Catasauqua Press

Sunday, March 26, 2017

LCCC Foundation sets scholarship benefit

Friday, March 10, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The annual “Raising the Paw” bingo benefit and shopping event will be held March 25 on the main campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

The event, which benefits the Jennifer L. Snyder Memorial Veterinary Technician Scholarship Fund, is sponsored by the LCCC Foundation and will be held in the Community Services Center. Proceeds benefit the Snyder LCCC Foundation scholarship.

Doors open at 10 a.m. for vendor shopping. Food and...

3 x 3: Diverse views, diverse artists in Muhlenberg College galleries

Friday, March 3, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Three separate exhibitions are on view in Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown. These are diverse views and diverse artists, each with a distinct perspective.

AM DeBrincat’s “Speculative Fiction” is on display in the Galleria Lobby.

Patricia Satterlee’s “Already Gone” is also in the Galleria.

George Afedzi Hughes’ “Urban Allusions” is in Martin Art Gallery.

In “Speculative Fiction,” continuing through March 27, DeBrincat assembles mixed media...

Concert Theater Review: ‘Nightingale’ sings for Bach Choir ‘Family’

Friday, March 3, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Imaginations soared with song and story for “The Nightingale,” The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra annual “Family Concert,” a collaboration with Mock Turtle Marionette Theater.

Bach Choir artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld set the tone for the Feb. 26 event with heartwarming stories of past young audience members. One girl had sweetly told him after a “Bach to School” concert that “It sounded so real.” Another shared that she had “practiced sitting still...

Oscar contest winner to be announced

Friday, March 3, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Well, it wasn’t exactly: #oscarsowrong, or #wrongenvelopeplease, but among the dozens who entered the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscars” contest, not one person correctly picked all Oscar recipients in the contest’s seven categories.

And while we’re reluctant to consult Pricewaterhousecooper, the accounting and bookeeping firm in charge of getting the right envelope to the right person on Oscar night, we needed more time at deadline to determine the...

Princeton organist in ‘Extravaganza’ series

Friday, March 3, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Eric Plutz, Organist at Princeton University, performs in the “Noon-10 Concert,” 12:10 p.m. March 7, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, as part of a week-long “Organ Extravaganza,” March 5-12, presented by the Allentown Symphony.

Plutz will perform major pieces by Bach and Mendelssohn as well as selections such as “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” and “All Through the Night.”

Plutz, Dean of the Central New Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of...

Steve Hackett sounds ‘Night Siren’ for world peace

Friday, March 3, 2017 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Guitar virtuoso and prolific composer, Steve Hackett, formerly of the band, Genesis, releases his album, “The Night Siren” (InsideOut Music-Sony) on March 24.

Hackett presents extraordinary versatility in guitar playing and composing, and blends influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues.

Hackett has a new show, “Genesis Revisited with Classic Hackett.” Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Genesis album, “Wind and Wuthering,” Hackett and his band are...

‘Holy Stuff’ visits happy places

Friday, March 3, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Explore all that is held scared in the modern day with Emma Ackerman’s one-woman show, “The Complete and Authoritative Tour of Holy Stuff,” in its world premiere, March 2-12, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

“‘The Complete and Authoritative Tour of Holy Stuff’ is a non-linear pilgrimage of someone trying out different things that you could consider holy things like religion or nature-based spirituality or football or television. Basically, all of the things that we...

‘Organ Extravaganza’ schedule, March 5-12

Friday, March 3, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The week-long “Organ Extravaganza” is a series of free performances on outstanding pipe and digital organs in the Lehigh Valley:

American Guild of Organists Concert, 3 p.m. March 5, Egner Chapel, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown

“Meet the Organ” Happy Hour, hosted by Allen Organ, 5:30 p.m. March 6, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown

Eric Plutz, Organist at Princeton University, “Noon-10 Concert,” 12:10 p.m. March 7, St. John’s Lutheran...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, March 3, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Hey, Yanni, Yanni:It’s “An Evening in Conversation with Yanni,” 7:30 p.m. March 7, State Theater Center for the Arts, Easton. Yanni, one of the most celebrated contemporary composers and multi-gold and platinum-selling artists, performs solo at the piano, answers questions from the audience, share his experiences traveling the globe, insight into his creative process, his understanding and interaction with cultures from around the world and his experience planning and performing in mega-...