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Friday, December 6, 2019

Vienna Boys Choir brings centuries of tradition to Miller Symphony Hall

Friday, October 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

They’ve sung for kings and emperors and worked with famous composers from Mozart to Britten. They’re been featured in films, released dozens of CDs and graced notable venues like Carnegie Hall.

Now the Vienna Boys Choir, world-renowned for their angelic voices, will perform Oct. 25 in Allentown.

The choir of boys age 10-14 who sing exquisite harmonies in unchanged voices, will bring “Journey Through the Americas,” a program of eclectic music from the middle ages to the present, to Miller Symphony Hall.

Northampton County senior menus 10-23

Friday, October 25, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit

Wednesday, October 23: Orange juice, Chicken Kiev, rice pilaf, Scandanavian vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, blueberry fluff.

Thursday, October 24: Potato crusted cod, garlic potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes w/shallots, wheat bread w/margarine, fresh pineapple tidbits.

Friday, October 25: Cranberry juice, Italian hoagie, macaroni salad, fresh seedless grapes, peanut butter cookie.

The Family Project: Picky-eater

Friday, October 25, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Our five-year old son is a picky-eater. I am thinking about making him the food that he wants. My husband is against this and wants him to eat what I make for us. What is the best way to handle this?

Panelists Chad Stefanyak and Mike Ramsey agreed that this is a very common problem.

“Everyone thinks their five-year-olds are picky-eaters,” Stefanyak said, “and this argument between parents probably occurs in many households.”

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players’ most unusual ‘Club’

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The title of “The Suicide Club” might be off-putting, but the Crowded Kitchen Players’ original play, continuing at 8 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and 8 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 and 4 p.m. Nov. 17, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, is thought-provoking and intriguing.

That’s because of the production’s commendable performances and a detailed script, written by Ara Barlieb, who directs the play. “The Suicide Club” is most unusual, unlike just about any play you will experience on the Lehigh Valley stage.

Movie Review: The ‘Joker’ is wild

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The ‘Joker” is wild.

The reboot, or origin story, of the arch-villain from the DC Comics’ “Batman” franchise, is a tour de force.

While the movie jettisons the article “the” in the name of the character and the movie’s title, it retains the menace.

The Joker is a villain, created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, who first appeared in the “Batman” DC Comics debut, April 25, 1940.

Stefano Greco hopes to inspire audiences

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Stefano Greco hopes to inspire the audiences who come to his concerts by helping them get to know composers.

“Understanding music goes together with understanding the composer and the meaning behind his music,” says the renowned Italian concert pianist.

Greco returns to the Lehigh Valley, bringing his unique approach and style to Miller Symphony Hall for the first performance in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s “Chamber On Stage,” 2 p.m. Oct. 20.


Sunday, October 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Michael J. Sr. and Carol A. Tenuto of Claussville, Lowhill Township, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 25, 2019, with family and friends at the VFW, Ocean View, Del.

They were married Aug. 23, 1969, in the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena, Allentown. The Rev. Joseph W. Bucolo, cousin of the groom, performed the ceremony.

Mike and Carol have two children: a son, Michael Jr., of Orefield, North Whitehall Township, and a daughter, Ann Marie Higgins, married to Scott, both of Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

Command performance: Theatre of Early Music ‘Coronation’ fit for a king at Bach Choir annual gala

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

See Bach season: Page B6

Anyone who loves the television shows, “Downton Abbey” (and now the movie) and “The Crown,” or follows the British Royal Family, won’t want to miss the American premiere of “The Coronation of King George II,” a theatrical and musical recreation of the crowning of the British king in 1727 in London’s Westminster Abbey.

The 3 p.m. Oct. 26 event, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Gala Concert, is presented by Canada’s Theatre of Early Music, in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in center city Allentown.

Northampton County senior menus

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit

Wednesday, October 16: Octoberfest menu: Grilled bratwurst, potato pancake, Bavarian cole slaw, rye bread w/ margarine, apple turnover.

Thursday, October 17: Veal parmigiana over vermicelli, California vegetable blend, Italian bread w/ margarine, fresh fruit cup.

Friday, October 18: Apple juice, smoked turkey, salami and provolone cheese on a roll, cucumber - sour cream salad, tropical fruit.

Innovation, tradition guides Funfgeld in Bach Choir 122nd season

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s 122nd season is marked by “innovation and new ideas steeped in tradition,” says Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir artistic director and conductor.

The season, which culminates with an international tour to Bachfest in Leipzig Germany in June, highlights the impact music has in everyone’s lives, in the past and as a guide toward the future.

“Our strength is that we have not been afraid of innovation, but yet stay connected to our roots,” Funfgeld says of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.