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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Discover Lehigh Valley describes the Lehigh Valley thusly: the Lehigh River is "the heart," cutting through beautiful countrysides with scenic vistas.

Participants in this year's Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance "Media Marketplace" got first-hand views.

Discover Lehigh Valley, marketing organization for Lehigh and Northampton counties, was host for the Sept. 18 - 21 event attended by more than 100 invited journalists and 50 member destination marketing...

Kristin Chenoweth replaces McPhee for Zoellner Arts Center's 'Gala2012'

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will replace Katharine McPhee, who had to withdraw for medical reasons, for "Gala2012," Oct. 20, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Broadway, television and film star, Chenoweth is remembered for her show-stealing performance in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" and originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in "Wicked."

Chenoweth was most recently seen on Broadway as Fran Kubelik in the revival of "Promises,...

Once again, the circus comes to town

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by MEGHAN LAVERNE Special to The Press in Focus

No one is ever too old for the circus, and now is the time to relive those memories. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Oct. 25 - 28, complete with elephants, camels, horses, dogs, acrobats and three dancing Ringlettes in "The Greatest Show on Earth."

There is one act that cannot be missed: The Urias Family motorcycle stunt act, which revs customized 125cc motorcycles at speeds up to 60 mph in a 16-foot diameter steel...

CENTRAL

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by The Press in Focus

A "Festival of Hymns and Psalms" will be presented, 4 p.m. Oct. 21, Central Moravian Church, Church and Main Streets, Bethlehem.

Donald Spieth conducts. Central Director of Music Rebecca Owens is organist. Central Choir is accompanied by Main Street Brass.

Debuted will be "O Be Joyful," by Howard Helvey, commissioned to for Owens' 10th anniversary at Central.

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The National Symphony of Cuba to play rare Lehigh Valley concert

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, founded in 1959, has given more than 3,000 concerts at home and internationally since its first performance Nov. 11, 1960, in its permanent home, the Teatro Auditorium Amadeo Roldan in Havana's Vedado district. Included in the orchestra's travels have been Russia, Poland, Peru, Yugoslavia, Nicaragua, Spain, Martinique and Argentina.

The National Symphony of Cuba has previously only performed twice before American audiences.

This year,...

THEATER REVIEW 'Curtains' raises hilarity at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

The show must go on, but in Kander and Ebb's "Curtains," someone in front of or perhaps behind the stage wants to see it close.

"Curtains" is a multi-genre production: a play within a play, romantic-comedy, murder-mystery and musical comedy performed by a large ensemble cast.

The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of "Curtains," weekends through Oct. 21, offers a little something for most theater-goers' appetites. The play, which runs just more than two hours, kicks off with a...

THEATER REVIEW Touchstone's 'Pan'-American reunion

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Pan Show" is the Lehigh Valley's most wildly-imaginative original musical of the year.

It's "Pan"-demonium.

It's also "Panda"-monium.

Yes," it's a "Pan"-demic of laughter with Touchstone Theatre's "The Pan Show: In Pan We Trust."

"Pan" co-creators are Jp Jordan, Touchstone Artistic Director-Ensemble Member reprising his role the big guy with the big hairy legs, big horns and even bigger appetite, and Touchstone Ensemble Affiliate Christopher Shorr, who...

Donna The Buffalo stays in character

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by AMY HERZOG Special to the Press in Focus

Fans have reason to celebrate because when Donna The Buffalo continues its fall tour with an 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 concert, Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, the band will be bringing new music with them to share.

Donna The Buffalo has reached a milestone. The group is recording its 10th album featuring 14 previously unreleased songs. The album is recorded via analog. It will be released on vinyl. The yet-to-be-titled album is to be released in early 2013.

Donna...

McPhee magic at Zoellner

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"Gala2012" stars Kath-arine McPhee of NBC's hit television series "Smash," 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

"Smash" is about the creation of a new Broadway musical, "Bombshell," based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, portrayed by McPhee on the show.

Original music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman is featured on "Smash," which debuted this year after "Super Bowl XLVI" and has been renewed for a second season.

Also on the show...

Jars of Clay in creative breakthrough

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by AMY HERZOG Special to the Press in Focus

Grammy Award-winning Jars of Clay rolls into Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, with a fall tour which includes opening acts Sleeping at Last and Mariah McManus.

Jars of Clay is recording a still-to-be-titled album, set for release in 2013.

"This record feels different in many ways to our other records, mostly due to the process of stripping away a lot of the voices that used to influence our songwriting...