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STEELSTACKS

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Tours offered

SteelStacks Art and Architecture Tours, presented by Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites and ArtsQuest, are being given 11 a.m. Fridays - Sundays.

The tours start at the former 1863 Stock House, now a Visitor Center for the City of Bethlehem.

Included on the 75-minute tour, led by former Bethlehem Steel workers or guides who had family and friends who worked at "The Steel," are examples of significant buildings erected as far back as the 1860s.

The tour is an addition to another SteelStacks tour, "The Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel."

To Grover Washington Jr. with jazz

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Producer, arranger, composer and keyboardist Jason Miles has been bringing audiences to their feet at jazz festivals all over the United States with "To Grover with Love," a tribute to the music of Grover Washington Jr., which will be presented during RiverJazz, 8:30 p.m. May 24, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.

Chick Corea and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are two of the many acts in the 2013 RiverJazz presented by Concannon Miller, May 9 - 24.

Playing 'Allentown' in Allentown

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

Pops go the Billy Joel, Elton John hits at Symphony

I don't know if Billy Joel did us a favor or not when he wrote the famous "Allentown" song, but either way you view it, he put the city of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley on the map.

Just last week, as I was traveling, conducting concerts, someone asked me if I conducted the orchestra in the city of Allentown that Billy Joel had written the song about.

SYMPHONY POPS

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Parkland grad to sing duet

Muhlenberg College sophomore Morgan Reilly will be featured in the Elton John-Kiki Dee duet for "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" during "Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy" Allentown Symphony Pops concert, 8 p.m. May 11, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Reilly, a 2011 Parkland High School graduate, has appeared on stage at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Muhlenberg College, Cedar Crest College and Bucks County Playhouse.

THEATER REVIEW Civic's 'Next to Normal' is anything but

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Next To Normal" is certainly not your normal musical.

It defies the conventions of traditional Broadway fare in several ways.

"Next to Normal," through May 19, Civic Theatre of Allentown, has very few spoken words of dialogue. The story is advanced through songs 17 in act one and 20 (including five reprises) in act two, for a total of 37 production numbers.

This is about double the number of songs in a typical musical. "Chicago," for example, has 11 songs in act one and seven songs (with no reprises) in act two, for a total of 17 production numbers.

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.