Northampton Press

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Liebman eclectic, electronic

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Saxophone legend Dave Liebman returns to “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. April 20, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. This time, he brings keyboardist Bobby Avey to compliment his musical offerings.

Liebman has done it all. He’s a National Endowment for the Arts “Jazz Master.” He has been named first place in the soprano sax category for Jazz Ed, Jazz Times, and Downbeat.

Healthy Geezer: Three questions

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What percentage of older men have erectile dysfunction (ED)?

The incidence of ED increases with age. Between 15 and 25 percent of 65-year-old men experience this problem. In older men, ED usually has a physical cause, such as a drug side effect, disease or injury. Anything that damages the nerves or impairs blood flow in the penis can cause ED.

The following are some leading causes of erectile dysfunction: diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), prostate surgery, hormone imbalance, alcohol and drug abuse.

Ezra Wenner: 75 years and counting with The Allentown Band

Thursday, April 19, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Allentown Band has been a Lehigh Valley institution for 190 years. Ezra Wenner has been an institution in the Allentown Band for 75 years.

That’s 75 years of holding down the trombone chair in one of the United State’s finest concert bands. Wenner, 90, is believed to have played with the Allentown Band for more years than any other musician in the band.

Wenner has received recognition for his longevity in recent years.

In 2015, the Allentown Band board of directors named the band’s west Allentown headquarters Ezra Wenner Hall.

Respectfully Yours: Just say no

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’m a busy working mom of three boys and I have a lot on my plate. When I am asked to do something beyond my already full schedule, I have a habit of saying “Yes” to everyone. I’m starting to feel burnt out and resentful. Is there a way to say “No” without sounding like a bad person?

Dear Reader,

The tiny little word “no” is often the most difficult one to say.

If you are worried about hurting someone’s feelings or causing conflict there are ways to say “no” so that you remain likable. There are guilt-free strategies for saying “no.”

Bernstein at 100:

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Leonard Bernstein is an iconic figure in the history of music.

As a composer, conductor, author, and lecturer, he was a person who influenced so many people’s lives, especially with his Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic.

Bernstein (1918 - 1990) would have been 100 in August. Orchestras all over the world are celebrating his centennial.

Leonard Bernstein was a trail-blazer, and without him and his influence, I am not sure if I would be standing on a conductor’s podium today.

Press newspapers receive 25 awards in 2018 Keystone contest

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 25 awards in the 2018 Professional Keystone Press Awards for work published in 2017.

The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received 12 Keystone Awards.

Salisbury Press received four Keystone Awards.

Parkland Press received three Keystone Awards.

Northampton Press received three Keystone Awards.

Catasauqua Press received two Keystone Awards.

East Penn Press received one Keystone Award.

Dieruff: ‘Side Show’

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by The Press in Focus

“Side Show (2014 Revival)” is on view, 7 p.m. April 26, 27 and 2 p.m. April 28, auditorium, Dieruff High School, 815 N. Irving St., Allentown.

With book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Henry Krieger, and additional book material by Bill Condon, the musical opened on Broadway in 1997, receiving five Tony Award nominations.

Sarah Pastelyak produces and directs the Dieruff High School production, assisted by choreographer Joey Schubbert, vocal director Jennifer Dodd, and stage manager Deborah Hamburger.

Healthy Geezer: stuttering

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My four-year-old grandson has begun to stutter. It upsets me and I don’t know how to handle it.

It should be reassuring to you to know that about five percent of children stutter for a period of about six months. Three-quarters of these children recover before they mature. About one percent of adults stutter.

Meanwhile, knowing how to talk to your grandson will help both of you.