Northwestern Press

Friday, February 15, 2019

Icing on the ice at PPL Center: Reading native living the dream as ‘Disney’ skater

Friday, January 25, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Figure skater and Reading native, Leocadia Lellig, joins the spectacular wonderland of “Disney On Ice,” where she’s performing for audiences across the United States.

The exuberant and talented Lellig graduated from Exeter Township High School and was accepted to The Pennsylvania State University.

She auditioned for “Disney on Ice,” and to her delight, was chosen in the summer of 2018. Lellig began touring in September and has put her college career on a hold while she lives a dream that began when she was four.

Billy Strings connects with bluegrass roots

Friday, January 25, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Billy Strings is a phenomenon, and one of the most popular young bluegrass guitarists today.

Billy Strings opens for Greensky Bluegrass, 8 p.m. Jan 31, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Rolling Stone named him one of the Top 10 “New Country Artists to Know” in 2017, and in 2018 published an article hailing him as “one of the latest breakneck guitar pickers to emerge in the bluegrass world.”

50 years of ‘Nutcracker’: Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley adds to costumes sets, brings dancers old and new to classic

Friday, December 14, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Celebrating the 50th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” the longest-running “Nutcracker” in the Lehigh Valley, the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet brings this glorious holiday ballet to Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem, 1 and 4 p.m. Dec 15 and and 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

A 50th “Nutcracker Celebration” takes place after the Dec. 16 performance at Hotel Bethlehem. The honorary chair for the celebration is Dr. Joseph Roy, superintendent of Bethlehem Area School District.

RDT’s ‘Nutcracker’ grows with each passing season

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The beloved holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” will be performed by Repertory Dance Theatre of the Lehigh Valley, 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Miller Symphony Hall, accompanied by the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra under direction of Ronald Demkee, and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Choir, conducted by David Macbeth.

Audiences delight in the classic tale of young Clara, who receives a magical wooden nutcracker, travels to the “Land of Sweets,” meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and watches the Prince’s battle with the Mouse King.

Moscow Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ promotes peace, harmony

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Praised as a breathtaking and lavish holiday experience, the Moscow Ballet presents “The Great Russian Nutcracker,” 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 9, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The technically-superb dancers of the Moscow Ballet, trained in the Vaganova method, are hand-chosen from around the world. With 40 dancers, stunning choreography, beautiful hand-painted sets, a magical winged clock and 60-foot Christmas tree, the spectacular production is an event not to be missed.

Slightly Stoopid smart in managing

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Slightly Stoopid, an eclectic band founded in 1994, makes its Penn’s Peak debut at 7 p.m. Nov. 17.

“Most of the guys still live in the San Diego area,” says drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran, who has been with the band since 2003, says in a phone interview. “But we have a few band members who live in the Northeast, one in Connecticut and one in Boston. So, we’re kind of bi-coastal at this point.”

State Theatre to iLuminate

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

With an unprecedented blend of dance, storytelling and technology, iLuminate is a phenomenon that has catapulted the unique dance troupe to fame. Described by critics as “groundbreaking” and “jaw-dropping,” this remarkable glow-in-the-dark performance is exhilarating for all ages.

iLuminate performs at 5 p.m. Sept. 23, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Screen screams: Allentown Band to accompany 1925 ‘Phantom Of The Opera’

Friday, August 17, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Allentown Band is the oldest civilian concert band in the United States. Since its first documented performance on July 4, 1828, and now celebrating its 190th year, the band preserves the tradition and heritage of musical Americana.

The Allentown Band is recognized worldwide, having appeared on television and radio and being featured in four European concert tours. The band distributes an ongoing recording project, “Our Band Heritage,” that has reached listeners in the U.S. and 23 countries.

An ‘Enchanted’ ‘Dream’: Lehigh Valley Ballet Guild presents Shakespeare classic and new work

Friday, June 1, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The comedy and misadventures written by Shakespeare, and some of Grimm’s beloved fairytale characters, will appear in the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Enchanted Woods,” 7 p.m. June 1, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem.

The Machine more than Pink Floyd tribute band

Friday, April 6, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Machine, a Pink Floyd tribute band in its 30th year, has sold out theaters and clubs across North and Central America, Europe and Asia, and appeared at music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Gathering of the Vibes, and Germany’s “Rock of Ages.”

“The Machine: America’s Premiere Live Pink Floyd Experience” stops at 8 p.m. April 6, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Expect to hear a mix of Pink Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, including faithful renditions of popular hits and obscure gems. States Spin magazine: The Machine “sounds exactly like Pink Floyd.”