Northampton Press

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Respectfully Yours: Enjoy movie

Saturday, August 18, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My wife and I were at the movies last weekend, and the couple behind us made loud noises unwrapping their candies and talking during the movie. Their voices were not loud whispers, but normal conversation voices and their crinkling of wrappers was irritating. We looked back at them several times but they did not stop. We got up and moved. Should we have told them to be quiet instead of moving?

Dear Reader,

Moving to another seat in the theater was the...

Recorder, oboe featured in Valley Vivaldi concert

Saturday, August 18, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Guest artist Rainer Beckmann performs on the recorder for the final Valley Vivaldi 2018 summer concert presented by the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra at 7 p.m. Aug.19, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.

Baroque composers Antonio Vivaldi and J.S. Bach figure prominently on the program, as well as Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Telemann and Marin Marais. The composers are from the mid- to late-17th century through the 18th century.

Beckmann and the PSO perform Vivaldi’s “...

Ears of Corn Fest

Saturday, August 18, 2018 by The Press in Focus

INDIAN MUSEUM:

Native American, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Bill Miller performs at the 38th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, Pennsylvania’s oldest Native-American Indian Festival, is 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and 19, Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown.

Entertainment includes host drum Youngblood Singers, Shinnecock Indian Nation, N.Y.; guest drum Black Bull Moose Singers, Anishnawbek Nation, Canada; Aztec Dancing by the Salinas Family...

Passion for choral arts: Bel Canto Youth Chorus, Bach Choir of Bethlehem join forces for new voices

Friday, August 10, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

For the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bel Canto Youth Choir, formerly based in Red Hill, Montgomery County, a merger of the two nonproft choral groups has been a long time coming.

In 2012, Bel Canto sang with the Bach Choir for Benjamin Britten’s cantata “St. Nicolas” and the following year, members lent their youthful voices to the Bach Choir’s 2013 CD “A Child’s Christmas in Bethlehem.” Last year, Bel Canto singers performed in the Bach Choir’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s...

Russian prodigy returns for ‘Bach At Noon’ concert

Friday, August 10, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Kristina Moditch, a Russian classical pianist, performs at noon Aug. 14 in the final concert of the 2018 summer “Bach At Noon” concert series at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown.

The fourth summer of Bach’s music in Allentown concludes in August with the third “Bach At Noon” performance by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. In collaboration with the Arts at St. John’s series, the “Bach At Noon” program is presented on the second Tuesday of the month in June...

Allentown Band strikes up the history at Waldheim Park

Friday, August 10, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

The 103rd anniversary of the Allentown Band at Waldheim Park, 2400 S. Hall St., Salisbury Township, will feature a salute to the spacious skies and amber waves of grain of America the beautiful.

“America’s Folk Songs ... Reflections of a Nation,” 7 p.m. Aug. 14, also features the music of Lehigh Valley folksinger, songwriter and recording artist Anne Hills.

“It would be a shame to miss this opportunity and the sense of community this concert will have,” says Pamela Varkony,...

Anne Hills reflects on music moments

Friday, August 10, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Folk music can be as warm and inviting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as an August thunderstorm. Anne Hills, an accomplished Lehigh Valley-based folk singer and songwriter, is a master of both settings.

“Music touches us in a place that ordinarily we do not experience,” Hills says prior to her Aug. 14 performance of “America’s Folk Songs ... Reflections of a Nation” at Waldheim Park, Salisbury Township.

Hills has the ability to offer a new take on old folk...

Respectfully Yours: pajama bottoms

Monday, August 13, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Why do women wear pajama bottoms in public? This battle of appropriate versus. comfy has gone too far. Is wearing pajamas out in public ever OK?

Dear Reader,

This shouldn’t be considered fashionable, even if everybody is doing it. There are women who celebrate the daytime pajama trend. They think it’s progressive.

There are a good number of magazine articles explaining how to pull off the daytime pajama look. However, celebrities are not wearing...