The 108th Bethlehem Bach Festival, May 1, 2, 8 and 9, is a re-imagining of the more than 100-year-old festival, combining cherished tradition with fresh perspective.
The springtime festival, held in charming venues in the historic town of Bethlehem, as well as on the beautiful Lehigh University campus, attracts thousands of lovers of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach from across the United States and beyond.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Bach Festival Orchestra and distinguished soloists are conducted by Greg Funfgeld now in his 32nd year as artistic director.
Imagine performances composed of a rotating cast of talented musicians from well-known bands, in which no two shows are alike, where the players improvise music, create songs, involve the audience and offer an unparalleled live music experience.
The Everyone Orchestra does just that.
The Everyone Orchestra plays at 7 p.m. April 26, The Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. This will be the group's first performance at the Sherman.
Bringing in the spring and summer season is Act 1's production of "Hansel and Gretel," through April 30, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
The well-known story by the Brothers Grimm, adapted by Vera Morris, begins with Hansel and Gretel at home and very hungry. A pitcher of cream their mother plans to use to make pudding for dinner that night becomes too tempting for Hansel, and he proceeds to drink half of it and then accidently spills the other half on the floor.
Nashville is roughly 800 miles away, but at 8 p.m. April 25 it will be as near as the Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St., Macungie. "Bringing Nashville North: Writers In The Round" showcases four acclaimed singer-songwriters in an intimate setting.
The Writers In The Round concert host is this year's Listen Live Music, Inc. Artist-in-Residence, songwriter Craig Bickhardt, who will be joined in the round (true, Nashville Bluebird style in the center of the room) by David Mowry (of Beaucoup Blue), Camela Widad and Rachael Sage. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
If I ever craved recognition
It was never without the fear of distortion
I could never quite remember her face
Except for the quiet hum of her sleeping eyelids
Wherever lay the dreaming form
there was never peace in her aftermath
We walked through mud and childhood
Barefoot, tiny hands clasped tightly
A flood town cradling the very spirit of us
Could not alone withstand the shake and stomp
of the creatures in our heads
So the floodgates will open
So let us be released
Age 14, Grade 9
A thunderstorm is like a loud voice sounding through the night.
The light it makes is like a night light going on and off.
It is darker than macadam in the night.
It cracks and smacks like a baseball hitting a bat.
It is higher than a plane can go in the sky.
It is here and there quicker than light.
If the light hits you, it stings like a bear bite.
It is feared like a warrior.
the patter patter puts me out like a baby.
The rain is soft like a baby's skin.
Age 11, Grade 5
For those who've always wanted to learn to dance but felt intimidated or don't want to commit to it, The Gas House Dance Hall offers a variety of classes, social and live events to encourage everybody to get on their feet and dance.
"We wanted to create a space where very non-intimidating, non-judgmental atmosphere where people can learn to dance," said Hannah Nour, cofounder of The Gas House Dance Hall, 311 Front St., Catasauqua.
To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 10th annual Student Poetry Project.
Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages online for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.
Students whose poems are published on this page read their poems and were interviewed April 20 on "Lehigh Valley Arts Salon," WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Radio, 88.1 FM, wdiy.org.
The Allentown Arts Commission and the City of Allentown will celebrate the extraordinary impact of the arts on Allentown and the broader Lehigh Valley community when it presents the 27th Annual Allentown Arts Ovation Awards in a revitalized and re-imagined ceremony, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. May 14.
After moving to the Palace Center on the east side of Allentown for the last several years, the ceremony returns to Allentown's City Center to the Renaissance Hotel at PPL Center, which in itself has become an epicenter for the revitalized downtown.
First there were eight
We called ourselves great
And nothing could keep us apart
Then Max left the table
Said we weren't stable
So it wasn't a very good start
Then there were seven
The table still heaven
You know that's what I always thought
Then Mike left his chair
And gave us a glare
He told us we constantly fought
So there were six
Nothing we couldn't fix
And we were all doing just fine
But Chris moved away
So he couldn't stay
Just left without giving a sign
Then we were five