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Bach reimagined: Renowned Bethlehem Choir marries tradition, innovation for 110th edition of Festival

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the 34 years that Greg Funfgeld has been artistic director and conductor of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, he’s found new ways to showcase the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Leipzig cantor whose music, you might say, “baroque” through to lay the foundation for classical music.

“We’re always thinking about how we want to present Bach’s music and how to engage and how to intrigue the listener,” Funfgeld says.

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

12th on 13th:Touchstone Young Playwrights’ Festival celebrates its 12th year as local students, community members, and professionals showcase new plays written by elementary, middle, and high school students, May 13, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Cente. Young Playwrights’ Lab is an eight-week arts and literacy residency developed by Touchstone Theatre and the Bethlehem Area School District. Through improvisation, writing exercises, and collaborative critique, each student writes an original one-act play. Above, a scene from one of last year’s plays.

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, May 10- Mother’s Day meal: Chicken Marsala, orzo with spinach, seasoned miniature carrots, wheat roll with margarine, strawberry crème shortcake.

Thursday, May 11: Orange juice, fried haddock sandwich with lettuce-tomato-tartar sauce, cole slaw, ambrosia.

Friday, May 12: Vegetable juice, smoked sausage, grilled potatoes with egg, three bean salad, fresh biscuit with margarine, apple walnut crumb cake.

Review: ‘The Circle’

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Will “The Circle” be unbroken?

Based on the ambiguous conclusion of the movie, “The Circle” is broken.

The up-to-the-minute examination of the cyberworld we live in stars Emma Watson. Shedding her Hermione Granger robes of the “Harry Potter” movies, Watson plays Mae, a smart twentysomething who becomes a valued employee of The Circle. It’s a Google-Facebook-Twitter Silicon Valley, Calif., social media company that seeks to make the world a better place through “transparency.”

Healthy Geezer: surgeons

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I’m having surgery and I’m afraid that the doctor will operate on the wrong side of my body. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

Absolutely. Ask your surgeon to mark the site of the operation. Some surgical organizations recommend that their members use a marking pen on patients. Don’t be reluctant to request this service to make your surgery safe.

Theater Review:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic’s ‘Angels’ lands

Watching the opening night performance of “Angels in America: Part One: Millennium Approaches” at Civic Theatre of Allentown was a jarring reminder of just how tumultuous was the decade of the 1980s, and how little we have progressed nearly 40 years later.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directed the award-winning play in 1997, as well as this production 20 years later at Civic, which is highlighted by superb acting, brilliant staging and a masterful script.

Movie review: ‘Born in China’

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For fans of Disneynature films, documentaries and the great outdoors, “Born in China” is a must-see.

This and other Disneynature films hark back to Disney’s “True-Life Adventures” series (1948 - 1960) and Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” TV show (hosted by Marlin Perkins,1963 to 1985, and now a web series) and are a nostalgia nature trip for Baby Boomers and parents and are a fine introduction to the splendors, realities and mysteries of nature for children and grandchildren.

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 3: Honey mustard chicken, roasted potatoes, vegetable, mini muffin.

Thursday, May 4: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, broccoli, banana.

Friday, May 5: Meatball sub w/tomato sauce, wax beans, warm peach crisp.

Monday, May 8: Steak, cheddar grits, mixed vegetables, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, May 9: Smoked sausage, lentils, carrots, pineapple.

Wednesday, May 10: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cookie.

Thursday, May 11: Turkey w / gravy, biscuit, peas & carrots, Mandarin oranges.

Better ‘Angels’: Civic presents 20th anniversary production of landmark Tony, Pulitzer Prize-winning play

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

William Sanders saw the writing on the wall.

Or, more accurately, he saw the poster on the wall.

“I was trying to think of a play for the end of season. Somebody else was doing one play. And we couldn’t get the rights to another.

“And I was sitting in my office. And I looked at the poster of ‘Angels in America.’ And I realized it would be the 20th anniversary of Civic’s production. And I thought, ‘Why don’t we do that?’”