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That fiery flamenco on Miller Hall stage

Monday, March 10, 2014 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

With passion, intense emotion and intricate virtuoso guitar playing and footwork, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana presents "The Soul of Flamenco," 8 p.m. March 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The program encompasses traditional Flamenco, originating from Andalusia, a province in southern Spain. Flamenco was influenced by Arabic, Judaic and the gypsy cultures. Flamenco is about rich, expressive and percussive music, dance and song with foot stomping, clapping and...

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Monday, March 10, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Flamenco soul: In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Flamenco Vivo, above, presents "The Soul of Flamenco," 8 p.m. March 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The company features an all-star cast of Spanish dancers and musicians in newly-created pieces and a restaging of "Luz y Sombra," an early work by Roberto Lorca, company co-founder, along with Carlota Santana. The program encompasses traditional Flamenco, originating from Andalusia, a province in southern Spain....

Gallery View: A case of black and white at 'The Red Show'

Monday, March 10, 2014 by NELSON QUIÑONES Special to The Press in Focus

Last fall, Trisha Mae Samuel of Emmaus attended a march to support her sister, Jen Samuel, in Washington, D.C. It was the International March for Elephants, to advocate on behalf of endangered elephants around the world, to the legislators on Capitol Hill.

Samuel saw a connection since her 18-month-old daughter Adaline's nursery was painted a design of yellow elephants.

Samuel's awakening experience continued as she began to research and study the life of elephants.

Her...

Spotlight on: Joffrey on stage for RDT at Scottish Rite

Monday, March 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Repertory Dance Theatre presents "An Evening of Dance," 7 p.m. March 15, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown, featuring performances by the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Totts Gap, DM Dance Company, and the Artistic Director of the famed The Joffrey Concert Group of New York.

"An Evening of Dance" has something for everyone, from classical ballet, contemporary, modern, to theatrical jazz performed to music just as diverse, including Shostakovich,...

Spotlight on: Paul Byrom brings the thunder to State Theatre

Monday, March 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Paul Byrom is known as Ireland's premier tenor and is a former soloist with the Irish music group Celtic Thunder. Now solo, he performs a show of traditional Irish music, 7:30 p.m. March 14, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

Though Byrom very much enjoyed his run with the popular Celtic Thunder, he was ready to go solo.

"Well, it's important to say that I was a soloist for many years prior to joining Celtic Thunder," says Byrom in a recent phone interview...

Spotlight On: New show debuts in 'ShadowStories'

Monday, March 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"ShadowStories," three shadow puppet plays featuring live music, will be performed at 10 a.m. March 15, Charles A Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

"ShadowStories" is the brainchild of Doug Roysden, creator of the Bethlehem-based Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre, which performs puppet shows throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond, featuring the scripts and handmade puppets of Roysden, along with other creative contributors.

"ShadowStories" highlights the...

Classical Views: 'Requiem' for Amadeus

Monday, March 3, 2014 by DIANE WITTRY Special to The Press in Focus

The story of Mozart's "Requiem" is a tragic one. He did not live to finish the piece.

We have glorified the situation through Peter Shaffer's 1979 play and Milos Forman's 1984 movie, "Amadeus," where Mozart is feverishly dictating instructions to his student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, about how to finish the piece. Yet, I doubt it was really like that. Death is never easy, and writing a "Requiem" mass in the midst of struggling for your life is difficult to imagine.

What I do know...

Theater Review: Place Civic's 'Cities' on your itinerary

Sunday, March 2, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders knows drama. And, he knows how to select stage dramas and direct them.

Sanders puts a fine point on "Other Desert Cities," an audacious; by turns, surprising, and, ultimately, thought-provoking and heart-rending drama-comedy about one family's secrets.

"Other Desert Cities" continues through March 15 at Civic's Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. The play was reviewed March 1.

In Jon Robin Baitz's "Other...

'Pavarotti Tribute' honors greatest tenor

Monday, March 3, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

With the "A Tribute to Pavarotti" concert, 5 p.m. March 9, State Theatre for The Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, the Teatro Lirico D'Europa production company pays homage to the music and voice of Luciano Pavarotti, the world-renowned Italian opera tenor.

Georgio Lalov, artistic director of "A Tribute to Pavarotti," believes that Pavarotti was "the most popular tenor ever.

"He had a wonderful vocal instrument," says Lalov, who himself is a trained opera singer, during a...

'Women of Ireland' to take over the State

Monday, March 3, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"Women of Ireland," a full-scale production featuring traditional Irish music and dance, will be staged at 8 p.m. March 7, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton by a mostly female group of performers. Each of the female singers, dancers and musicians featured in the show is a native of Ireland and trained in classic Irish song and dance.

Kelly McDonnell, principal dancer, joined "Women of Ireland" in 2012. She previously performed with the touring Irish dance...