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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Bach Choir firsts: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents two firsts for its annual Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem: Benjamin Britten's "Saint Nicolas" and a collaboration with the Bel Canto Children's Chorus, above, Red Hill, Montgomery County. Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir artistic director and conductor, leads the two choirs, the Bach Festival Orchestra, and soloists Benjamin Butterfield, tenor, singing the role of Saint Nicolas, and for Johann Sebastian Bach's Magnificat in D major, soloists Butterfield; Leslie Johnson, soprano; Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo soprano; and Joshua Copeland, bass. The program will be recorded for broadcast on WWFM the Classical Network. Tickets: bach.org, 610-866-4382, ext. 15

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"Pip" at 50: Even though he's 50, Pip the Mouse is still a kid at heart. Just take in his annual show, "Pip: the Mouse Before Christmas," Liberty Bell Museum, 622 W. Hamilton St, Allentown, and you'll see why. The puppet show is performed at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Monday - Saturday, through Dec. 29, by puppeteers Marge Lehrman, Mark Keeler and Stephanie Burke, above, left to right, with a human-size Pip the Mouse. The puppet show was originally performed in a large display window near the entrance to Hess's department store, Ninth and Hamilton streets, Allentown. The show has been presented since 2003 at the Liberty Bell Museum, which is also noting its 50th anniversary. The exhibit, "A Mouseum of Memories: Pip Celebrates Fifty Years," continues at the museum. Information: libertybellmuseum.org, 610-435-4232

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Broadway cabaret: Broadway actress and singer Christine Andreas, above, performs her cabaret show, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Accompanying her on piano is her husband, composer Martin Silvestri. Andreas received two Tony Award nominations (Actress, Musical, "Oklahoma!" and Featured Actress, Musical, "On Your Toes"). She first captivated Broadway as Eliza Doolittle in the 20th anniversary production of "My Fair Lady." In 2010 on Broadway, she had a year-long run as Jacqueline in the Tony Award-winning "La Cage aux Folles," starring Kelsey Grammer. She has performed her cabaret act at New York's Cafe Carlyle, the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room and Carnegie Hall. Her CDs include "The Carlyle Set," reissued last month. Tickets: 610-332-3378, artsquest.org.

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