A Broadway diva meets a suave secret agent on Sixth Street in Allentown when songstress Rachel York joins the Allentown Symphony Orchestra for the 2017-18 season-opening Pops Concert, “The Music Of James Bond And More,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
York is well-known for her Broadway performances in the original Tony Award-winning production of “City of Angels”; “Les Miserables”; “Victor/Victoria” (Drama Desk Award), with Julie Andrews; “Sly Fox,” with Richard Dreyfuss, and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” with Jonathan Pryce.
Movies are as close as we get to travelling in time machines. “Tulip Fever” transports us to Holland when the tulip and bulb craze was in full flower, circa 1634-1637. Tulips were introduced from Turkey to Holland. A virus caused a red color to appear on the petals, increasing the price and resulting in speculation on the tulip market.
The Gryphon Trio opens the 2017-18 season of The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Church and Main streets, Bethlehem.
The Canadian piano trio, Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto, tours internationally, has produced numerous recordings, and is active in teaching.
The program is: Haydn: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Hob. XV: 29; Dinuk Wijerante: “Love Triangle,” and Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66.
Living comedy legend:John Cleese is heading in your general direction for an evening of conversation and audience Q&A (Absurd and-or ridiculous questions only, please.), 7 p.m. Sept. 19, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. Cleese will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before Cleese silly walks on stage, the audience will view “Monty Python And The Holy Grail” on the big screen.
For Tommy Womack, it became clear to him from an early age that music was what made life worthwhile for him.
“At the age of 19 or 20, I decided that if life was gonna suck this bad I was gonna do what I wanted to do, and that was rock ‘n’ roll,” Womack says in a phone interview. “I had no particular talent or knew anyone in the industry, but by the time I finished college, I was determined.”
That’s not to say that this was a stable career choice. Far from it.
Q. I’ve been reading about athletes using steroids to build themselves up. Do these drugs work for older men?
First some background on steroids. There are two types of steroids: corticosteroids and anabolic steroids. Corticosteroids, such as cortisone and prednisone, are drugs that help control inflammation. Anabolic steroids, such as androstenedione or andro, are substances that can help the body make muscle.
When the Oak Ridge Boys got back together, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
“We sat down face-to-face and did it individually and we decided as a first step, let’s renew our friendship, And we did,” says Richard Sterban, The Oaks’ bass singer.
“We asked each other for forgiveness. And we did. We got together and sang one day and I’ll tell you, there was not a dry eye among the four of us.”
The Oak Ridge Boys, with one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in music, performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.
Having seen the film, “The Only Living Boy In New York City,” I can’t wait to read the book.
Wait: There’s no book?
There is a book shown in the film, titled “The Only Living Boy In New York City,” written by W.F. Gerald (Jeff Bridges in full-stubble) in his pen name.
Oh, I guess that’s a prop book, or books, since there is a pile of them on a table at a book store scene.