Salisbury Press

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Disney movie concert magic back on stage with Allentown Symphony

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The beauty, excitement and entertainment that are Disney movies will manifest itself in center city Allentown.

Disney fans won’t want to miss the Allentown Symphony Orchestra Pops concert, “Disney In Concert: A Dream Is A Wish,” 7:30 p.m. May 11, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

It’s the third time that Ronald Demkee, ASO Pops Conductor, has led the ASO Pops in a Disney-theme concert at Miller Symphony Hall.

Theater Review: ‘Fun Home’ astounding visit at Civic

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Fun Home,” the tragicomic musical through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, is an astounding piece dramatic art.

The winner of five Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 2015, with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, tells the story of a young girl’s dysfunctional family in an extremely innovative and heart-rending way.

Movie Review: ‘Amazing’ Aretha

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Amazing Grace” depicts a concert by Aretha Franklin filmed in 1972 in a Los Angeles church during the recording of a live gospel music album of the same title.

Though billed as a documentary, there’s very little commentary and no interviews with Franklin nor those associated with the project. There are some explanatory title cards at the beginning of the film.

Basically, this is a concert film of a recording studio session, or a gospel version of concert films from the era, notably, “Woodstock” (1970) or “Gimme Shelter” (1970).

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Going once: The Baum School of Arts” 34th Annual Art Auction is May 18 at the school. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction of more than 200 pieces of art displayed in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries. During this time, attendees may enjoy a buffet dinner from Catering by Karen Hunter in the Fowler Community Room. Tickets are available for the dinner. Auctioneer Boris Wainio begins the live auction at 8 p.m. of more than 100 pieces of art up for bid, including, above, “Country Road,” William Weldon Swallow (oil; 19.5” x 23”). Preview Night, 6-8 p.m.

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, May 8: Roast turkey w/gravy, Pennsylvania “Dutch” stuffing, mixed vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, fruit cocktail.

Thursday, May 9 - Mother’s Day meal: Chicken Marsala, orzo with spinach, oven roasted fresh vegetables, wheat bread w / margarine, strawberry creme shortcake.

Friday, May 10: Apple juice, sausage sandwich w/green peppers and onions, pasta salad, chilled peaches.

More than Bach and beer in Bethlehem: 112th Bach Festival adds concerts, events, venues

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Legendary journalist H.L. Mencken wrote of his attendance at the Bethlehem Bach Festival during Prohibition in terms of Bach and beer.

The 2019 Bach Festival of Bethlehem, in its 112th year, is much more than that.

In his 36th season, Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld has added depth and dimension to the Bach Festival.

The festival is May 10, 11 and May 17, 18 in Bethlehem, principally on the Lehigh University campus, with some events at a southside Bethlehem church and on the downtown Moravian College campus.

Curtain Rises:

Friday, May 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic’s ‘Fun Home’ puts the fun in dysfunction

The tagline for the musical, “Fun Home,” could be: “Putting the fun in dysfunction.”

Civic Theatre of Allentown presents the Lehigh Valley premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Fun Home,” May 3-19.

The original Broadway production, opening in 2015 and closing in 2016, was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, receiving five Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score.

New York singer at Holy Spirit

Friday, May 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Jon Satrom presents a concert at 4 p.m. May 11, The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Emmaus.

He has appeared in shows at the Jenny Wiley Theatre, The Millbrook Playhouse, Pines Dinner Theatre and The Gallery Players.

Satrom was in the first national tour of “A Year With Frog and Toad.” He has managed the Broadway national tours of “Mamma Mia!” and “Rent.”

Vic Dibitetto to work his comedy at State

Friday, May 3, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Standup comedian, internet personality and actor Vic Dibitetto performs at 8 p.m. May 11, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dibitetto worked as a school bus driver on Staten Island while performing at local comedy clubs for 35 years.

He started doing standup comedy in 1981 and made his first television appearance in 1991 on “America’s Funniest People” with his son Michael, winning the $10,000 grand prize for their home video mocking a ventriloquist act.

Review: ‘Breakthrough’

Friday, May 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

One wouldn’t necessarily expect a “More cowbell” joke in a Christian-themed movie.

That’s just one of the surprises in “Breakthrough,” based on the true story of a teen whose life floated in the balance after he fell through wintry ice in a pond in St. Charles, Mo. (St. Louis is the closest big city.)

“Breakthrough” portrays a realistic family, not a sanitized family. The family bickers. The son is surly to his mother. The boy is disrespectful of authority at the Christian middle school he attends and on the school basketball team on which he’s a standout player.