen as possible.

The film’s producton companies include National Geographic Documentary Films. The film was shown on TV’s National Georgraphic Channel.

The documentary details Alex Honnold’s successful 2017 attempt to be the first person to free-solo climb...

Concert Review: Bach ‘Youth Choirs Festival’ glorious at Zoellner

Monday, March 18, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

More than 200 voices young and old rang out with glorious music during the Bach Choir of Bethehem’s “Youth Choirs Festival” at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Four youth choirs with more than 140 talented young singers joined members of Bach Choir of Bethlehem in a delightful concert of music by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and contemporary composers.

The Bach Choir and members of The Bach Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Artistic Director Greg...

Northampton: ‘Mary Poppins’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Mary Poppins” arrives on the stage at 7 p.m. March 21, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 24, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.

Nanny Mary Poppins flies into the chaotic Banks household in 1910 London. With her multi-talented friend Bert, Mary brings magic and common sense to siblings Jane and Michael Banks, and to their dysfunctional parents as well.

“The musical ‘Mary Poppins’ includes the spectacular story and magic of the original movie, and...

Actress’ mother inspires ‘Neverland’ role

Friday, March 15, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Ruby Gibbs, who plays Sylvia in the national touring production of “Finding Neverland,” says she found her mother as inspiration for the role.

“Finding Neverland” follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, whose sons inspired his classic tale, “Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’ Grow Up.” The musical is based on the movie by David Magee, and the play, “The Man Who Was Peter Pan,” by Allan Knee.

“Finding Neverland” is presented at 7 p.m....