Northwestern Press

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Civic Theatre launches $1.1-mllion ‘Kapital for Kids’ campaign

Friday, November 1, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown patrons heard Broadway tunes from Civic’s brand-new Civic Show Choir and took tours of the second floor of the Nineteenth Street Theatre Oct. 21 when the nonprofit theater kicked off the third and final phase of its capital campaign.

“Kapital for Kids” aims to raise $1.1 million to replace second-floor windows, renovate and modernize the classroom-rehearsal studios and the costume shop, and preserve and weatherize the Ninteenth Street Theatre façade.

Allentown Band to present German music concert for Oktoberfest benefit at Christ Lutheran Church

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

A day after performing at Miller Symphony Hall, the Allentown Band presents a concert of German music as part of an Oktoberfest celebration at Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

“It will be be whole afternoon of music by 19th-century German composers,” says Allentown Band conductor Ronald Demkee. “It will be quite a variety of masterworks.”

The band performs a free concert, 3 p.m. Oct. 27, Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 Hamilton St, Allentown, with a festive Oktoberfest of German food, music and other activities following at 5 p.m. Oct. 27.

Allentown Band member Stephen Reisteter composes original score to accompany silent film classic ‘Nosferatu’ screening at Miller Hall

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

See Oktoberfest concert: Page B5

With perfect timing, just five days before Halloween, “Nosferatu” the original vampire film, comes to Miller Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26.

The Allentown Band will play an original score composed by one of their own to accompany the classic silent film that introduced the concept of a vampire inspired by Bram Stoker’s gothic horror novel “Dracula.”

Universally recognized as one of the greatest horror movies ever made, the 1922 German silent film brings Count Orlok, a terrifying vampire, to the big screen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Renowned organist to concert tour born

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

When Amanda Mole was studying organ at the conservatory, students were told that if they thought they were going to be touring concert performers, they might as well forget about it.

“I knew I wanted to be a concert organist,” she says. “I just never said it out loud.”

Today the 33-year-old is one of the leading concert organists of her generation and the winner of numerous international competitions.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Mole will perform her first Lehigh Valley concert as part of the “Arts at St. John” series at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown.

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.

Broadway legends: Allentown Symphony Pops salutes Sondheim, Webber

Saturday, October 12, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Two of the greatest living composers of Broadway theater music will be honored by the Allentown Symphony Pops by featuring three musical veterans, including a Tony winner and the actor who portrayed the Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” more than 2,000 times.

The “ASO Pops Series,” with the orchestra conducted by Ronald Demkee, presents “The Best of Broadway: A Tribute to Sondheim & Lloyd Webber,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.