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108th Bethlehem Bach Fest combines tradition with the new

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by The Press in Focus

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.

The honeymoon is never over for The Everyone Orchestra

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

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.

Theater Review: 'Hansel and Gretel' a delight at DeSales

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

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.

Dance to her music: Rachael Sage at Macungie Institute

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

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.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by The Press in Focus


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

Olivia Sica

Age 14, Grade 9


Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by The Press in Focus


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.

Wyatt Eichelberger

Age 11, Grade 5

Gas House Hall encourages folks to get up and dance

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by LISA KOCAY in Focus

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.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

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,

An Arts Ovation Renaissance

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by The Press in Focus

27th annual awards presentation goes downtown for evening Allentown soiree

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.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by The Press in Focus

The Lunch Table

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