The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, founded in 1959, has given more than 3,000 concerts at home and internationally since its first performance Nov. 11, 1960, in its permanent home, the Teatro Auditorium Amadeo Roldan in Havana's Vedado district. Included in the orchestra's travels have been Russia, Poland, Peru, Yugoslavia, Nicaragua, Spain, Martinique and Argentina.
The National Symphony of Cuba has previously only performed twice before American audiences.
"Dream" book: Jack McCallum, Lehigh Valley's dean of sports writers, signs copies of his latest book, "Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever," 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 13, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem. In "Dream Team," McCallum, above, an acclaimed Sports Illustrated magazine journalist, tells the untold story of the greatest basketball team ever assembled.
Civic Theatre of Allentown is mounting the "Digital Cinema Challenge" to raise $100,000 to purchase new digital projection equipment by year's end.
Civic has raised $40,000 and is seeking an additional $60,000.
Civic is meeting with donors, alerting members and applying for grants to pay for its changeover from film to digital projection equipment. Donations may be made at Civic's web site.
"I was out at the 'Art House Convergence' in January right before the Sundance Festival," says Michael Traupman, Civic managing director. "They basically said, 'Convert or die.'
Forget about the trouble with the chair.
There's no trouble with Clint Eastwood in "Trouble with the Curve."
Eastwood is as delightfully cantankerous as ever as an elderly baseball scout named Gus who still pours over stacks of newspapers rather than log onto the computerized "Moneyball" statistical analysis approach to assess high school, college and other Major League Baseball prospects.
The Young Musicians of the Allentown Music Club meets 3 p.m. Oct. 7, Hope United Church of Christ Church, 1031 Flexer Avenue, Allentown.
The concert is free and open to the public. Open auditions will be held. New members, ages 5 - 18, are welcome.
Information: Emily Reyes, 610-398-0781
"Beautiful People," curated by Muhlenberg art history professor Dr. Margo Thompson, Oct. 3 - Nov. 10, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, explores how three artists, Andy Warhol, Muhsana Ali and Josh Lehrer, respond to beauty in photographic portraiture.
A reception to meet Ali and Lehrer is 4:30 - 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in the gallery. Ali gives a lecture 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Lehrer gives a gallery talk 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4.
Pan traveled halfway around the world for Touchstone Theatre's latest paean to Pan.
"The Pan Show: In Pan We Trust," a musical political satire featuring the Greek god Pan, premieres Thursdays through Saturday nights, Oct. 4 -13, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.
Touchstone Artistic Director Jp Jordan again assays the stage as Pan. "The Pan Show: A Cautionary Tale," premiered for Touchstone's 2010-'11 season. Jordan and Touchstone Ensemble Affiliate Christopher Shorr, in his fifth year running Moravian College's theater program, wrote both "Pan" shows.
"Out of the Sphere: The Photography of David L. Rehrig," Oct. 11 - Jan. 11, 2013, Ambre Studio, 310 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, in collaboration with the 2012 Olympus InVision Photo Festival and Lehigh Valley Photography Month, opens with a reception and book-signing, 6 - 8 p.m. Oct. 11.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has announced the results of its "Bach-Appella Competition" in conjunction with the Bach Choir's presentation of The Swingle Singers in a Gala Concert-Fundraiser, 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Zoellner Arts Center.
The winning group is Emmaus High School's Fermata Nowhere, directed by Rita Cortez. The group will sing Van Morrison's "Moondance" during the second half of the Swingle Singers' concert.
No Bragging Rights, a melodic, hardcore punk band that espouses Christian-like morals and ideals, performs at 6 p.m. Oct. 5, Planet Trog, 3570 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.
"All songs are positive," says Mike Perez, lead singer and founder of the band.
Perez founded the band in Riverside, Calif., in 1999 when he was 15-years-old.
The band includes Perez, vocals; Christian Lee, guitar; Daniel Garrow, guitar; Ryan Warrell, bass; and Martin Alcedo, drums.