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‘Holiday Brass’: Rodney Marsalis rings in season with jazz at Miller Symphony Hall

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

You can ring in the holidays with world-class brass at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall. The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass (RMPBB) presents “Holiday Brass” at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

The ensemble is composed of some of the United States’ top brass musicians and aims to celebrate peace and the unity of the human spirit through a variety of holiday music. There will be 11 musicians on stage: five trumpets, three trombones, French horn, tuba, drummer, and, for the Allentown concert, a...

DiBussolo ‘Jazz Upstairs’ to swing Christmas

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Miller Symphony Hall will be swinging in a holiday way Dec. 15. The Frank DiBussolo Philly Reunion Group presents “A Swinging Philly Christmas” as part of the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room starting at 7:30 p.m.

DiBussolo is a veteran jazz guitarist who has performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Diana Ross, among other famous singers. He has been a featured soloist with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden...

Movie Review: ‘Coco’

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Coco” is an astonishing animation feature film that explores an actual mythology, and one that is atypical for the mainstream cinema.

Who knew that a movie aimed at families and children based on the Mexican holiday of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) would be a huge box office hit?

During the national holiday, families gather and pray for family and friends who’ve died, build private altars to them and visit their graves, in order to wish them safe passage in their spiritual...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Christmas swings:The Frank DiBussolo Philly Reunion Group presents “A Swinging Philly Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, “Jazz Upstairs” series, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. DiBussolo, above, eight-time Grammy nominee, has accompanied Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Diane Carroll, and Vicky Carr. He has performed with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli and Lester Lannin. In addition to DiBussolo, guitar, the Reunion Group includes James Del...

Pointe of the season: Reality TV stars headline LV Ballet Guild ‘Nutcracker’

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Ballet Guild of Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB) present their 49th annual holiday production of “The Nutcracker,” the longest-running “Nutcracker” ballet production in the Lehigh Valley.

“The Nutcracker” is presented at 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem.

The whimsical tale of young Clara and her beloved Christmas toy delights audiences of all ages. With fresh...

She creates ‘Christmas Portrait’ of Karen Carpenter

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas” brings holiday hits of the season to the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Vocalist Michelle Berting Brett and her seven-piece Nashville band directed by Harry Sharpe, perform songs from Karen and Richard Carpenters’ two Christmas albums and some of their iconic hit singles.

Karen Carpenter (1950 - 1983) died more than three decades ago, but the pop music she made with her brother is still popular.

“It...

Group holds

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV WRITERS:

The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG) holds its “Writers Café Craft Discussion with Read & Critique,” 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dec. 14, Palmer Branch, Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Participants are invited to bring original pieces of about 500 words to read to the group. Any genre, fiction or non-fiction, poetry, screenplays or memoirs are welcome.

GLVWG aims to provide its members with a network of support and resources in...

Dwyer-Selig:

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Bill and Monica Dwyer of East Brunswick, N.J., announce the engagement of their daughter, Tara, to Justin Selig, son of Brian and Karen Selig of Germansville, Heidelberg Township.

Tara is a 2011 graduate of East Brunswick High School and a 2015 graduate of Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

She is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Kutztown University.

Justin is a 2007 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School and a 2012 graduate of...

Healthy Geezer: stress

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I don’t handle stress very well. I was wondering if you had any recommendations to deal with my problem.

The American Psychological Association reports that one-third of United States citizens are living with extreme stress. Money and work are the leading causes of stress for three quarters of Americans. Nearly half of Americans report that stress has a negative impact on their personal and professional lives.

We respond to stress with a “fight-or-flight” reaction. It’s our...

Slide-lecture

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

A slide-lecture, “Hess’s Department Store,” will be presented 1 p.m. Dec. 16, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“No store in America could surpass the magic of a visit to Hess’s Department Store, especially at the holidays,” said Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Museum.

Drawing on more than 1,000 vintage photographs, the slide-lecture will re-create the spirit of awe and excitement that...