The 106th Bethlehem Bach Festival is an occasion for celebration, notably Greg Funfgeld's 30th festival as Artistic Director and Conductor.
This year, the two weekends in May have some surprises, including the Rioult Dance troupe for Saturday morning performances to the music of Bach, and even two non-Bach works: Ludwig van Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" and Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" ("Eternal Light") for the Friday concerts.
The Bach Festival is May 3 and 4, 10 and 11 on...
The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music will present the Outstanding Alumnus Award to conductor Diane Wittry as part of the School's Honors Convocation May 16. She will also address the USC Thornton graduating class the following day during the Commencement Ceremony.
Wittry, who graduated with honors from USC Thornton in 1983 and received a Master's from the school two years later, is music director of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.
She was recently...
Have you ever blown across the top of a bottle, or tapped a rhythm on a coffee can or the bottom of a pot? How about shaking a bottle of seeds or beans, or blowing on a straw? All around us, there are everyday objects that you can use to make music.
The Allentown Symphony presents "Create a Symphony," this season's Family Concert, 2 p.m. May 5, Miller Symphony Hall. For this concert, I wanted to show how you can make musical instruments out of a variety of household items.
The Claremont Trio performs 8 p.m. May 3, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Hurd Campus, Church and Main streets, Bethlehem, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem.
The award-winning piano trio performs Mozart, Trio in E Major, K. 542; Gabriela Lena Frank New Work (2012), commissioned by the Claremont Trio; and Mendelssohn, Trio in C minor, Op.66.
Single tickets are expected to be available at the door. Information: cmsob.org
"8th Annual Young Playwright's Festival and Gala" 7 p.m. May 18, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. touchstone.org, 484-767-2456
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 12:30 p.m. May 2; Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of DeSales University, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192
"Chicago," 8 p.m. May 1, 2, 3, 4; 2 p.m. May 4, 5. Act 1, DeSales University...
"Chicago" is as brash a musical as can be expected to be set in America's second-city, where crime, scandals and front-page newspaper headlines are second to none.
The musical, directed stunningly with that brash spirit by Dennis Razze, chair of theater, DeSales University, and Associate Artistic Director, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, continues 8 p.m. May 1 - 4 and 2 p.m. May 4 and 5 on the main stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley....
Dedication of the George Taylor House Monument, presented by Lehigh County in celebration of its 200th anniversary, is 1 - 4 p.m. May 5, opening day, George Taylor House 35 S. Front St., Catasauqua.
Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 Honor Guard salute;
Sheckler Elementary School Band performance, 2 p.m.;
George Taylor House guided tours 2 - 4 p.m.;
May Day Maypole dances and crafts for children, 3 p.m.;
Springtime arts and crafts...
Muslims and Christians United holds a potluck supper and program, 6:30 p.m. May 2, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.
A panel of Muslims and Christians from Wesley Church, Moravian Academy and Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley will moderate the program. Information: muslimschristiansunited.org
Gregory Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater, 1, 4 p.m. May 5, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. Donate pet food to benefit the Sanctuary at Haafsville and receive a free child-price ticket to the show. Animals available for adoption at the Sanctuary will be on display in the State Theatre's Brown-Daub Gallery. Ticket information: 610-252-3132
Dana Carvey, 8 p.m. May 2, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The Emmy- award winning comedian is best known for his "Saturday Night Live" characters, including the Church Lady; Hans, of the Hans and Franz body-building duo; and Garth, Wayne Campbell's (Mike Myers) "Excellent Co-Host" in the sketch "Wayne's World." Ticket information: 610-252-3132