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Friday, May 24, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Memorializing Memorial Day: Bill Johnson, above, portrays Bob Hope in the “USO Bob Hope Tribute Show,” one of the many events at The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration, May 25, 26 and 27, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Chew and Liberty streets, Allentown. The second annual event, sponsored by Pennsylvania’s Music Preservation Society, includes rock ‘n’ roll, polka, folk, bluegrass, Celtic and Latino music. There’s also a Sock Hop dance contest promoting “Socks for Veterans”; a Rock Youth program, May 26; Artists Market, including noted quilter Carole Dorr, and Food Court with six tents serving Cajun, South Philly, barbecue, seafood and, of course, funnel cake. There’s outdoor seating at tables with umbrellas, indoor seating, and programming on three stages under an outdoor tent and inside the Agri-Plex. Admission and parking is free. Information:

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Behind the music: The creative process in composing a new classical work is the topic of “Inside the Score: A New Cello Concert,” 7:30 p.m. May 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Join the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and Diane Wittry, ASO Music Director and Conductor, for a behind-the-scenes look at the journey from composer’s vision, to rehearsal, to performance. During the first portion of “Inside the Score,” Wittry and composer Matthew Quayle, above, discuss the orchestra’s rehearsal of his new piece, which features ASO Assistant Principal Cello Jameson Platte. Then, the ASO will premiere the first performance of the American composer’s work. Proceeds benefit the ASO Education and Community Engagement programs, including El Sistema Lehigh Valley. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown;; 610-432-6715