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Swingle again for Bach Choir

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will present "Let's Swingle" as its fifth gala concert and fundraiser featuring The Swingle Singers, 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Runners-up in the "Bach-appella Competition" for high school and college a cappella ensembles give a pre-concert performance at 7:40 p.m. The winning ensemble performs as part of the Swingle Singers' concert.

Fishtank Ensemble: World music in one

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For members of Fishtank Ensemble, the music world is their oyster.

The cover of Fishtank Ensemble's latest CD, "Woman in Sin," looks like a pop-up greeting card with the eclectic music group's images in front of, or perhaps in, an aquarium surrounded by denizens of the deep.

Fishtank Ensemble, which played Musikfest in 2011, plays at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Theater classic: Father Gerard J. Schubert, above left, stepped out of retirement to direct "Arsenic and Old Lace," Sept. 26 - Oct. 7, DeSales University, Main Stage, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. The classic comedy kicks off Act 1's season. Schubert, who founded the DeSales' theater department in 1969, previously directed "Arsenic and Old Lace" for Act 1 in 1981 and 1996. "This is one of my favorite comedies, and I couldn't resist the invitation to come out of retirement and direct it," Schubert says.

Catch Leftover Salmon in Bethlehem

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by REBEKAH HAWK Special to the Press in Focus

Truly a treat for the ears no matter what your taste for music is, Leftover Salmon has something delectable for everyone's musical palate.

Members of what is described as "the high-country slam-grass jam band" are pretty excited to have the second night of their fall tour at Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, for a 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 concert.

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.

"Arsenic and Old Lace," 8 p.m. Sept. 26, 27, 28, 29; 2 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 7; 9:45 a.m. Oct. 2; DeSales University, Main Stage, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu, 610-282-3192

Piano prodigy opens season with Allentown Symphony

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by The Press in Focus

So many of us remember those days sitting at a piano, where our legs would swing freely in front of the bench because they were just too short to reach the floor.

Little, pudgy fingers would cautiously press on the piano keys, halting for seconds, and sometimes even minutes between chords. Looks of extreme concentration would adorn our faces as we struggled with figuring out the notes on the printed page of the music in front of us.

Enter the haggis - and the kilts

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Celtic Classic celebrates 25 years in Bethlehem

Kilts and Celts will descend upon Bethlehem for the 25th annual Celtic Classic.

What was once a tiny festival conceived by a small group of individuals dedicated to preserving Celtic heritage has blossomed into the largest Celtic event in North America.

The Celtic Classic, Sept. 28 - 30, features food, music, and sport, all with roots in the rich Celtic tradition.

More than 250,000 people travel to Bethlehem to partake in the Celtic Classic.

Speeding back

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania Game Commission confirms successful year for Peregrine Falcon nesting

The fastest member of the Animal Kingdom has had another successful nesting season here in the Keystone State.

According to Pennsylvania Game Commission falcon program coordinator Dr. F. Arthur McMorris, there were 32 pairs of confirmed Peregrine Falcon nesting sites across Pennsylvania in 2012.

Out of the 32 confirmed nests, 22 of the pairs had success nesting. These breeding pairs raised 62 young falcons.

Blythe gives her regards to Kate Smith

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Mezzo-soprano Steph-anie Blythe will present her cabaret performance of music by American icon Kate Smith.

The show, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, Allentown, features Blythe accompanied by pianist Craig Terry.

"The show is a tribute to the great American singer Kate Smith. It is not an impersonation show," says Blythe. "I don't pretend to be Kate Smith or try to sing like Kate Smith."

In addition to the songs, Blythe offers background and biographical material about Kate Smith.