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Monday, March 10, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Flamenco soul: In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Flamenco Vivo, above, presents "The Soul of Flamenco," 8 p.m. March 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The company features an all-star cast of Spanish dancers and musicians in newly-created pieces and a restaging of "Luz y Sombra," an early work by Roberto Lorca, company co-founder, along with Carlota Santana. The program encompasses traditional Flamenco, originating from Andalusia, a province in southern Spain....

Gallery View: A case of black and white at 'The Red Show'

Monday, March 10, 2014 by NELSON QUIÑONES Special to The Press in Focus

Last fall, Trisha Mae Samuel of Emmaus attended a march to support her sister, Jen Samuel, in Washington, D.C. It was the International March for Elephants, to advocate on behalf of endangered elephants around the world, to the legislators on Capitol Hill.

Samuel saw a connection since her 18-month-old daughter Adaline's nursery was painted a design of yellow elephants.

Samuel's awakening experience continued as she began to research and study the life of elephants.

Her...

Spotlight on: Joffrey on stage for RDT at Scottish Rite

Monday, March 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Repertory Dance Theatre presents "An Evening of Dance," 7 p.m. March 15, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown, featuring performances by the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Totts Gap, DM Dance Company, and the Artistic Director of the famed The Joffrey Concert Group of New York.

"An Evening of Dance" has something for everyone, from classical ballet, contemporary, modern, to theatrical jazz performed to music just as diverse, including Shostakovich,...

Spotlight on: Paul Byrom brings the thunder to State Theatre

Monday, March 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Paul Byrom is known as Ireland's premier tenor and is a former soloist with the Irish music group Celtic Thunder. Now solo, he performs a show of traditional Irish music, 7:30 p.m. March 14, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

Though Byrom very much enjoyed his run with the popular Celtic Thunder, he was ready to go solo.

"Well, it's important to say that I was a soloist for many years prior to joining Celtic Thunder," says Byrom in a recent phone interview...

Spotlight On: New show debuts in 'ShadowStories'

Monday, March 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"ShadowStories," three shadow puppet plays featuring live music, will be performed at 10 a.m. March 15, Charles A Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

"ShadowStories" is the brainchild of Doug Roysden, creator of the Bethlehem-based Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre, which performs puppet shows throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond, featuring the scripts and handmade puppets of Roysden, along with other creative contributors.

"ShadowStories" highlights the...

'Celtic Nights' crosses a 'Bridge' at Miller Symphony Hall

Monday, March 10, 2014 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge," 7:30 p.m. March 12, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, is a two and one-half hour show featuring three male vocalists, three female singers, six dancers and musicians.

In a recent interview, the show's director and producer Michael Durkan explains, "We built the storyline around the journey Irish immigrants made by ship to America with their hardships they endured, mostly arriving penniless.

"Some of the ships were called...

High School Musicals: Liberty

Monday, March 10, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Hope and resourcefulness meet the challenges of 19th century dreariness and squalor in a London poorhouse when "Oliver!" is presented at 7 p.m. March 20, 21, 22 in the auditorium of Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.

The musical is directed by Mark McKenna. Music director is Allen Frank. Vocal director is Gayle Justice.

Brave and resourceful Oliver (Devon McDowell) struggles with poverty and the evil thief-master Fagin (Drew Donaher), along with a cast of colorful...

Classical Views: 'Requiem' for Amadeus

Monday, March 3, 2014 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

The story of Mozart's "Requiem" is a tragic one. He did not live to finish the piece.

We have glorified the situation through Peter Shaffer's 1979 play and Milos Forman's 1984 movie, "Amadeus," where Mozart is feverishly dictating instructions to his student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, about how to finish the piece. Yet, I doubt it was really like that. Death is never easy, and writing a "Requiem" mass in the midst of struggling for your life is difficult to imagine.

What I do know...