The great city of Voronezh is 300 miles southeast of Moscow in the heart of Russia.
Voronezh, population 1.5 million, was founded in 1585 by Tsar Feodor I. It is not far from the Ukraine and has had settlements since the Stone Age.
Nestled in Voronezh is the Voronezh Choreographic Institute where dancers are chosen at the age of eight to begin their studies of dance, music and academics.
The French really know how to do depressing.
They also have a way of finding that silver lining in the most cloudy of lives and circumstances. Essentially, the French romanticize pain.
"Rust and Bone" ("De rouille et d'os"), directed by French film-maker Jacques Audiard, is inspiring, despite the tragedy that befalls its protagonist, Stephanie (Marion Cotillard).
Satori presents a concert, "East Meets West," 3 p.m. Feb. 10, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem.
The program is: Carl Stamitz' "Trio in G Major," James Nyoruka Schlefer's "A Smile on the Buddha Calm," Minoru Mikki's "Sonnet" and Mendelsssohn's "Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49." A meet-the-artist reception follows the performance.
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Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) holds open auditions for performers ages 16 and up Feb. 17 and 18 for the Gershwin musical, "Crazy for You," June 12 - 30, and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar," July 10 -28.
In about two months, the first cries of "Play Ball" will fill the air at Coca Cola Park, the aroma of grilled hotdogs, burgers and fries will beckon the hungry and a chilled beverage will refresh the thirsty when the gates open April 10 for the 2013 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs season.
Yes, it's the time of year when fans' thoughts begin to turn toward America's favorite pastime.
It was all about the Phillies, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and, more specifically, Iron Pigs Charities on a recent sub-freezing night.
Time to Jump: The Time Jumpers, above, are in concert, 8 p.m. Feb. 16, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. The country and western-swing band's stellar lineup includes Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill and "Ranger Doug" Green of Riders in the Sky, as well as highly-regarded Nashville session and touring musicians Paul Franklin, Jeff Taylor, Kenny Sears, Andy Reiss, Dennis Crouch, Dawn Sears, Joe Spivey, Larry Franklin and Billy Thomas.
"9 to 5," 8 p.m. Feb. 21 - 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown. cedarcrest.edu, 800-360-1222
"A Tale of Two Cities," 8 p.m., Wednesdays - Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 20 - March 3; 9:45 a.m. Feb. 25, 26, Main Stage Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192
Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.
"Zero Dark Thirty," an Oscar picrtue nominee and an American Film Institute movie of the year, is an intense cinema-going experience.
"Zero Dark Thirty" is nothing less than an account of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon and bin Laden's killing by United States Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.
An orchestra is an amazing ensemble composed of so many wonderful instruments. When put together, the sounds that they produce can be absolutely stunning.
French composer Maurice Ravel was a master at creating new sounds for the orchestra. In his ballet "Daphnis and Chloe," he uses a very large orchestra and writes in such a way that the music just cascades around us. He even uses a large chorus as an instrumental sound, where all the members of the chorus sing on the syllable "Ah" and the voices meld into the orchestra, creating yet another color for our ears to enjoy.