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CONCERT REVIEW The music of Bach abides in Bethlehem

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem was forged by Bethlehem Steel Corp. chieftain Charles M. Schwab who lured J. Fred Wolle back from a University of California professorship to again lead the choir in 1911, with the Bethlehem Bach Festival resuming the next year in Packer Church, Lehigh University.

Wolle had rehearsed and conducted The Bach Choir of Bethlehem's first American performance of Bach's The Mass in B Minor in 1900 in Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem.

THEATER REVIEW PYT 'Flat Stanley' deserves big stamp of approval

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

To see the world for the price of a postage stamp is a great benefit if you can fold yourself flat, as Stanley Lambchop finds out in a musical romp around the world.

Pennsylvania Youth Theatre's production of "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley," directed by Bill Mutimer, through May 19, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, Sand Island, Bethlehem, deserves a big stamp of approval. Timothy Allen McDonald adapted Jeff Brown's classic children's story, "Flat Stanley," for the children's theater show.

Many benefits to eating whole grains

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. My wife insists on buying nothing but crunchy brown bread because she says it is good for us. I'm a bit skeptical about this and suspect we are victims of hype to sell this kind of bread. What do you think?

I'm presuming that your wife wants to get whole grain bread to put more fiber into your diet.

Whole grains are cereal grains that include the bran, the germ and the core of the kernel known as the endosperm. Bran is a tough, fibrous outer layer, which is a source of fiber.

Bach schedule

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The second weekend of the 106th Bethlehem Bach Festival is May 10, 11, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Greg Funfgeld, artistic director, conducts the 100 volunteer singers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra.

Internationally-acclaimed soloists for this year's Festival are Kendra Colton, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Christòpheren Nomura, bass; William Sharp, baritone; and Daniel Taylor, countertenor.

When buying plants, consider life cycle

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by The Press in Focus

As you go to the garden center and are looking to buy some plants, keep their life cycles in mind.

If you want something that you don't have to plant each year, don't buy annuals.

Here are tips that will help you buy the kind of plants that you want for your flower garden.

Plants are classified by the number of growing seasons required to complete their life cycle. Generally, these groups are annuals, biennials and perennials.

Annuals will provide continuous blooms throughout the growing season.

Biennials provide blooms during their second year of growth.

Monumental event in Catasauqua

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Dedication of the George Taylor House Monument, presented by Lehigh County in celebration of its 200th anniversary, is 1 - 4 p.m. May 5, opening day, George Taylor House 35 S. Front St., Catasauqua.

Events include:

Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 Honor Guard salute;

Sheckler Elementary School Band performance, 2 p.m.;

George Taylor House guided tours 2 - 4 p.m.;

May Day Maypole dances and crafts for children, 3 p.m.;

Springtime arts and crafts

Hickory Grove plant sale

Food and beverage vendors

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"8th Annual Young Playwright's Festival and Gala" 7 p.m. May 18, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. touchstone.org, 484-767-2456

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 12:30 p.m. May 2; Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of DeSales University, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192

Help 'Create a Symphony' at Miller Symphony Hall

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Have you ever blown across the top of a bottle, or tapped a rhythm on a coffee can or the bottom of a pot? How about shaking a bottle of seeds or beans, or blowing on a straw? All around us, there are everyday objects that you can use to make music.

The Allentown Symphony presents "Create a Symphony," this season's Family Concert, 2 p.m. May 5, Miller Symphony Hall. For this concert, I wanted to show how you can make musical instruments out of a variety of household items.