With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals,
leading up to the annual Freddy awards at the State
Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press
Focus section concludes its preview series.
The Moscow String Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. April 17, Faith United Church of Christ, 5992 Route 378 South, Center Valley.
The prize-winning group was formed four decades ago in the Soviet Union.
The program: Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2; Mozart String Quartet No. 16 in Eb Major, K. 428, and Schnittke String Quartet No. 2
Information: chambermusiccmsob.org, 610 435-7611
"Fame" will be staged at 7 p.m. April 24- and 25 in the auditorium of Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School, 1401 E. Cedar St., Allentown.
"Fame" has a cast of 40 students, including quiet violinist Schlomo (Brandon Matos), fame-obsessed Carmen (Luli Colon), Ms. Sherman (Janaiya Cupid), ambitious actress Serena (Gabriela Galarza), dyslexic dancer Tyrone (Kevon Cody), wise-cracking Joe (Di Anthony Vasquez) and Nick (Chris Esposito).
Director is Julie Valenzuela. Greg Guzevich is Orchestra Conductor.
Elton John and Tim Rice's musical "Aida" is being presented at 7 p.m. April 23 - 25 in the auditorium of Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.
Conflict between Egypt and Ehiopia (Nubia) gives birth to a star-crossed love affair between Aida (Brielle Rivera), the captured princess of Nubia, and Radames (Devon McDowell), captain of the Egyptian army who enslaves her people.
"A Tale Of Two Cities" is being staged at 7:30 p.m. April 23, 24 and 2 p.m. April 25 in the auditorium of Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Bethlehem Township.
The tale of romance and chivalry during "the best and worst of times" features French immigrant Charles Darnay (Josh Mitchell), who returns to his native Paris during the French Revolution only to be imprisoned by the new regime, sentenced to death by guillotine and awaiting his fate in the Bastille.
East meets west, figuratively and literally, in "Journey From The East," a free outdoor performance presented by Touchstone Theatre, 3 p.m. April 18, 19, 25 and 26, Chinese Harmony Pavilion, 200 block (between Taylor and Webster streets), South Bethlehem Greenway, Bethlehem.
The production is billed as "eastern pilgrimage meets western showdown." The performance has a twist for the audience, which won't be revealed here.
"Furious 7" is one wild ride.
If you like action films, the action is, true to the series' titles, fast and furious.
"Furious 7," generically named because it's the seventh in the "Fast And Furious" franchise, reunites the band of brothers and sisters, including Paul Walker, who died in a nonfilm-making related car crash before his scenes were completed for the seventh installment.
In scenes that weren't completed, the image of Paul Walker's head was, through the magic of computer-generated imagery, grafted onto the body of his brother.
Grammy Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band present "Beyond The Bog Road," celebrating the history of Irish immigrants in America through music, story, dance and film as part of the "Wine Down Series," 7 p.m. April 16, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar available.
The Allentown show incorporates 17 hours of high-definition scenes of Ireland and portrays immigrants and their work. Joining her on stage will be Irish dancers from the O'Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance.
The "Journey" continues: Touchstone Theatre continues its two-year project exploring the history and heritage of the Chinese community in the Lehigh Valley and the United States with "Journey from the East," right, a free outdoor performance, 3 p.m. April 18, 19, 25 and 26, Chinese Harmony Pavilion, South Bethlehem Greenway, Bethlehem.
"Journey from the East" is written by Touchstone co-founder Bill George and Touchstone Associate-Moravian College Director of Theatre Christopher Shorr. Touchstone Artistic Director Jp Jordan directs.
George Winston, one of the most recognized pianists in the world, brings his tour to Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, 7:30 p.m. April 15.
"It's great to be back in the area and in Bethlehem," he says in a phone interview.
Winston is expected to play selections from his lastest CD, "Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2 -A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit."
Winston began playing the acoustic piano in 1971 after being inspired by Thomas "Fats" Waller and Teddy Wilson.