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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Respectfully Yours: Cancelled dinner plans rankles friend

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I had plans to have dinner with a friend last Saturday night. The person called and said to change the reservation for a later time. Not too long after, there was another call to cancel the dinner. What happened to keeping commitments and not letting people down?

Dear Reader,

There is something to be said about the importance of keeping your word.

When social commitments are made and not followed through, feelings can get hurt. Unfortunately, there...

Healthy Geezer: What’s the attraction with magnets?

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Can magnets relieve pain?

Here’s the official position of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the medical research agency of the federal government:

“Scientific evidence does not support the use of magnets for pain relief. Preliminary studies looking at different types of pain, such as knee, hip, wrist, foot, back, and pelvic pain, have had mixed results. Some of these studies, including a 2007 clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health that looked at...

The Family Project: Advice for pre-teen girls concerns dad

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a single dad with full custody of two pre-teen daughters. I have no idea how to talk to them about the “womanly facts of life.” My mother is gone, and I have no close female friends. What do I do?

Panelist Mike Ramsey said, “Communication on any subject is based on what relationships you have with the other parties. Obviously, the father can’t relate to some of the issues his daughters are dealing with, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be supportive and help get them to...

2020 Bach Fest offers youth performance opportunities

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The 2020 Bethlehem Bach Festival will offer two performance opportunities for young musicians with Zimmermann’s Coffee House and the Chaconne Project.

The Coffee House is part of the 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival in May. Auditions for college and high school students are 1-5 p.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 21, Heckewelder House, Bach Choir offices, 440 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem.

Also at this year’s Festival, the Choir offers students a chance to participate in The Chaconne Project,...

Lecture series marks women’s voting rights

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by The Press in Focus

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE:

A lecture series, “A Century of Struggle: Women’s Rights Before and After Suffrage,” begins with “Images and the Fight for Women’s Voting Rights in the United States,” presented by Allison Lange, Assistant Professor of History at Wentworth Institute of Technology, 7 p.m. Jan. 23, A-Level, Trexler Memorial Library, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.

The series marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification and adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States...

Bakithi Kumalo returns to ‘Graceland’ at Zoellner

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

It seems that Bakithi Kumalo will always be best known for playing bass on Paul Simon’s 1986 album “Graceland,” despite the fact that he has recorded and performed with many other well-known artists, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and Mickey Hart. And he is known for being one of the best electric bass players in the world.

Bakithi Kumalo and the Graceland Tribute Band perform, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Baker...

Kumalo launches mentorship program

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Bakithi Kumalo is grateful for his success in music, and wants to share his knowledge.

Kumalo was talking to the staff at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center about his Jan. 24 concert in Baker Hall. The concert is billed as Bakithi Kumalo and the Graceland Tribute Band.

Kumalo spoke about wanting to teach younger musicians, which led to the start of Zoellner’s Music Master Mentor Program.

Kumalo and keyboardist-composer Will Smith will be teaching high and middle...

Father Duggan back for Bach at Pa. Sinfonia ‘Winter Vivaldi’

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Nothing promises to warm up a cold January afternoon like the return of Father Sean Duggan, whose guest performance of a Bach concerto on piano is a highlight of Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra’s “Winter Vivaldi” concert Jan. 26.

It will be the 14th year that Duggan has come to Bethlehem to perform in what is his only appearance with Sinfonia this season.

“He’s a master pianist who has won two major Bach competitions and he’s also a Benedictine monk, so there is a fascination...

Sports Classics: Allentown Symphony Pops concert got game with scores connection

Friday, January 17, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

From Quidditch to Queen, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra explores the relationship between sports and music at the next “Pops Concert,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18, led by guest conductor Carl Topilow of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

“Music and Sports” looks at how music captures the emotional impact of sports, from the unforgettable theme (“Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti) to “Rocky” (1976) with Rocky Balboa running up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, to the inspirational theme from...

Readers Pick The Oscar Winners

Friday, January 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 92th Academy Awards.

LEAD ACTOR

- Antonio Banderas,

“Pain And Glory”

- Leonardo DiCaprio,

“Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood”

- Adam Driver,

“Marriage Story”

- Joaquin Phoenix,

“Joker”

- Jonathan Pryce,

“The Two Popes”

LEAD ACTRESS

- Cynthia Erivo,

“Harriet”

- Scarlett...