Paul Byrom is known as Ireland's premier tenor and is a former soloist with the Irish music group Celtic Thunder. Now solo, he performs a show of traditional Irish music, 7:30 p.m. March 14, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.
Though Byrom very much enjoyed his run with the popular Celtic Thunder, he was ready to go solo.
Repertory Dance Theatre presents "An Evening of Dance," 7 p.m. March 15, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown, featuring performances by the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Totts Gap, DM Dance Company, and the Artistic Director of the famed The Joffrey Concert Group of New York.
"An Evening of Dance" has something for everyone, from classical ballet, contemporary, modern, to theatrical jazz performed to music just as diverse, including Shostakovich, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Elvis Presley.
Last fall, Trisha Mae Samuel of Emmaus attended a march to support her sister, Jen Samuel, in Washington, D.C. It was the International March for Elephants, to advocate on behalf of endangered elephants around the world, to the legislators on Capitol Hill.
Samuel saw a connection since her 18-month-old daughter Adaline's nursery was painted a design of yellow elephants.
Samuel's awakening experience continued as she began to research and study the life of elephants.
Flamenco soul: In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Flamenco Vivo, above, presents "The Soul of Flamenco," 8 p.m. March 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The company features an all-star cast of Spanish dancers and musicians in newly-created pieces and a restaging of "Luz y Sombra," an early work by Roberto Lorca, company co-founder, along with Carlota Santana. The program encompasses traditional Flamenco, originating from Andalusia, a province in southern Spain. Flamenco was influenced by the Arabic, Judaic and gypsy cultures.
With passion, intense emotion and intricate virtuoso guitar playing and footwork, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana presents "The Soul of Flamenco," 8 p.m. March 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
The program encompasses traditional Flamenco, originating from Andalusia, a province in southern Spain. Flamenco was influenced by Arabic, Judaic and the gypsy cultures. Flamenco is about rich, expressive and percussive music, dance and song with foot stomping, clapping and castanets.
Submissions are now being accepted for the ninth annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 23 and 24 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.
The 86th Academy Awards are over. The Oscars have been handed out. However, many of the movies that received Oscars are still playing in theaters.
First, though, here's the winner in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section "Readers Pick the Oscars" contest ... the envelope (and-or email), please:
Mary Heber of Catasauqua.
A raging beast, talking furniture and a fairy-tale ending will enchant theater-goers when "Beauty and the Beast" plays 7 p.m. March 19, 20, 21 and 2, 7 p.m. March 22 and 23 in the auditorium of Emmaus High School, 500 Macungie Avenue, Emmaus.
The musical is directed by Jill Kuebler. Music director is Rita Cortez.
The show is based on the 1991 animated feature film by Walt Disney Pictures, which received Oscars for its title song and score.
The musical, nominated for nine Tonys, is Broadway's eighth longest-running musical with 5,461 performances (1994 - 2007).
Hope and resourcefulness meet the challenges of 19th century dreariness and squalor in a London poorhouse when "Oliver!" is presented at 7 p.m. March 20, 21, 22 in the auditorium of Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.
The musical is directed by Mark McKenna. Music director is Allen Frank. Vocal director is Gayle Justice.
With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals, leading up to the annual Freddy awards at the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its preview series.