"Composing from the Ground Up: The Chaconne Project" may sound like a daunting prospect.
Not for eight student composers whose work will be featured in the annual The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra Family Concert: "The Write Stuff," 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University.
Every work on the program was written by composers under the age of 25, including the young Bach.
Stephanie Gardner wrote her way into film-making.
Gardner, an Emmaus High School, Class of '04, graduate living in New York City, screens seven of her short films, 3 p.m. Jan. 26, The Barrister's Club, 1114 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken for the production of Gardner's next short, "Paris in Winter," set to lens next month in Montreal, Canada. "It's meant to be the antithesis of the typical Paris love story," Gardner says.
Although celebrated tenor Alfie Boe is best-known worldwide as one of Britain's top operatic tenors, he would prefer you think of him as a vocalist.
Proving his versatility again and again, Boe, born Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe, has collaborated with the likes of such diverse performers as Robert Plant, Nick Jonas and former Spice Girl Mel C.
Grab your favorite partner, put on your dancing shoes and swing the night away, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 30, main stage, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
It's a date you won't want to miss when Tommy Igoe, one of the world's most prolific and prominent drummers, performs in concert with his Birdland Big Band.
The Birdland Big Band is made up of 15 of New York City's finest studio musicians, who constantly travel and play with the world's most prestigious music groups when not in the studio.
The visual and the written word are powerful forms of expression individually. "Inspiration, Harmony and the World Within" successfully combines the two artistic mediums with breath taking results. The new book, co-authored by Bethlehem residents, Wendy Smale and Alonzo "Zo" Gross, achieves a spiritual and enlightening one-two punch that leaves one captivated by its message and beauty.
"Silver Linings Playbook" is amazing, entertaining and profound.
Writer-Director David O. Russell draws from life experience to create a compassionate, funny and charming portrayal of Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper), a young man with mental health problems who is trying to get his life back together.
He's released into the care of his Philadelphia area parents, Pat Sr. (Robert De Niro) and Dolores (Jacki Weaver). Pat Jr. only wants to get back with his estranged wife, Nikki. However, Pat Jr. meets a young woman, Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a widow who has her own problems.
Hits Revisted: Creedence Clearwater Revisited, above, performs 8 p.m. Jan. 23, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem. Revisited was formed in 1995 by former Creedence Clearwater Revival members Stu Cook, bass, and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, drums. The group includes John Tristao, lead guitar, lead vocals; Kurt Griffey, lead guitar; and Steve Gunner, guitar, keyboards, harmonica.
Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Readers Pick the Oscar recipients contest for the 85th Academy Awards.
@$: 5 "Amour"
5 "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
5 "Django Unchained"
5 "Les Misérables"
5 "Life of Pi"
5 "Silver Linings Playbook"
5 "Zero Dark Thirty"
@$: 5 Michael Haneke, "Amour"
5 Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
5 Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
5 Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
5 David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Constance Garrow Diamond's "Sustainability in Painting," opens with a reception and talk by Diamond, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Payne Gallery, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Bethlehem, where the exhibit continues through Feb. 17.
The exhibition includes 35 works of art constructed as collage using acrylic-mixed medium on paper. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The exhibition supports Moravian College's "Sustainability In Focus" themed programming for the 2012-13 academic year.
Polly is back: "Artist's Collection," through Feb. 23, Fox Optical & Gallery, 28 E. Third St., Bethlehem, brings the work of Allentown artist Polly Wood, above, back to public view. Wood is showing a range of work, from her well-known large exaggerated-realism portraits of compelling women whose eyes seem to follow you from the canvas to beyond the frame and around the gallery; to new, colorful, fanciful abstracts, to two-dimensional hanging sounding sculptures you can tap with a mallet. Attend next month's First Friday, 7-10 p.m. Feb.