What’s best about the Bach Festival of Bethlehem is its surety of purpose, its certainty of artistry, its expectation and fulfillment of inspiration.
The 110th Bethlehem Bach Festival, continuing May 19 and 20 with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Festival Orchestra and world-renowned soloists, is billed as a celebration of the human voice.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra
Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director and Conductor
Festival soloists: Agnes Zsigovics, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; William Sharp, baritone; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Dashon Burton, bass
Festival artist-in-residence: Tricia van Oers, recorder
Guest artists: Doug Roysdon & Mock Turtle Marionette Theater
Pre-concert performances: Festival Brass Choir, Suzuki Violin Program of the Lehigh Valley
Friday, May 19
“Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” brings the usual crew of galactic misfits back for an entertaining mix of 1970s-era mix-tape music, galactic shenanigans and a summer movie season of bountiful quips.
The best part, though, is that writer-director James Gunn was to the movie superhero spoof genre born (writer-director, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” 2014; “Super,” 2010; “Slither,” 2006; writer, “Dawn of the Dead,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo,” 2002; “The Specials,” 2000; “Tromeo & Juliet,” 1996).
“Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning epic play in two parts that explores homosexuality and the human side of the AIDS epidemic in the context of the social and political realities of the 1980s.
This month, Civic Theatre of Allentown is marking the 20th anniversary of its 1997 production of “Angels” with back-to-back performances of “Parts One and Two,” with both parts concluding May 20.
The 19th annual “City Arts Cultural Camp for Kids” takes place June 26 - 30. This fantastic opportunity is open to youngsters ages of 7 - 10.
The camp, a collaborative project of the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Symphony Association, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, and Repertory Dance Theatre, allows campers to learn about the arts while participating in activities and classes at each one of these Allentown arts nonprofits.
It was the “War to End All Wars.”
It was “The Great War.”
It was “World War I.”
World War 1 was waged from July 28, 1914, until Nov. 11, 1918.
The First World War Centenary is observed in 2017 in the United States, which on April 6, 1917, joined Britain, France and Russia to fight Germany.
A new event for fun-loving, fashion-forward women in the Lehigh Valley is “Fashionistas Foodies and Fun,” 5:30 - 8 p.m. May 11 in the Rodale Room at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
“This is going to be a trunk show, a taste of spring,” Elena Pascal, owner of Boutiquetogo, Allentown, says. “With food and drinks and five premier New York designers showing and selling their new products, there has never been anything like this in the Lehigh Valley.”
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, May 10: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cookie.
Thursday, May 11: Turkey w / gravy, biscuit, peas & carrots, Mandarin oranges.
Friday, May 12: Chicken Caesar salad, oatmeal cookie, fresh fruit.
Monday, May 15: Pulled pork, vegetable medley; peaches.
Tuesday, May 16: Crab cake, roasted potatoes, diced beets.
Wednesday, May 17: Barbecued chicken, lentils, carrots, tropical fruit.
Thursday, May 18: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Asian vegetables, angel food cake with strawberries.
For many students, the “Young Playwrights’ Festival” may be the best way to present their creative talent to their peers.
“The schools look at their students a little differently,” explains Mary Wright, Young Playwrights’ Lab coordinator.
“They may not always be as successful in a classroom setting, but they really flourish in this program. So, seeing teachers and principals get it, that’s exciting for them, and for us.”
“America’s First Ladies” is the subject of a Mother’s Day Celebration, 1 p.m. May 13, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
“This is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day and to learn about a fascinating chapter of American history,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.
The presentation is about the public and private lives of iconic First Ladies. A First Ladies Trivia Contest will be held. After the program, participants may taste a favorite White House treat with hot tea and coffee.