Catasauqua Press

Monday, October 21, 2019

Janet and Malcolm Gross being honored for years of dedication to Baum School

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Janet and Malcolm Gross have been longtime benefactors of The Baum School Of Art.

At the annual Baum School of Art Fall Gala, Oct. 19, Janet and Malcolm Gross will be honored for their support of the Baum School and the arts.

This year, the Gala is at the Barristers Club, Allentown, beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 with a cocktail hour.

There will be a performance by singer-songwriter and chanteuse Phoebe Legere.

Respectfully Yours: Phone call response

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

There are days that I am very busy and find it impossible to stop and take the time to take a phone call. Is it bad manners to respond to a phone call with a text message?

Dear Reader,

Sometimes you just don’t have time to answer the phone.

You could be driving a vehicle, having dinner with your family, or maybe you just don’t want to talk.

In such a connected world today, keeping your phone manners on point and respectful can be tricky.

Modern-day courtesy suggests you return any message via the same medium in which it was sent.

The Family Project: Trick or treat

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My children, ages 5 and 12, are planning their costumes for Halloween. Our neighborhood has always been safe, but I still worry. Do you think they are old enough to go alone? I need to be at my house to hand out candy. Also, is there an age when children are too old to trick or treat?

“I don’t think you need to be concerned about how old to trick or treat,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said in answer to one of the questions.

Stefano Greco hopes to inspire audiences

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Stefano Greco hopes to inspire the audiences who come to his concerts by helping them get to know composers.

“Understanding music goes together with understanding the composer and the meaning behind his music,” says the renowned Italian concert pianist.

Greco returns to the Lehigh Valley, bringing his unique approach and style to Miller Symphony Hall for the first performance in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s “Chamber On Stage,” 2 p.m. Oct. 20.

LV Storytelling Guild in Halloween programs

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild is presenting programs for Halloween.

Said Charles Kiernan, president of the Guild, “Let’s be clear. This is not story time. This is the oral tradition. These are the tales the bards told to their royal audiences, the tales the Irish Seanchaí told in the taverns, and the tales told around countless campfires.”

“We are hardwired for story. Story can define who we are. In the case of Halloween stories, it can define what we fear. What we think when we hear things that go bump in the night,” Kiernan said.

The schedule:

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Chamber stage: The “Chamber on Stage” series continues at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 with the return of Stefano Greco to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The program is: Beethoven, “Sonata No. 32 C minor Variations” and “Sonata No. 17: The Tempest,” and Liszt, “Vallée d’Obermann,” “Les Jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este” and “Rigoletto Paraphrase.” Greco has performed at the Festival of Castleton; Opera City Concert Hall, Tokyo, and Lincoln Center, New York.

Curtain Rises: Barry Glassman reflects on ‘Amadeus’ and Lehigh Valley theater roles

Saturday, October 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Barry Glassman has played iconic roles in Lehigh Valley regional theater on stage and offstage.

On stage, he’s played the nasty but redemptive soul, Scrooge, nine times in “A Christmas Carol”; Roy Cohn, the disgraced and presumably not so redemptive Atty. Roy Cohn, twice in “Angels in America”; the irascible but charming Morrie in “Tuesdays with Morrie,” and the glum but wise Norman in “On Golden Pond,” all at Civic Theatre of Allentown.

Theater Review: See and hear ‘Amadeus’ at NCC Theatre

Friday, October 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s good to revisit the classics of theater. “Amadeus,” written by Peter Shaffer, is certainly a classic.

The Northampton Community College Theatre production of “Amadeus,” through Oct. 23, Lipkin Theatre, Green Pond Campus, Bethlehem Township, merits revisiting for several reasons.

The production of “Amadeus,” which opens the NCC Theatre 2019-2020 season, is beautifully-directed by William Mutimer with several commendable performances by students and a veteran Lehigh Valley regional theater performer.

Theater Review: Civic cast drives ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Sunset Boulevard” is a storied and legendary place, the proverbial street of dreams, brought to the stage in the perfect venue, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown, where the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has its Lehigh Valley debut through Oct. 27 to open Civic Theatre of Allentown’s 2019-2020 season.

It’s a jewel of a show in a jewel of a venue.

It’s a grand performance in a grand setting.

Article By: Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Sunset Boulevard” is a storied and legendary place, the proverbial street of dreams, brought to the stage in the perfect venue, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown, where the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has its Lehigh Valley debut through Oct. 27 to open Civic Theatre of Allentown’s 2019-2020 season.

It’s a jewel of a show in a jewel of a venue.

It’s a grand performance in a grand setting.