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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Concert Review: 112th Bach Festival of Bethlehem has many memorable moments

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

They come for the “Mass,” but they stay for the cantatas, world premieres, instrumental works and events.

The 112th Bach Festival of Bethlehem, which continues May 17 and 18, ran the gamut of emotions, from somber reflection, to fascinating scholarship, to wonderful new works, to exciting soloists and instrumentalists to, yes, the grandeur of J.S. Bach’s “Mass in B Minor.”

There’s so much to take in at the Bach Festival, that a review cannot truly do it justice. Even so, there are moments to remember from the May 10 and 11 performances and events.

Movie Review: ‘Endgame,’ or is it?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It is called “Avengers: Endgame.”

To quote the rock band, The Who, “Don’t get fooled again.”

There will be plenty more to see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though some of the main characters may be gone.

At the risk of being attacked by “Avengers” fans, we say no more.

Fans will relish “Avengers: Endgame” for its panoply of Marvel characters, quippy dialogue between characters, and huge action scenes, especially a concluding battle that recreates an armageddon of Biblical proportions.

On the road to Bethlehem for the Bach Festival in May

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Another May. Another ‘Mass.’”

So observed David R. Umla, of Allentown, who has sung J. S. Bach’s “Mass In B Minor” in the Bass I section of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem for two decades since the 1998-1999 season.

“It’s like coming home,” said Umla, standing outside Packer Memorial Church on the Lehigh University campus in Bethlehem between sessions of the “Mass,” presented in two parts on the afternoon of May 11 for the 112th Bach Festival.

“It never gets old,” continued Umla. “I could sing it every weekend.”

Foghat brings its blues-rock to Penn’s Peak

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Foghat with Savoy Brown and Earl & The Agitators All-Star Band, take the stage May 18 at Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. The concert starts at 7 p.m.

Dubbed the “Kings of Boogie,” Foghat’s sound mixes blues, hard rock and boogie.

Delighting long-time fans, and youths who play “Guitar Hero III,” a videogame that features the group’s big hit, “Slow Ride,” Foghat continues to release new music every few years and has never stopped touring or recording even though the group has had many ups and downs

Movie Review: ‘Endgame,’ or is it?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It is called “Avengers: Endgame.”

To quote the rock band, The Who, “Don’t get fooled again.”

There will be plenty more to see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though some of the main characters may be gone.

At the risk of being attacked by “Avengers” fans, we say no more.

Fans will relish “Avengers: Endgame” for its panoply of Marvel characters, quippy dialogue between characters, and huge action scenes, especially a concluding battle that recreates an armageddon of Biblical proportions.

Theater Review: ‘Fun Home’ astounding visit at Civic

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Fun Home,” the tragicomic musical through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, is an astounding piece dramatic art.

The winner of five Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 2015, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, tells the story of a young girl’s dysfunctional family in an extremely innovative and heart-rending way.

2019 BACH FESTIVAL

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The 112th Bethlehem Bach Festival. Tickets: bach.org; 610-866-4382

Directions, parking: bach.org/directions-parking/

Friday, May 10, 17

Bach Outdoors: Festival Brass Choir, Bach Festival Orchestra principal violist Paul Miller, electric violin, noon, Payrow Plaza, Bethlehem City Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem. Free

Distinguished Scholar Lecture: Dr. Michael Marissen: “Significance of Calov Bible,” 2 p.m., Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Lehigh University, Bethlehem. Free.

The Family Project: Teen daughter stress

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I often hear my teenage daughter and her friends talking about all the stress they are under. Sometimes I even hear them crying together. When I ask them if everything is OK, they change the subject, start laughing or simply say, “Nothing.” Why are teens under so much stress, and how can parents help?

The panel agreed that teens are under a lot of stress from school work, sports, social activities and the like.

Cell phones, along with the need to multitask, were named as contributors to stress.

Healthy Geezer: Fructose intolerance

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Fruit juices give me a stomach ache. Do you think I’m allergic to them?

I never diagnose because I’m not a physician. I’m just a journalist. If you have a problem digesting fruit juices and this is getting in your way, you should get a medical check-up.

Meanwhile, you might want to keep a diary of the food you eat. This can be the first stope to isolate foods that are giving you digestion problems. The intensity of your reaction can help determine whether you are allergic to certain foods or are suffering from a food intolerance.