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Monday, September 25, 2017

The Mavericks’ ‘Brand New’ return to its roots rocks

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Grammy award-winning band, The Mavericks’ new studio album, “Brand New Day” (Mono Mundo Recordings) went to No. 1 on the Americana Airplay charts and has been lauded by the Associated Press, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone Country and the Los Angeles. Times.

The Mavericks perform at 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Tango and blues to meld at Miller Symphony Hall

Saturday, July 29, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Miller Symphony Hall presents a blend of passionate Argentine tango and folk music, featuring María Volonté and Kevin Carrel Footer of Blue Tango Project, and Mavi Díaz and Las Folkies, 7:30 p.m. July 28, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

It promises to be a night of powerful and diverse music.

María Volonté, who hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Blue Tango Project explore the musical crossroads where tango and the blues meet.

Three Dog Night to hit it up at Sherman

Friday, June 9, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Three Dog Night is celebrating 50 years of sensational music. Since 1967, their distinctive-sounding hits, including “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Shambala,” and “One,” have been woven into the fabric of American television and film soundtracks, and still resonate with generations of fans.

Three Dog Night plays in concert, 8 p.m. June 11, Sherman Theater, 554 Main St., Stroudsburg.

Zoso to recreate Led Zeppelin in concert at Sherman Theatre

Friday, June 2, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

“Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience” is a tribute band that captures the masterful talent of Robert Plant, John Bonham, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones and pays homage to one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

Zoso’s passion, musical ability and showmanship has earned the group critical acclaim and a loyal following. The Los Angeles Times hailed the group as “head and shoulders above all other Zeppelin tributes,” and the Chicago Sun-Times declared Zoso “the closest to the original.”

A Cosy Sheridan retrospective at Godfrey Daniels

Friday, April 21, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Cosy Sheridan first made her mark on the folk scene in 1992 when she won songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Sheridan’s 1992 CD, “Quietly Led” (Waterbug Records) received critical acclaim. From then on Sheridan continued to create a steady stream of insightful, well-crafted albums, culminating in 2014’s “Pretty Bird” and 2016’s “Sometimes I Feel Too Much.” West Side Folk dubbed her “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful songwriters.”

Sheridan performs at 8 p.m. April 22, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

Russian Ballet ‘Swan’ to glide

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Russian National Ballet Theatre production of “Swan Lake” bodes to be as memorable as a swan gliding across a lake.

“Swans are majestic, strong and graceful, as our dancers are,” says Alexander Daev, Assistant Artistic Director and Ballet Master of the Russian National Ballet Theatre for eight years. “Our stage sets, lighting and costumes create a visual panorama always to be remembered,” says Daev.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre presents the exquisite ballet classic, “Swan Lake,” 8 p.m. March 24, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

‘Nutcracker’ bigger than ever in 48th annual production for Ballet Guild of Lehigh Valley

Friday, December 16, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (BGLV) and the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is presenting its 48th production of the enchanting holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

“We’re keeping the history of ballet alive and going. We have one of our largest casts to date,” says Karen Kroninger Knerr, Artistic Director of the Ballet Guild since 2007. More than 100 are in the production.

Moscow Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ tour stops at State Theatre, Easton

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The breath-taking and spectacular production, Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker,” comes to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, again this year for the holiday season with performances at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

The Moscow Ballet, in its 24th year touring North America, garners critical acclaim for its “Great Russian Nutcracker” performances in more than 100 cities from New York to Los Angeles.

Repertory Dance Theatre returns with ‘Nutcracker,’ adds jazz event

Saturday, December 10, 2016 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) celebrates its 29th production of the classic holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker,” with more than 100 talented dancers.

This year, there is a fantastic addition. RDT will also present “Let’s Go Nutz!,” an evening of holiday jazz, 7 p.m. Dec 9, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Professional musicians Bill Washer, Cliff Tracy, Dave Leonhardt and others will join RDT dancers on the Miller Symphony Hall stage where they will perform jazzy versions of “Nutcracker” songs and other holiday tunes.