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Classical Views: 'Requiem' for Amadeus

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

Allentown Symphony, Chorus, soloists to perform new edition of Mozart work

The story of Mozart's "Requiem" is a tragic one. He did not live to finish the piece.

We have glorified the situation through Peter Shaffer's 1979 play and Milos Forman's 1984 movie, "Amadeus," where Mozart is feverishly dictating instructions to his student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, about how to finish the piece. Yet, I doubt it was really like that. Death is never easy, and writing a "Requiem" mass in the midst of struggling for your life is difficult to imagine.

Theater Review: Place Civic's 'Cities' on your itinerary

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders knows drama. And, he knows how to select stage dramas and direct them.

Sanders puts a fine point on "Other Desert Cities," an audacious; by turns, surprising, and, ultimately, thought-provoking and heart-rending drama-comedy about one family's secrets.

"Other Desert Cities" continues through March 15 at Civic's Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. The play was reviewed March 1.

Theater Review: A memorable 'Diary' at DeSales' Act 1

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

The audience walks to their seats for the Act 1 DeSales University Theatre performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank," knowing the tragic final outcome that awaited Anne and her family. Yet still, the audience comes. For while the true life story of Anne Frank has an unhappy ending, in the end, it is Anne's spirit that triumphs.

"The Diary of Anne Frank" continues through March 2 on the Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS

ALLENTOWN FAIR

Grandstand, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947

Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Tim McGraw, Jana Kramer, 7 p.m. Aug. 29

@Body.8 Days Head: ALLENTOWN FAIRGROUNDS

17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947

ATMA Spring Thaw Train Meet, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 22; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Feb. 23; 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Feb. 24, Agri-Plex

Lehigh Valley Sportsmen's Show, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. March 1;10 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 2, Agri-Plex

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS

ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400

Small Space Gardening Series with Lori Metz, 6 - 7 p.m. Feb. 26

Adult Winter Reading Program, through Feb. 28

"Downton Abbey" Discussion, 2 - 3 p.m. March 1

Laura Tsaggaris, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. March 12

SongCycle, 2 - 3 p.m. March 15

Spring Gala Fundraiser for the Allentown Public Library, 6 p.m. April 5

Swing Into Spring with Mike McGrath, 7 p.m. April 9

Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS

ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM

31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333

Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art, through May 18, Goodman Gallery

Paul Harryn: Essence of Nature, through May 18, Scheller, Rodale and Fowler Galleries

The Maiden Creek Series: Watercolors by Matthew Daub, through March 16, Payne Hurd Gallery

Abstract Fridays, 2 p.m. Fridays, through May 18

Paul Harryn: Insights Into Abstraction, 1 p.m. March 2: Artist talk

Home School Day, 9:30 a.m. - noon March 6

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by The Press in Focus

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

"4 Girls 4": Leslie Uggams, Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, 8 p.m. April 4, State Theatre for The Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132

"A Life of My Own: Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt": Linda Kenyon, 7 p.m. March 15, The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. 201-247-2427, 973-632-3211

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS

ARTSQUEST

ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-297-7100

Cowboy Junkies, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Musikfest Café

Two-Cent Jazz Band, 8 p.m. Feb. 28, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free

Blue Jean, 8 p.m. March 1, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free

Blood, Sweat & Tears, 7:30 p.m. March 5, Musikfest Café

The Steel Wheels, 7:30 p.m. March 6, Musikfest Café

The Irish Comedy Tour, 7:30 p.m. March 7, Musikfest Café

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS

MONTAGE MOUNTAIN

Toyota Pavilion, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. 800-468-7669

Journey, Steve Miller Band, 7 p.m. June 10

Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder, 8 p.m. July 4

@Body.8 Days Head: PENN'S PEAK

325 Maury Road, Penn Forest Township. 1-866-605-7325

Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m. March 1: Pink Floyd tribute

Jessie's Girl, Voyage, 8 p.m. March 7: 1980s music tribute

Dickey Betts and Great Southern, 8 p.m. March 9

Don Williams, 8 p.m. March 21

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, 8 p.m. March 22

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

@Body.8 Days: DANCE

ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY

Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542

East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. April 15, 22

Country Two-Step, 7 p.m. March. 4, 11

West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. March 18, 25

Night Club Two-Step, 6:30 p.m. March 18, 25, April 1, 8

Hustle, 7 p.m. April 22, 29

Salsa, 7 p.m. April 29

Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays

@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION

Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-433-4150