Northampton Press

Monday, October 21, 2019

Renowned organist to concert tour born

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Amanda Mole was studying organ at the conservatory, students were told that if they thought they were going to be touring concert performers, they might as well forget about it.

“I knew I wanted to be a concert organist,” she says. “I just never said it out loud.”

Today the 33-year-old is one of the leading concert organists of her generation and the winner of numerous international competitions.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Mole will perform her first Lehigh Valley concert...

Anderson Trio concert salutes Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Peter & Will Anderson Trio presents “Artie Meets Benny,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The concert will feature contemporary takes on the music of Swing Band era bandleaders Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. There will be discussion of their music and place in history and vintage clips of Shaw and Goodman.

The Andersons will present a separate concert in the Rodale Room for area high school students...

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Sunday, October 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Chamber stage: The “Chamber on Stage” series continues at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 with the return of Stefano Greco to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The program is: Beethoven, “Sonata No. 32 C minor Variations” and “Sonata No. 17: The Tempest,” and Liszt, “Vallée d’Obermann,” “Les Jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este” and “Rigoletto Paraphrase.” Greco has performed at the Festival of Castleton; Opera City Concert Hall, Tokyo, and Lincoln Center, New York. He has been heard on CNN, RAI International, and...

LV Storytelling Guild in Halloween programs

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild is presenting programs for Halloween.

Said Charles Kiernan, president of the Guild, “Let’s be clear. This is not story time. This is the oral tradition. These are the tales the bards told to their royal audiences, the tales the Irish Seanchaí told in the taverns, and the tales told around countless campfires.”

“We are hardwired for story. Story can define who we are. In the case of Halloween stories, it can define what we fear. What we think...

Stefano Greco hopes to inspire audiences

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Stefano Greco hopes to inspire the audiences who come to his concerts by helping them get to know composers.

“Understanding music goes together with understanding the composer and the meaning behind his music,” says the renowned Italian concert pianist.

Greco returns to the Lehigh Valley, bringing his unique approach and style to Miller Symphony Hall for the first performance in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s “Chamber On Stage,” 2 p.m. Oct. 20.

For the series, Greco...

Curtain Rises: Barry Glassman reflects on ‘Amadeus’ and Lehigh Valley theater roles

Saturday, October 19, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Barry Glassman has played iconic roles in Lehigh Valley regional theater on stage and offstage.

On stage, he’s played the nasty but redemptive soul, Scrooge, nine times in “A Christmas Carol”; Roy Cohn, the disgraced and presumably not so redemptive Atty. Roy Cohn, twice in “Angels in America”; the irascible but charming Morrie in “Tuesdays with Morrie,” and the glum but wise Norman in “On Golden Pond,” all at Civic Theatre of Allentown.

Glassman plays the evil and self-serving...

Theater Review: See and hear ‘Amadeus’ at NCC Theatre

Friday, October 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s good to revisit the classics of theater. “Amadeus,” written by Peter Shaffer, is certainly a classic.

The Northampton Community College Theatre production of “Amadeus,” through Oct. 23, Lipkin Theatre, Green Pond Campus, Bethlehem Township, merits revisiting for several reasons.

The production of “Amadeus,” which opens the NCC Theatre 2019-2020 season, is beautifully-directed by William Mutimer with several commendable performances by students and a veteran Lehigh Valley...

Theater Review: Civic cast drives ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Sunset Boulevard” is a storied and legendary place, the proverbial street of dreams, brought to the stage in the perfect venue, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown, where the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has its Lehigh Valley debut through Oct. 27 to open Civic Theatre of Allentown’s 2019-2020 season.

It’s a jewel of a show in a jewel of a venue.

It’s a grand performance in a grand setting.

At the center of the musical drama, directed with tongue-in-cheek verve and...

Article By: Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Sunset Boulevard” is a storied and legendary place, the proverbial street of dreams, brought to the stage in the perfect venue, Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown, where the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical has its Lehigh Valley debut through Oct. 27 to open Civic Theatre of Allentown’s 2019-2020 season.

It’s a jewel of a show in a jewel of a venue.

It’s a grand performance in a grand setting.

At the center of the musical drama, directed with tongue-in-cheek verve and...