Northampton Press

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Fest cancels 2020 season, Allentown Symphony Diane Wittry concerts canceled

Monday, March 30, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to roil the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene as the crisis of cancellations continues.

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra concerts to honor the 25th anniversary season of ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry will not take place.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has canceled its 2020 summer season.

The Allentown Art Museum is closed “indefinitely.”

Ringo Starr cancels 2020 tour; including State Theatre concert in June because of COVID-19

Saturday, March 28, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Ringo Starr has announced that he is rescheduling his Spring 2020 All-Starr Band tour because of Covid-19.

Starr’s tour cancellation includes a June 6 concert at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, rescheduled for June 7 next year.

The State Theatre website advises ticket-holders for the June 6 concert: “Please hold on to your tickets. They will be valid for the new date.”

The 2020-2021 All-Starr Band features Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart.

Updated list of closings because of Coronavirus

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Here’s an update, as of March 27, of Lehigh Valley arts, entertainment and cultural closings, cancellations or postponements. The list is in alphabetical order.

Allentown Art Museum - Closed indefinitely. April 4 Gala canceled

AMC Theatres - Closed as of March 17 for “at least six to 12 weeks.”

America on Wheels, Allentown - Closed

Coronavirus closings: Muhlenberg College cancels summer theater

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Charles Richter won’t be around this summer to celebrate his 40th anniversary as cofounder of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

That’s because there will be no Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) this summer.

“I pulled the plug on Tuesday [March 17] because I think now people are beginning to realize that this [Coronavirus pandemic] is a long haul,” said Richter, MSMT Artistic Director.

Coronavirus closings: Civic Theatre dark, artistic staff laid off

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The staff of Civic Theatre of Allentown has been laid off and the anchor of Allentown’s West End Theatre District is closed.

Civic Theatre has launched a campaign, #IAMCIVICTHEATRE, to raise funds for operating expenses to reopen the historic theater which produces plays and musicals, has a children’s theater school, an art gallery, and screens arthouse, foreign and classic films.

Coronavirus closings update: Allentown Symphony cancels Diane Wittry tribute concert; Allentown Art Museum closed; Bach Festival may be impacted

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on the greater Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene continues as the crisis of cancellations expands.

Among the latest casualties are Allentown Symphony Orchestra concerts to honor the 25th anniversary season of ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry.

Also canceled is the Allentown Band’s “Side By Side” concert.

And, the Allentown Art Museum is closed “indefinitely.”

Lehigh Elementary project halted; schools closed until April 6

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Even though classes are not in session, Northampton Area School District Board of Education met — virtually, that is.

The meeting room in the administration building, where the school board and administrators meet twice monthly, was empty March 23, except for NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph S. Kovalchik, NASD Business Administrator Matthew Sawarynski and NASD Secretary to the Superintendent Denise A. Vilkauskas.

Free lunch pickup at Wolf, Siegfried elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Northampton Area School District, in conjunction with Aramark, will make available free bagged lunches to children through age 18 who are in the district.

Joseph S. Kovalchik, NASD superintendent of schools, made the announcement March 16 under Spotlight Stories on the NASD website.

Meals were available March 18-20 and were also scheduled for March 23-27 as well.

It was announced March 23 that district schools would be closed through April 3. An announcement of an extended meal distribution plan had not been released as of press time March 25.

COVID-19 closes Nineteenth Street Theatre; Civic Theatre of Allentown lays off its staff

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The staff of Civic Theatre of Allentown has been laid off and the anchor of Allentown’s West End Theatre District is closed.

Civic Theatre has launched a campaign, #IAMCIVICTHEATRE, to raise funds for operating expenses to reopen the historic theater which produces plays and musicals and screens arthouse, foreign and classic films.

Coronavirus A&E closings: State Theatre, Penn’s Peak, Sherman Theatre extending postponements through April

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the Coronoavirus pandemic on the greater Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene continues through April and beyond, with concerts at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Penn’s Peak and Sherman Theater postponed, productions at DeSales University and Touchstone Theatre canceled, and the entire 40th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre on hiatus.

The wave of coronavirus closings washed across the Lehigh Valley with the Allentown Art Museum; Civic Theatre of Allentown; SteelStacks, Bethlehem, and Wind Creek Bethlehem, shuttered temporarily.