Salisbury Press

Saturday, January 18, 2020

'Pavarotti Tribute' honors greatest tenor

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

With the "A Tribute to Pavarotti" concert, 5 p.m. March 9, State Theatre for The Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, the Teatro Lirico D'Europa production company pays homage to the music and voice of Luciano Pavarotti, the world-renowned Italian opera tenor.

Georgio Lalov, artistic director of "A Tribute to Pavarotti," believes that Pavarotti was "the most popular tenor ever.

"He had a wonderful vocal instrument," says Lalov, who himself is a trained opera singer, during a recent phone interview.

Satori to debut new Larry Lipkis work

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"Ukioy-e," a commissioned chamber music piece by Moravian College professor and composer-in-residence Dr. Larry Lipkis, debuts at 3 p.m. March 9, as part of the "Second Sunday Concert Series" at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem.

Satori, the Lehigh Valley chamber music group, performs "Ukioy-e." Satori features Nora Sluggs, flute; Deborah Davis, cello, and Martha Schrempel, piano.

"Satori is well-known in the area and they play excellently," says Lipkis. "I know all of the players well."

Gallery View: Kevin Broad makes his artistic statement

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"Kevin Broad: New Works," through March 9, Crayola Gallery, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, makes an artistic statement for the Nazareth native and Philadelphia-based abstract artist.

Broad is known throughout the East Coast arts community and beyond for his use of color and sweeping brush strokes. Drawn to abstract painting in an effort to make his work less about "things," he resolved to focus more on color.

Gallery View: Isidro Con Wong dreams up an exhibit at Baum

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

"My art reflects my Chinese blood with my Costa Rican spirit," Isidro Con Wong says through his interpreter and fellow painter, Rigo Peralta, owner of Rigo Art, 1131 Linden St., Allentown, at the opening of the exhibition, "The Artwork of Isidro Con Wong," through March 14, The David E. Rodale Gallery, The Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown.

Peralta has been Wong's champion in the Lehigh Valley and was instrumental in putting his work in front of Baum School of Art gallery director Rudy Ackerman, who immediately connected with Wong's vision.

Ron Demkee strikes up the United States Air Force Band

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Allentown Band Director Ronald Demkee heads to Montgomery, Ala., to be one of the guest conductors March 7 of the United States Air Force Band. The performance is part of the 80th annual convention of the American Bandmasters Association.

"This is a rather big deal in the band world," says Demkee, director and conductor of the United States' oldest civilian concert band which has been in existence officially since 1828 and averages 45 performances each year.

Movie Review: 'Men' not 'Monumental'

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Monuments Men" is anything but monumental.

That's too bad. The fact-based story about the United States' military mission to recover world-renowned works of art confiscated and hidden by the German Nazis during World War II has the earmarks of a bonafide thriller: priceless art, war, Nazis and a stellar cast, including and directed by George Clooney.

A catalogue of attributes doesn't always add up to a great work of art, much less entertaining cinema. "Monuments Men," at times, is a monumental bore.

Gallery View: These women take to the air

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

None of the five women could remember exactly when they started painting together.

But for more than 20 years, Donna Haney, Bebe Traylor, Jill Peckelun, Sandra Corpora and Donna Needs would pack up their easels, paints, sun hats and bug spray and head to the hills, seeking their dual loves: nature and painting.

The result is "Women's Work: Five Painters," a charming collection of their work through March 14, Rodale Family Gallery, Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown.

Gallery View: Her images embrace emotions

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Jett Ulaner Sarachek displays her latest work in "Explorations," through March 16, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.

Sarachek utilizes digital photography, as well as the IPhone, to capture sensual images of the human figure intermixed with the natural world. Exceptionally romantic shots of the human body mix with images of nature to create gorgeous montages, some larger than life, some small as a snapshot.

Sarachek doesn't hesitate to embrace the value of the everyday mobile phone camera as an artistic tool.

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by PRESS PHOTO BY ELIZABETH OUELLETTE in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Form follows function: Jett Ulaner Sarachek, above, embraces the human form and technology in "Explorations," through March 16, Banko Family Gallery, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. The exhibition includes 25-plus works by the Allentown area photographer, including several large-scale photographs and iPhone photography. Ulaner Sarachek has long used alternative cameras such as pinholes to take compelling images.

Student Poetry Project: Deadline for entries is March 15

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the ninth annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 23 and 24 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.