Northwestern Press

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Allentown Symphony ‘Inside the Score’ unveils world premiere

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you’ve ever wanted to know how a classical piece of music is created, developed and brought to the concert stage, you won’t want to miss “Inside the Score: A New Cello Concerto” by Matthew Quayle, with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra featuring cello soloist Jameson Platte, 7:30 p.m. May 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

“Matt Quayle, the composer, is good friends with Jameson Platte, our principal cellist,” says Diane Wittry, Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director and...

Night on the Town: Steve Brosky working on his Tavern Tan at Godfrey’s

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Steve Brosky has been working on his tan, as in Tavern Tan, for a double bill, “Tough Tales & Rock Solid Saloon Songs,” 8 p.m. May 23, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

“Godfrey’s is a staple here in the Lehigh Valley. It’s a real gem,” Brosky says.

Tavern Tan is Doug Ashby, guitar, vocals; Andrew Brubaker, guitar, vocals; Tom Aczel, harmonica, vocals; Bill Melcher, bass, and Dave Joachim, drums, vocals.

“Doug [Ashby] has been part of the Lehigh Valley music scene for many...

2019 Freddy nominations list

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Here’s the list of the 2019 Freddy Awards nominations:

Orchestra

Bangor Area, “Mamma Mia!”

Easton Area, “Oklahoma!”

Freedom, “Anything Goes”

Nazareth Area, “Curtains”

Parkland, “Curtains”

Phillipsburg, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”

Saucon Valley, “Curtains”

Southern Lehigh, “Les Misérables: School Edition”

Warren Hills Regional, “The Addams Family”

Scenery

Bangor Area, “Mamma Mia!”

Dieruff, “Once on...

Movie Review: ‘Red’ all over

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Red Joan” is an odd little film worth seeing for several fine performances and a retelling of an apparently little-known World War II and Cold War era spy case.

The film has the potential of a Hitchcockian thriller, not unlike director Alfred Hitchcock’s spy thriller, “Saboteur” (1942).

Though it doesn’t square the circle in fulfilling the dramtic arc of the classic Hitchcock film, “Red Joan” is of interest to fans of spy thrillers, World War II history buffs and those who...

2019 Freddy Awards nominations

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Nominations for the 2019 Freddy Awards were announced May 9 during a live broadcast of “69 News at Noon” on WFMZ-TV.

Of 155 Freddy nominatons, Bangor received the most with 16 Freddy nominations.

Freedom was next with 14 Freddy nominations, followed by Emmaus, 13 nominations; Nazareth, 13 nominations, Parkland, 12 nominations, and Easton, 12 nominations.

Rehearsals for the opening number of the live broadcast featuring four students from each of the 30 participating...

Gečytė, Perla return for sixth ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Viktorija Gečytė and the Gene Perla Trio are making their sixth appearance in the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The 7:30 p.m. May 17 concert is part of the group’s 11th annual tour. After Lehigh Valley and New York area concerts, the group heads to the Bay Area. Then it’s off to Europe where the ensemble plans to make a recording.

Gečytė, a native of Lithuania, has been performing since age five. She was a scholarship...

Lehigh County senior menus

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 15: Beef stew, buttered noodles, broccoli and cauliflower, apple.

Thursday, May 16: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, oriental vegetable, banana, wheat bread.

Friday, May 17: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, fruit cocktail.

Monday, May 20: Chicken croquette, roasted potatoes, carrots, pineapple, wheat bread.

Tuesday, May 21: Low salt baked ham with maple mustard, whipped sweet potato, Brussels...

Growing Green: ‘Mulch volcano’

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Overmulching landscape trees is common.

This is most obvious when mulch extends up the trunk, smothering the root flare and root zone.

This practice, known as “volcano mulching,” results in a “mulch volcano,” and is never recommended and should not be utilized.

As beneficial as mulch is, too much mulch is harmful.

Deep mulch may suppress weeds, but it wastes time and money and can cause major health problems that lead to tree decline and possibly death.

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The Family Project: Discuss dog’s illness

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My wife and I adopted a lovable mutt before we started our family. Our children have not known life without Sheba. However, the dog has developed multiple health issues in her old age, and we are holding off making decisions about putting her to rest because we don’t know how the children, ages 5 and 3, will handle it. We don’t want the dog to suffer, but we don’t want our children to be sad, either. What is the best way to handle this?

“Dying, whether people or animals, is a way...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“The Moment” is now: Viktorija Gečytė with Gene Perla Trio is on the 11th annual tour, “In The Moment,” including 7:30 p.m. May 17, “Jazz Upstairs,” Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. In addition to Gečytė, vocals, performing will be Gene Perla, double bass; Edsel Gomez, piano, and Adam Nussbaum, drums. Gečytė, a native of Lithuania, attended Lafayette College on a scholarship, and performed at New York jazz clubs. In 2008, she moved to Paris where she performs regularly...