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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

"Hear America": The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents The American Boychoir, above, in "I Hear America Singing," a gala concert and fundraiser, 8 p.m. Nov. 1, Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem. The pre-concert benefactor cocktail reception, dinner and auction takes place in the Hotel Bethlehem Grand Ballroom at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1. The Boychoir fall national tour features classical and world music, including Bach, Mendelssohn, Gershwin and Lennon and McCartney.

Spotlight On: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Yes, they do

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by LISA KOCAY in Focus

If you love watching "So You Think You Can Dance" on your television at home, you can now experience the excitement live, 8 p.m. Nov. 2, Sands Bethlehem Event Center.

"So You Think You Can Dance," a 13-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning show, is on a nationwide tour, making more than 70 stops with season 11's Top 10 dancers.

The tour features the most popular routines from the television season, along with a few original routines.

Movie Review: 'Fury' drives deep into World War II heroism and horrors

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."

- "Fury."

"Fury" is aptly titled. The movie, with a story set in the waning days of World War II, is filled with the fury of battle, the fury of civilization devastation and the fury of human emotions.

The movie's title is taken from the nickname "Fury" painted in a white scrawl on the gun-turret of a Sherman tank.

The storyline in "Fury" is based on the heroism of the United States Army Second Armored Division, dubbed "Hell on Wheels."

Growing Green: Overwintering geraniums avoids frost

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Geraniums are popular bedding plants, blooming from May through frost. However, the first hard frost doesn't have to be the end of your geraniums. They can be overwintered indoors by potting up individual plants, taking cuttings or storing bare-root plants in a cool, dry place. Regardless of the method, the plants should be removed from the garden prior to the first frost.

Allentown Symphony receives national performance award

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by The Press in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Diane Wittry, music director, is the 2014 winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance in the professional orchestra division.

Wittry brings an original programming style, creating innovative concert experiences that excite audiences, stated the contest judges, who noted Wittry "… demonstrates a confidence and finesse in major repertory."

The orchestra was selected from applications reviewed this past summer from across the United States.

Spotlight On: Godfrey's 'Best Medicine' for The Stray Birds

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Stray Birds begins its CD release tour, 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

The trio of classically-trained musicians grew up in Lancaster and boasts an impressive roots-based repertoire of three-part vocal harmonies, banjo and fiddle.

"NPR Music" named the Stray Birds' self-titled 2012 debut "one of the 10 Best Folk-Americana Albums of the Year." The band has performed at the Philadelphia, Kerrville and Falcon Ridge folk festivals.

A haunting you can go along the canal for Halloween

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by DAWN NIXON in Focus

Haunted history comes alive at Hugh Moore Park with the first "Haunted Hugh Moore Park," 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 24, 25, 30 and 31, 220 S. Delaware Drive, Easton.

Halloween-themed activities include a lantern-lit canal path walk, canal boat ride where ghostly stories will be told, pumpkin hunt, pumpkin decorating, and tractor-pulled hayride.

April Andrews, Director of Community Outreach for the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, explains that historical events inspired "Haunted Hugh Moore Park":

You may be 'Haunted' by Caserta's 'Illusions' at State Theatre

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by DAWN NIXON in Focus

The Lehigh Valley's annual Halloween tradition, the "Haunted Illusions" magic show by showman David Caserta, returns at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 to the historic State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

Caserta, a Walnutport native and 1997 Muhlenberg College graduate, created the "Haunted Illusions" magic show nine years ago. He has been touring around the United States with it ever since.

'InterPlay' for all at 'IceHouse Tonight'

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by DAWN NIXON in Focus

Sarah Carlson is an Allentown-based dancer and choreographer who dreams of making dance an accessible and therapeutic form of expression for all.

That's the impetus for the unscripted performance event, "The Unbelievable Beauty of Being Human" (UBBH), 8 p.m. Oct. 25, as part of the "IceHouse Tonight Series," Charles A Brown IceHouse, Sand Island, 56 River St., Bethlehem.

For the piece, Carlson employs "InterPlay," an improvisation structure in which participants create music, song, dance and story on the spot.