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Auditions

Friday, September 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

YOUNG MUSICIANS

Young musicians ages 6 to 18 are invited to audition for The Young Musicians Club of Allentown.

Auditions will be held during the club’s first meeting, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Zentz Hall, Fellowship Community Center, 3000 Fellowship Drive, Whitehall.

Prospective members who sing or play a musical instrument may audition by performing two pieces, one by memory. To be eligible, members must be taking private music lessons.

The Young Musicians Club is...

Respectfully Yours: Keep it civil

Friday, September 14, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I work in a chain drug store in a small community. From time to time, we have employee meetings. I encounter some pretty rude behavior at these meetings, including gum-chewing and interrupting. I am appalled by my colleagues’ disrespectful behavior. Since I am middle-aged, perhaps my ways are just old fashioned and outdated. What do you think?

Dear Reader,

I don’t think your ways are old-fashioned or outdated. Good manners are key to successful...

Allentown Marine Band in step for ‘Pennsylvania March’ debut

Friday, September 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

There aren’t many compositions commemorating the Keystone State.

Sure, Pennsylvania has the “Pennsylvania Polka,” written by Zeke Manners and recorded in 1942 by The Andrews Sisters.

Another song mentioning the state, “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” with music by Jerry Gray and lyrics by Carl Sigman and recorded in 1940 by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, is actually based on the phone number of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

Pennsylvania does have an official state song...

Defining Zen music 101 in ‘Jazz Upstairs’ series

Friday, September 14, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

If I speak of Zen, it won’t be Zen I’m speaking of.

That statement applies equally to Zen Buddhism and to the delightful mix of jazz, pop, classical, and world music produced by Mike Krisukas and Friends.

Krisukas, along with both old and new band-mates, reprises the music of Zen For Primates plus some new music in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Of the music, Krisukas says, “There really is not a...

Ziggy Marley brings voice of love to Penn’s Peak

Friday, September 14, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

As a son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley’s concert, 8 p.m. Sept. 16, is set to bring his message of love to the stage with songs about social, political and personal topics.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica and the eldest son of Bob Marley, Ziggy and his siblings, Stephen, Cedella and Sharon, formed Ziggy and the Melody Makers in 1981 after their father died.

The first song the siblings recorded, “Children Playing In The Streets,” was written by their father. Their 1988...

Healthy Geezer: Highways to health?

Friday, September 14, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Isn’t living in the country healthier than living in the city?

I don’t think there’s a definitive answer to that question. My first reaction to this inquiry was that life in the country is much healthier. It seemed obvious because of the crime, pollution, crowding and stress of the city.

However, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), a national nonprofit organization, gave me some surprising information that made me rethink my answer.

Here are some of the...

Movie Review: ‘Searching’ for a movie

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Technological devices have often been plot devices in movies.

Film-makers Auguste and Louis Lumière scared the heck out of audiences in 1896 with their 50-second-long silent film, “L’Arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat” (“Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat’).

Director William A. Wellman’s 1927 feature film about World War I fighter planes, “Wings,” received the first best-picture Oscar.

“The Story of Alexander Graham Bell,” released in 1939 and starring Don Ameche as...

A 9/11 remembrance: Straight on till morning

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by SUSANNAH BIANCHI in Focus

The journalist Mary McGrory, when she couldn’t bring herself to write about John Kennedy’s funeral, said, “In the presence of great grief and emotion, write short sentences.”

I am always humbled to remember the fallen, those who didn’t come home on the 11th of September, 2001. I was living on the same block as the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home then, and I can still hear the sound of bagpipes mewling in the early morning as another firefighter or policeman was laid to rest.

I...

Concert Review: Elton John ‘Yellow Brick Road’ farewell all you could imagine and more at PPL Center, Allentown

Monday, September 10, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For Elton John, “Farewell Yellow Brick Road - The Final Tour” began Sept. 8, 2018, in Allentown, no less, at the PPL Center, where the superstar and his band, staff and crew holed up for nearly a week to assemble, rehearse and present what is a spectacular retrospective of the iconic pop-rock singer-performer-composer’s 50-year career.

The 24-song, 2-hour, 40 min. concert (by my count) was, by turns, intimate (Sir Elton’s chatty introductions to nearly every song), gargantuan (the...

Article By: DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

‘Zarathustra’ has a lot to say

for Allentown Symphony fans

With the start of September comes the start of another Allentown Symphony Orchestra season.

The professional orchestra performs pops and classical concerts from September through May at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Whatever we are performing, it is always a lot of fun for myself, musicians, and audience.

This year, we begin the season in a very dramatic way. Many people remember director Stanley...