Northampton Press

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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.

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 as part of the “Arts at St. John” series at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown.

Healthy Geezer: Ear wax detailed

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’ve been getting lots of ear wax lately. Please tell me this has nothing to do with getting older.

I wish I could. Ear-wax problems are just one more indignity seniors have to deal with. I sympathize with your annoyance.

As you age, your eardrums often thicken and the bones of the middle ear and other structures are affected. Hearing sharpness may decline because of changes in the auditory nerve. Impacted ear wax is another cause of trouble hearing and is more common with increasing age.

Lehigh County senior menus

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, October 16: Creamed turkey, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, biscuit, orange gelatin.

Thursday, October 17: Pork and peas carbonara, Italian vegetable blend, spaghetti, fresh fruit salad.

Friday, October 18: Cheeseburger, French onion soup, carrot raisin salad, sandwich roll, cabbage.

Monday, October 21: Ranch baked chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, green and wax beans, dinner roll, pineapple.

Tuesday, October 22: Herbed roast pork, dilled carrots, sauteed cabbage mixed with noodles, crackers, canteloupe.

Janet and Malcolm Gross being honored for years of dedication to Baum School

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Janet and Malcolm Gross have been longtime benefactors of The Baum School Of Art.

At the annual Baum School of Art Fall Gala, Oct. 19, Janet and Malcolm Gross will be honored for their support of the Baum School and the arts.

This year, the Gala is at the Barristers Club, Allentown, beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 with a cocktail hour.

There will be a performance by singer-songwriter and chanteuse Phoebe Legere.

Respectfully Yours: Phone call response

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

There are days that I am very busy and find it impossible to stop and take the time to take a phone call. Is it bad manners to respond to a phone call with a text message?

Dear Reader,

Sometimes you just don’t have time to answer the phone.

You could be driving a vehicle, having dinner with your family, or maybe you just don’t want to talk.

In such a connected world today, keeping your phone manners on point and respectful can be tricky.

Modern-day courtesy suggests you return any message via the same medium in which it was sent.

The Family Project: Trick or treat

Sunday, October 20, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My children, ages 5 and 12, are planning their costumes for Halloween. Our neighborhood has always been safe, but I still worry. Do you think they are old enough to go alone? I need to be at my house to hand out candy. Also, is there an age when children are too old to trick or treat?

“I don’t think you need to be concerned about how old to trick or treat,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said in answer to one of the questions.

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.

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 when we hear things that go bump in the night,” Kiernan said.

The schedule:


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.