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Coronavirus impact: 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival canceled

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival will not take place in May because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bach Choir of Bethlehem officials announced the decision to cancel the internationally-recognized May 8, 9 and May 15, 16 festival, described as “The Heart of Our Season,” in an email to patrons, on its website and in an April 3 press release to the media.

“With an immeasurable amount of sadness, but an abundance of caution, we announce that The 113th Bethlehem Bach...

Coronavirus closings: PSF at DeSales U. will return in 2021

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy had high hopes for the 2020 season.

Now he has high hopes for the Festival’s 2021 season.

“We were really excited about this season and we are still excited about this selection of extraordinary plays,” Mulcahy says in a March 30 phone interview hours after a PSF press release stated: “In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has announced the cancellation...

LIBERTY: ‘Peter Pan’

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by The Press in Focus

J. M. Barrie’s 1904 play is the basis of Liberty Theatre’s “Peter Pan,” 7 p.m. April 16, 17 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 18, auditorium, Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.

The musical has music by Mark “Moose” Charlap, additional music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Liberty production director Judith Rivera is assisted by assistant director Laura Mainiero, choral director Julie Wydrinski, pit orchestra director Allen Frank,...

High School Musicals

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The High School Musicals series began Feb. 19 and concludes April 15 in the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section.

Students, teachers and school districts put time, effort and money into their theater productions. It was important to maintain the Focus section series. With schools closed, consult district websites for information.

The 18th annual Freddy Awards ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, was to have beeen telecast live on WFMZ and


Sunday, April 12, 2020 by The Press in Focus

A union strike heats up a pajama factory in “The Pajama Game,” 7 p.m. April 16, 17 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 18, Masson Auditorium, Allentown Central Catholic High School, 301 N. Fourth St., Allentown.

The musical, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and book by Bob George Abbott and Richard Bissell, is based on Bissell’s novel “7½ Cents.”

Central Catholic production director Kateri Swavely-Verennai is assisted by assistant director-choreographer Adrienne...

Healthy Geezer: From bifocals to trifocals to contacts

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First part

Q. I’m getting fed up with my bifocals and I want to make a change to something else. What are my options?

This is a big subject that is important to seniors, so I’m going to do a series of columns on the topic.

I want to start out with my personal history because it is a perfect example of the universal problem of correcting faulty vision as we age.

When I reached my early 40s, I noticed that my right arm was getting too short to hold books at the...

The Family Project: Be creative to cope with coronavirus

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Second of two parts

“The Family Project” panel shares techniques to cope with “stay-at-home” orders for coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Being creative during social distancing and staying at home was suggested by several panel members.

“There’s something to be said for allowing children time to create, problem-solve and entertain themselves,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said, adding, “You might be surprised with what they come up with.”

Creativity isn’t just for...

Respectively Yours: Work-at-home call requires some doing

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

During these days of social distancing, I am working from home. Can you please provide some guidelines for successful and productive conference calls?

Dear Reader,

Many businesses are implementing procedures that allow employees to work remotely from home during stay-at-home orders because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you are not accustomed to handling business communication via conference calls, it might seem uncomfortable and...