In one of the largest recitals of the year for Community Music School (CMS), 75 students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels performed in the annual "Holiday Recital" Dec. 7, a free concert, on the main stage, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
There were several firsts for the school at the recital.
CMS introduced the Student Advisory Board members and its President, Alexandra Gallagher (Kutztown Area School District), welcomed the audience and shared information about the student board.
Mike Konz still looks like he could shoulder his pack and wear his sergeant stripes.
The former semi-pro football player, a 68-year old Wyomissing, Berks County, resident and retired businessman with a penchant for literature and history, is author of "The Odyssey Years, A Novel View of the Vietnam Experience."
The former 82nd Airborne Division sergeant signs copies of his book, 2 - 4 p. m. Jan. 18, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St, Bethlehem. The book was self-published last July 2013 with the assistance of the Center for Christian Business Ethics Today.
An opening reception and gallery talk will be held 6:30 - 8 p.m. Jan. 16 for "E.A.T. - Experiments in Art and Technology" featuring works by Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Whitman, continuing through Feb. 28, Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Hurd Campus, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.
E.A.T. was launched in 1967 by the engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer and the artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman.
Ten New York artists worked with 30 engineers and scientists from Bell Telephone Laboratories to create performances that incorporated new technology and art.
Todd Wolfe brings his blues, southern rock and psychedelic sounds to Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, 8 p.m. Jan. 18.
The band, voted September's "Artist of the Month" by RockWired, is led by guitarist-vocalist Wolfe, whose music career spans three decades.
Wolfe began playing in the New York scene in 1979 with his band, Nitetrain. His guitar-playing inspirations include The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison.
The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley And The Baum School of Art will hold joint exhibitions of selected juried art student entries in The 2014 East Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art Awards, Jan. 19 - Feb. 2.
An award ceremony and reception is at 1 p.m. Feb. 2, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
Students grades 7 to 12 from Carbon, Berks, Lehigh & Northampton counties compete.
Locally, the program offers more than $3,500 in scholarships and cash prizes.
A reception will be held 1 - 3 p.m. Jan. 19 for "Antonio Salemme New York - Easton: A Retrospective," continuing through April 6, Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton St., Easton.
The retrospective exhibit of paintings and sculptures by Salemme focuses on the transformation in his art after he moved from New York to Northampton County in 1962.
The will be a presentation at 2 p.m. Feb. 23.
Information: sigalmuseum.org, 610-253-1222.
An opening reception will be held 6 - 8 p.m. Jan. 18 for the exhibitions, "Carol Magnatta: Frills, Furs & Feathers," through March 26, and "Jeremy Cohen: Another Summer, Photographs," through June 25, Easton Hospital Gallery and Annex, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
The reception is free and open to the public.
The Easton Hospital Gallery and Annex is open 90 minutes prior to most main stage performances and is programmed in conjunction with the Arts Community of Easton.
As a conductor, I have always had a fond place in my heart for Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. This interest stems all the way back to 5th grade, when my brother, who was in 6th grade, played the Captain in the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, "H.M.S. Pinafore."
My brother always had trouble remembering the script's dialogue and lyrics to the songs, so guess who ran around the house helping out by shouting, "I am the Captain of the Pinafore, and a right good captain too," and "What never? Well, hardly ever"?
Yes, yours truly.
Director Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" is one of the most outrageous, lurid and extravagant movies from a mainstream director.
"Wolf" makes director Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" (2013) look like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937).
The debauchery of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), "The Wolf" of the movie's title, would seem to rival what we read and see of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, namely, rock stars, hip-hop stars, movie and TV actors, professional athletes, and Middle East potentates.
Going to Godfrey's: Guitarist-vocalist Todd Wolfe, above center, and his band, drummer Roger Voss, above left, and bass player Justine Gardner, above right, play originals from Wolfe's latest CD, "Miles To Go," 8 p.m. Jan. 18, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. Wolfe's sound has been dubbed "bluesadelic," reminiscent of rock 'n' roll bands of the 1960's and 70's. Expected to join Wolfe and his band at Godfrey's are John Ginty, keyboards, and vocalists Maria Woodford and Mary Hawkins. Tickets: godfreydaniels. org, 610-867-2390
See INTERVIEW: Page B2