8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts
Pulling out all the stops:The world premiere of Eric Ewazen’s “Concertino for Organ and Orchestra” is performed by organist Hector Olivera, above, in the “Symphonic Organ Festival” concerts by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. March 11 and 3 p.m. March 12, Miller Symphony Hall. The week-long “Organ Extravaganza” includes Stephen Williams, Lenten Music Organ Recital, 6:30 p.m. March 7, First Presbyterian Church, Tilghman Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown, and Don Kinnear, organ, “The Beloved Rogue,” silent film, 7 p.m. March 9, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. “Meet the Artist” with Diane Wittry, ASO music director-conductor; Eric Ewazen and Hector Olivera, noon March 10, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. ASO concerts include Symphony No. 3, the “Organ” Symphony, by Camille Saint-Saens, with Olivera, who also performs a solo organ piece, “Coronation March” from “Le Prophets” by Giacomo Meyerbeer, and the ASO performing Richard Strauss’ “Death and Transfiguration.” Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall Box Office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; allentownsymphony.org; 610-432-6715. Free student tickets are available.
Wearin’ of the comedy:George Miller, co-founder-artistic director, Selkie Theatre, Lehigh Valley, and Kris Kehr. Kehr, a music director for “A Christmas City Follies,” Touchstone Theatre, joins the cast of Crowded Kitchen Players, including Rebecca Burroughs, above left, and David Fox, above right, for the revival of CKP’s hit Irish comedy, “Pints Pounds & Pilgrims,” by playwright Ara Barlieb, March 10 - 19, The Unicorn Theatre, 417 Front St., Catasauqua. The play is inspired by a trip made by Miller and Kate Scuffle when a Theatre Outlet troupe traveled in September 2000 to the Island of Inishbofin off the coast of Connemara, County Galway, Republic of Ireland, to stage the Irish tragedy, “Crackskull Row,” by Irish-born playwright Honor Molloy and starring her mother, Yvonne Voight Molloy. Ara Barlieb and Pamela Wallace, Theatre Outlet board members, traveled along and produced a television documentary, “Pints, Pounds and Pilgrims,” about the event. In the farce based on the thespian sojourn, dramaturgical warfare ensues. Tickets: ckplayers.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; 610-395-7176
Fly like an Eagle:The Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown, holds its annual “EagleFest,” 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 11. “An adult American Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle with a seven-foot wing span, and Peregrine Falcon, the fastest creature in the world, capable of exceeding 200 miles an hour in an airborne dive, are some of the birds that the public will interact with during the program.” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum. “The American Bald Eagle is our national symbol. Its story is an inspiring history lesson combining patriotism and national ecology,” Garrera said. Bill Streeter, above, Master Falconer and Director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center of Milford, Pike County, will introduce visitors to several birds of prey. Children can explore the world of nature through science experiments, games, crafts, stories and interactive activities. Attendees will learn the latest statistics about where and when Bald Eagles have been sighted in the Lehigh Valley. The public is invited to share their photographs and stories of encounters with Bald Eagles in the region. The Museum will exhibit photographs of Bald Eagles from Eastern Pennsylvania that visitors bring in. Information, lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074