Salisbury Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Rick Boulay returns with concert for cancer survivors, caregivers

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Local News

Dr. Richard “Rick” Boulay presents “You Will Be Found: Songs and Lessons of Cancer Survivorship,” a concert and open forum for cancer survivors and their caregivers, 2 p.m. April 14, at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown.

When Boulay’s wife was diagnosed with leukemia about 10 years ago, his understanding of the disease changed.

“I realized that as a cancer doctor I knew the breadth of cancer and what it touches, but I didn’t know the depth.

“When it touched our family, I had no idea of how to make a go of it.

‘Blessings of Bach’ in Emmaus

Friday, March 23, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Experience the life of Jesus Christ through the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in “Blessings of Bach: A Festival Choir and Orchestra Concert,” 7:30 p.m. March 23, Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Emmaus.

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit Music Director Sharon MacCabe describes the concert as a collaboration between congregation members and community musicians. MacCabe conducts and accompanies on harpsichord.

‘Bach Comes to Call’ on 10th anniversary

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Children and their families get a glimpse into composer J.S. Bach’s personal life in the 10th anniversary performance of “Mr. Bach Comes to Call,” 3 p.m. Feb. 25, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Bach Festival Orchestra and Touchstone Theatre are collaborating on a theatrical journey through more than 20 works by Bach in the annual “Family Concert” conducted by Bach Choir artistic director Greg Funfgeld

Northampton Area HS grad conducts Singing Sergeants

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Air Force Technical Sergeant Taylor Armstrong, a Northampton Area High School graduate, conducts the The Singing Sergeants, official chorus of the United States Air Force.

The Singing Sergeants will perform patriotic tunes and beloved classics, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown.

The Singing Sergeants were originally a men’s chorus when founded in 1945 from the rank and file of the Army Air Forces Band, and became the first military chorus to include female members in 1973. There are 23 in the Sergeants ensemble.

Lynnie Godfrey wants to share her expertise, inspire children to sing

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Stage and screen veteran Lynnie Godfrey is looking for a few good friends, young friends, to accompany her in a holiday concert.

Godfrey is holding vocal auditions 1 - 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, for kindergarten through fifth grade students in Allentown School District to perform with her in a December holiday concert at the church.

Hackman’s Bible Book Store closing its doors in good faith

Friday, February 2, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

After 70 years, Hackman’s Bible Book Store, along Mickley Road in Whitehall Township, will close its doors April 30.

“We started in 1947. It was a book truck. My dad [J. Walter Hackman] set up a store in a truck [Bookstore to Your Door] and he had an 80-mile radius,” says Joe Hackman, store-owner along with his wife, Marcia.

Straight outta Cambridge: King’s Singers’ 50th tour

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Grammy and Emmy awards-winning British a cappella group, The King’s Singers, celebrates its 50th anniversary with the “Gold” concert tour, stopping at 8 p.m. Jan. 20, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The group, which originated at King’s College, Cambridge, is made up of countertenors Patrick Dunachie and Timothy Wayne-Wright, tenor Julian Gregory, baritones Christopher Bruerton and Christopher Gabbitas, and bass Jonathan Howard.

Dorothy actress travels back to ‘Oz’ at State

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Kalie Kaimann is heading down the Yellow Brick Road again as Dorothy Gale.

The national tour of the musical version of the beloved 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz,” stops for performances at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“This is my second time playing Dorothy. I had the honor to play [the role] last year with The Children’s Theatre in my hometown of Cincinnati,” says Kaimann in a phone interview.

Upper Saucon girl plays Annie at Philly’s Walnut Street Theatre

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

“Annie” was the first stage show that Upper Saucon Township actress Jenna Seasholtz saw and her babysitter was playing the title role.

Seasholtz has been starring in the title role in “Annie,” through Jan. 7, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia. Seasholtz plays Annie weekends and for select matinees. “Annie” opened Nov. 7 at the Walnut.

“I saw ‘Annie’ before. It was my first show ever and Annie was played by my babysitter. I loved her and seeing her up on stage I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” says Seasholtz, a triple threat singer-dancer-actor.

A family Christmas: David Phelps brings hope of the season to State Theatre concert

Friday, December 22, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Multi-Dove and Grammy Award winner David Phelps performs classic Christmas songs at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Dec. 22. The former member of the renowned Gaither Vocal Band for 20 years will lend his powerful tenor to the sounds of the season.

“This is our nineteenth annual Christmas tour. I can’t believe I’ve been doing anything that long. Every year in November we pull out the Christmas music and dust it off and we come up with some new arrangements to add to it.