"Already," alrighty: Claudia Schmidtl, above, performs songs, including "Already," from her new Red House album, "New Whirled Order," at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. It's her first studio album for the Grammy-winning indie label since 2000. The album includes master jazz guitarist Dean Magraw and an ensemble of other great players. Schmidt, with a multi-octave voice, blends folk and jazz idioms. The album marks a return to the national spotlight.
"Hear America": The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents The American Boychoir, above, in "I Hear America Singing," a gala concert and fundraiser, 8 p.m. Nov. 1, Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem. The pre-concert benefactor cocktail reception, dinner and auction takes place in the Hotel Bethlehem Grand Ballroom at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 1. The Boychoir fall national tour features classical and world music, including Bach, Mendelssohn, Gershwin and Lennon and McCartney.
Grand illusion: David Caserta has performed around the country for the last 20 years presenting his unique style of grand illusion. Back by popular demand, his "Haunted Illusions" returns to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Oct. 25, and is sure to be fun for the entire family. Featured in this year's performance are several illusions that Caserta spent up to six years developing. You'll be stunned and amazed as master illusionist Caserta has people levitating, disappearing and reappearing right before your eyes.
"Met Live" season: "The Met: Live in HD," the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions to more than 2,000 theaters in 67 countries, features 10 operas in the 2014 - '15 season, including five new productions in the Met season. The "Live in HD" season begins at 12:55 p.m. Oct. 12, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, with Verdi's "Macbeth," based on Shakespeare's tragedy, starring Anna Netrebko in the vocally and dramatically demanding role of Lady Macbeth.
Zoellner season opener: Lehigh University's Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Grammy Award-winning band Gipsy Kings as its 2014 - '15 season opener, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7. France's most successful musical group released its ninth studio album, "Savor Flamenco" (2013), which received a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. The group's roster consists of two bands of brothers: the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, and Andre) and the Baliardos (Tonino, Paco, and Diego).
Speakeasy listening: Hot Bijouxx performs a tribute to jazz legend Josephine Baker in the "Jazz Upstairs" cabaret series, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Hot Bijouxx performs an energetic mélange of Prohibition-era jazz, French gypsy swing-waltz and Brazilian bossa nova. Tthe band features Najwa Parkins, vocals; Dallas Vietty, accordion; Ryan McNeely, archtop guitar, and Kevin Ripley, drums. Tickets: allentownsymphony.org, 610-432-6715
Let's get "Physical": Grammy nominees Tegan and Sara, above, present their "Let's Make Things Physical Tour," 7:30 p.m. June 23, Levitt Pavilion, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The duo, formed in 1995, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, are twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin. Their first album, "Under Feet Like Ours" (1999) caught the attention of Neil Young's manager, Elliot Roberts, who signed them to Vapor Records. "So Jealous" (2004) included the hit, "Walking With A Ghost." "Get Along" (2011), a CD-DVD compilation, received a Grammy nomination.
Nero plays: Peter Nero, above, will tickle the ivories for "Peter Nero's Broadway," 8 p.m. June 14, State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. Nero will be accompanied by Michael Barnett, his principal bassist for 18 years. The evening includes Cole Porter's "Night and Day"; Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory," and a medley of songs from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story." Nero founded the Philly Pops, for 35 years directed Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and is its artistic director.
Vivaldi summer: The Valley Vivaldi chamber music series, four Sunday evening concerts presented by the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, begins at 7:30 p.m. June 8, Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W. Hamilton St., Allentown. The series continues June 29 at Christ Lutheran and shifts to Wesley Church, Bethlehem, for performances July 20 and Aug. 17. Sinfonia principals Mary Ogletree, above left, and Rebecca Brown, above right, are the featured violinists for Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in D minor for two violins and strings.
Going to a Go Trio: Viktorija Geèytë, above, second from left, is guest vocalist with Gene Perla's Go Trio, 7:30 p.m. May 16, in the "Jazz Upstairs" cabaret series, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Perla, bass, is joined by Sean Gough, piano, and Colby Inzer, drums. Sitting in is Joe Magnarelli, trumpet, flugelhorn. Geèytë, born in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, now lives in Paris. Her May "Spring Fever" tour is her sixth in the United States with the Go Trio. 610-432-6715
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PHOTO BY JOHN NUNU