Allentown Hockey Arena Sees Milestone As Concrete Slab Is Poured

English: City of Allentown from east side

English: City of Allentown from east side (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Allentown hockey arena construction saw another milestone today as more than 30 trucks worth of concrete were poured for what will be a 17,000-square-foot ice floor.

A total of 315 cubic yards of concrete were poured today, and the next major step will be making the ice itself, which will occur in the summer.

“This took a great team effort,” said Jim Brooks, co-owner of the Phantoms hockey team that will start its 2014 season at the PPL Center in September.

“There’s not too many 10,000-seat venues in the world, let alone the United States, and even less that have ice-making capabilities,” Brooks said. “It’s very difficult to pull off.”

Read more:http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/allentown/index.ssf/2014/04/allentown_hockey_arena_sees_mi.html

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Muhlenberg College To Present Premiere Circus Workshop

Allentown, PA – The circus is coming to town! A group of Muhlenberg College dancers, actors, gymnasts and aerial acrobats — 30 students in all — have pooled their talents to produce Muhlenberg’s first Circus Workshop. Their work will culminate in two performances on April 25.

Noah Dach ’16, a dance and business double-major, launched the project. Henry Evans ’16 serves as an assistant director and performs. Paige Klibanoff ’15 and MJ Hodge ’16 helped to develop the script and will be performing as well.

“I’ve always wanted to form a dance company,” Dach said. “I had experience in aerial before I came to Muhlenberg, and thought it would be interesting to combine that with the skills that students have been working on here. I approached Karen Dearborn, the head of Muhlenberg’s dance program, with the idea, and she helped me get it on its feet.”

The project builds on the aerial acrobatics classes that the Muhlenberg dance program began offering in spring of 2012, under the instruction of experienced aerialist and Muhlenberg alumna Madeleine Hoak.

Aerialists who had taken Hoak’s class auditioned for the Circus Workshop in January. Other auditioners performed dance combinations or gymnastics skills or recited song lyrics as dramatic monologues. From those who auditioned, Dach assembled an ensemble of diverse performers and began weekly rehearsals.

“What is most fulfilling about directing this project is how my ensemble members are always surprising me with new things,” Dach said. “I could never imagine this project being where it is now after setting this idea in motion last semester.”

The 30-minute performance tells the story, through motion, music and circus art, of a young woman looking back on her life. The other performers represent different aspects of her life, including Joy, Love, and Temptation.

“I’ve always wanted to create something modern that could tell everyday stories through art,” Dach said. “With this project, we have focused on creating something very true and human that cannot be captured in a grand, enormous circus setting. I think that we have found an intimate balance between the abstract and the reality.”

Response on campus has been enthusiastic. Of the 70 seats available for each performance, all sold out in less than two weeks. Dach said he would hopes the project will grow from here.

“Going forward, I would love to see this project expanded and incorporated into more of Muhlenberg’s productions, or even to use the members of this workshop to start forming a performance company after graduation,” Dach said. “This has been a great beginning, and it would be wonderful to see the project move into a larger theater so that more audience members could see it and support it around campus.”

Muhlenberg College is a liberal arts college of 2,200 students in Allentown, Pa. The college offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in theatre and dance. The Princeton Review consistently ranks Muhlenberg’s production program in the top ten in the nation, and the Fiske Guide to Colleges lists both the theatre and dance programs among the top small college programs in the United States.

For more information about the Department of Theatre and Dance, visit http://www.muhlenberg.edu/theatre.

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Native Sons Hall & Oates To Be Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Area natives Daryl Hall and John Oates will formally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The most successful duo of the rock ‘n’ roll era — including six gold-selling No. 1 singles and 29 hits overall on Billboard’s Top 40 chart between 1976 and 1990 — Hall & Oates will be part of the hall’s Class of 2014 performer inductees, which include Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Kiss, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and The E Street Band.

Hall & Oates are expected to be among the inductees performing during the ceremony, which will be broadcast May 31 on HBO.

When asked if he could offer any hints as to what songs Hall & Oates would play, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum President and CEO Greg Harris said he expected the duo to cover their major hits while representing each era of their career.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/arts-and-entertainment/20140409/native-sons-hall-oates-to-be-inducted-into-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame

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Upcoming Lehigh Valley Arts Box Office Performances

lehigh-valley-arts-council-box-office.jpgBach & Handel Chorale:

April 26th: 30th Anniversary Concert Gala

Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem

April 11th: Daedalus Quartet

April 25th: Gryphon Trio

May 16th: Walden Chamber Players

Moravian College Music Institute

April 4th: Moravian College Wind Ensemble

April 6th: Moravian College Community Orchestra

April 12th: Jazz @ Moravian

Moravian College Theatre Company

April 25th & 26th: Jesus Christ Superstar

PA Sinfonia Orchestra

April 12: Chamber Orchestra – All Nature Sings

Click here for more information and tickets: http://lvartsboxoffice.org/

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Rock Lititz Gets Rolling: Tait Towers, Clair Global Begin Work On $100 Million Campus

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This month, on a farm near Route 501, construction began of an innovative facility named Rock Lititz Studio.

The studio is being built to fill a need in the concert-tour industry for affordable, accessible and available production-rehearsal space.

Costing more than $7 million to develop, according to industry sources, Rock Lititz Studio is set for completion in August.

Rock Lititz Studio will start as a 52,000-square-foot building, or roughly the size of a supermarket, except with  a 100-foot-high roof.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/rock-lititz-gets-rolling-tait-towers-clair-global-begin-work/article_d8c3c464-b6b7-11e3-b66c-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=story

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ArtsQuest Plans Yearlong Effort Of Events To Support Bethlehem South Side

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ArtsQuest is organizing a yearlong effort to bring multiple art events to Bethlehem’s South Side business district.

The effort, called Artists Among Us, would include an Urban Arts Festival on the South Bethlehem Greenway, artists-in-residence working with city youth and a cast-iron block installation on the greenway highlighting the neighborhood’s many ethnic groups.

ArtsQuest is hoping to get a $300,000 grant from ArtPlace America, a nationwide arts foundation, to help fund the $500,000 initiative, ArtsQuest President Jeff Parks said today. ArtsQuest is one of 97 finalists for $20 million in available funding, Parks said.

ArtsPlace America officials encouraged ArtsQuest to publicize its grant application and will visit the city next week, so local officials are hopeful that they’ll receive money from the organization, said Patrick Brogan, ArtsQuest’s senior vice president of programming. ArtsQuest would still put on the Artists Among Us effort without the grant but it would include far fewer events, he said.

Read more: http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2014/03/artsquest_planning_yearlong_ef.html#incart_river

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Local Singer-Songwriter To Perform At ArtFusion In Pottstown

Attached: elisha kane head shot.jpg  singer-songwriter Elisha Kane

Attached: elisha kane head shot.jpg singer-songwriter Elisha Kane

Pottstown, PA – Local musician Elisha Kane will perform in ArtFusion’s main gallery on Saturday, April 26 from 7-9pm. ArtFusion supporters may remember him from his performance at their Beef and Beer fundraiser in 2013. This live music event is also a fundraiser for the non-profit community art center.

Elisha Kane’s influences span genres and generations. From hometowns to westbound trains, Elisha sings about the American dream, and the promise it both inspires and neglects. Learn more at facebook.com/kanemusic and listen to his music at reverbnation.com/elishakane.

The music will last from 7-9pm. Light refreshments will be available for purchase, and the event is BYOB for those over 21.

Tickets are $10 (cash only please) and can be purchased in advance at ArtFusion during regular business hours: Tuesday-Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday from 10am-3pm. Tickets can also be purchased online at artfusion19464.org for $12.

ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. The school offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.  The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.

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Pottstown Regional Public Library To Host Celtic Concert

Back by popular demand – Charlie Zahm – Friday, March 21, 2014 - 7:00 PM  -  8:30 PM

Charlie Zahm is one of the most sought-after Celtic singers on the East Coast.  Those who attended last year really enjoyed his concert. 

Admission is $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 5-14.  Tickets can be obtained at the library or purchased at the door the night of the concert. 

The Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 East High Street, Pottstown PA 19464

Contact:  610-970-6551

http://www.charliezahm.com/  

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Scranton St. Partrick’s Day Parade, March 15, 2014

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lackawanna County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lackawanna County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Saint Patrick’s parade in Scranton boasts 12,000 participants, including multiple bagpipe, high school and string bands. The parade is enhanced by many floats and large balloons. Many Irish groups and societies are also represented. It has been going on annually since 1962 and is organized by the St. Patrick’s Parade Association of Lackawanna County. The parade has received national attention as being one of the better St. Patrick’s parades. The parade route begins on Wyoming Ave in front of St. Peter’s Cathedral, proceeds to Lackawanna Ave. over Jefferson Ave. then down Spruce St to get to Washington Ave. where it passes the William J. Nealon Federal building and finally the reviewing stand.

The parade is preceded by the Parade Day mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Brian Kelly Memorial race.

Click here for the parade website:  http://www.stpatparade.com/index.php

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Video – Happy Lancaster, PA

Happy Lancaster – Inspired by Pharrell Williams “Happy.”

Lancaster is Happy! Special thanks to featured dancers – Franklin & Marshall Dance Department, Heads Up kids, Mayor Rick Gray, Cylo and Lancaster Barnstormers, the Infantree, Iron Hill Brewery and Lancaster Central Market for putting up with our shenanigans and helping celebrate our extraordinary community!

Lancaster County Community Foundation – http://www.lancfound.org

No Sad Notes At First Lancaster Roots & Blues Fest

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s doubtful there have ever been as many sad guitars and harmonicas in Lancaster as there were Friday during the initial night of the first, hopefully annual, Lancaster Roots & Blues music festival.

It was hard to keep up with all the music being unleashed since as many as six groups performed at once within walking distance of each other downtown.

“Woo, I hope Lancaster does this every year. This is a wonderful thing,” said a revved-up Karen Good, 54, of Conestoga, between searing guitar licks by Clarence Spady, which drew about 200 people to a one-hour set at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

All 28 acts showed up and performed to enthusiastic, sometimes intimate, sometimes large, vocal audiences.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/no-sad-notes-at-first-lancaster-roots-blues-fest/article_4d6763c4-9b70-11e3-8505-001a4bcf6878.html

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Upcoming Lehigh Valley Arts Box Office Performances

Moravian College Music Institute
Black diamond (cards)February 9: Lou Lanza, jazz vocalist “Billy Joel Songbook…Jazz Style”
Black diamond (cards)Feburary 15: The Empty Bell-Shakuhachi Music, Faculty Recital with Nora Suggs on shakuhachi flute
Black diamond (cards)February 16: Seasons of the Heart with Suzanne Kompass, soprano
Black diamond (cards)February 21: Moravian College Wind Ensemble
Black diamond (cards)February 23: Community Orchestra with Jesus Morales
Black diamond (cards)March 16: Moravian College Woman’s Chorus

Moravian College Theatre Company
Black diamond (cards)February 13, 14, 15, 16: Hello Herman

PA Sinfonia Orchestra
Black diamond (cards)February 22: Sinfonia Virtuosi

Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem
Black diamond (cards) 
March 14: Cuarteto Quiroga 

Lehigh Valley Arts Council box office

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Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre Announces Open Audition Dates

Logo of Muhlenberg College

Logo of Muhlenberg College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Allentown, PA — Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre will hold open auditions for performers ages 16 and up on Feb. 23 and 24. Performers will be cast for the season’s mainstage productions: the classic Broadway musical “A Chorus Line,” performing June 11-29, and “Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot,’” performing July 9-27.

The following audition details can also be found online, at www.muhlenberg.edu/smt.

Vocal auditions will be held Sunday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 6:30 and 7:30 to 11 p.m., and Monday, Feb. 24, from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday vocal auditions will be held in the Baker Center for the Arts Band Room. Monday vocal auditions will be held in the Baker Theatre, in the Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance. Vocal audition appointments are three minutes.

Dance auditions will be held Sunday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts. Dance auditions will take about half an hour.

All auditioners must register in advance and schedule an audition. All auditioners must sign up for both vocal and dance auditions. Auditioners should send an email to SMTcompany@muhlenberg.edu before Friday, Feb. 21, indicating available dates and times within the scheduled audition, and providing a mobile phone number where the auditioner can be reached with questions.

Those without access to email should call the Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance office at 484-664-3087, during regular office hours before Thursday, Feb. 20. Voice messages should contain all of the above information.

All auditioners will be assigned a time for both a dance audition and a vocal audition. Auditioners must both dance and sing, even if they concentrate in just one area. All performers in both shows will sing and dance.

Auditioners who live too far away from the Allentown area or who are unable to attend auditions may submit a preliminary DVD audition. The DVD should consist of a comedic monologue not more than two minutes in length, one song (see guidelines below), and a 90-second dance solo. DVDs must arrive before the audition date listed to be eligible for consideration.

Auditioners who receive a callback must attend in person to be considered for a role. Callbacks will be held March 9-11, and will include acting auditions, reading from the script.

Auditioners for both shows should prepare a memorized vocal selection of no more than 32 bars of a musical theater song written between 1950 and 1980.

An accompanist will be provided for the vocal audition. Auditioners must bring sheet music in the key in which they would like to sing, with the selection indicated and any cuts clearly noted. Please no accompaniment tapes or a cappella auditions.

For dance auditions, auditioners will be taught a short dance sequence, which they will then perform. No preparation is required. Auditioners who own tap shoes should bring them.

Auditioners should bring two copies of their resumes and headshots.

Non-performing opportunities are available for technicians and costumers. Carpenters, electricians, props technicians, light board and sound board operators, and stage crew are needed for productions. Costumers, first hand, stitchers, and wardrobe running crew are needed in the costume shop.

High school stage management internships are available for those who will be at least 16 years old by the time they begin working for MSMT. Interns work alongside college students and professionals from the College, and guest artists from New York, learning valuable skills that they can take back to their high school programs. Interns receive a $400 stipend for the summer.

The application deadline for technicians, costumers, and administrative personnel is March 1. Applications can be found online at muhlenberg.edu/smt. Completed applications can be sent to boxoffice@muhlenberg.edu.

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VIDEOS: Everything You Need To Know About The 2014 Grammys

Hope you’ve been stockpiling batteries and canned goods in your bomb shelter or basement because the Rise of the Machines is one step closer to reality after a couple-a robots won all the Grammys on Sunday night. French pop duo Daft Punk took home awards for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, AND Pop Duo/Group Performance for their summer release Random Access Memories and the smash single “Get Lucky.”

You were probably busy watching The Bachelor Wedding or gawking at the screen as Nick Foles won MVP of the Pro Bowl, so you might have missed music’s biggest night and the festivities that came with it. Just in case, here’s everything you need to know about the 2014 Grammys.

Beyoncé and Jay Z got things started with a performance that you’re probably going to want to watch. Queen Bey comes out to a stage full of smoke and strobes, slithering on a chair that spins. Then, when you’re properly hypnotized, she brings out Jay Z to offer up a crappy verse of rap. But, damn if they’re not well-dressed.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/trending/Everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-2014-Grammys.html#sshoMEt0YQoVwjY4.99

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Moravian College Music Institute Upcoming Performances 2014

Lehigh Valley Arts Council box office

Moravian College Music Institute
Upcoming Performances 2014
(CLICK FOR TICKETS)

Faculty Recital Featuring: Lou Lanza, jazz vocal “Billy Joel Songbook…Jazz Style” 
Sunday, February 9, 2014 7:00 PM ($15 / $10)

Faculty Recital Featuring: Nora Suggs, shakuhachi flute “The Empty Bell-Shakuhachi Music” 

Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:30 PM ($15 / $10)

Faculty Recital Featuring: Suzanne Kompass, soprano “Seasons of the Heart” 

Sunday, February 16, 2014 4:00 PM ($15 / $10)

The Moravian College Wind Ensemble 

Friday, February 21, 2014 7:30 PM ($10 / $5)

The Moravian College Community Orchestra with special guest artist Jesus Morales 

Sunday, February 23, 2014 7:00 PM ($10 / $5)

The Moravian College Women’s Chorus

Sunday, March 16, 2014 7:00 PM ($10 / $5)

Moravian College Wind Ensemble 

Friday, April 4, 2014 7:30 PM ($10 / $5)

Moravian College Community Orchestra 

Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM ($10 / $5)

Jazz@Moravian featuring The Moravian College BIG Band & Fusion 

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM ($10 / $5)

The Moravian Choir presents “Jesus Christ Superstar” 

Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM ($15 / $10)

Buy your tickets today from www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org


Lehigh Valley Arts Council
840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201 ◊ Allentown, PA 18101
610.437.5915 ◊ operations@LVArtsCouncil.org
www.LVArtsCouncil.org ◊ www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org

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Moravian College Music Institute Presents: Jeffrey Biegel International Steinway Artist

Friday ◊ January 24th, 2014 ◊ 7:30 p.m.
Foy Hall ◊ Moravian College Hurd Campus
Church & Main Streets ◊Bethlehem, PA 18018


Considered one of the great pianists of our time, Jeffrey biegel has created a multi-faceted career as a pianist, recording artist, composer and arranger. His electrifying technique and mesmerizing touch have received critical acclaim and garnered praise worldwide.

International Steinway artist, Jeffrey Biegel, inaugurates the Betty Airestock Memorial Concert in honor of Moravian College’s recently completed All-Steinway status. Mr. Biegel performs a program that includes: Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, Bach’s French Suite No. 5, Chopin’s Ballade No. l, Paderewski’s Nocturne in B-flat Major, and J. Strauss Jr’s By the Beautiful Blue Danube. This concert is presented in partnership with Jacobs Music. A reception follows the concert. For more information on Jeffrey Biegel, visit: www.jeffreybiegel.com

BUY TICKETS for
Jeffrey Biegel
International Steinway Artist 

$15 General Admission | $12 Seniors | $5 Students
For more information call 610.861.1650 or music@moravian.edu

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Music To Soar Out Of Old Fraternal Order Of Eagles Building In Pottstown

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

POTTSTOWN — If the arts are truly a driving force behind downtown revitalization, then strike up the band because an established musical venue from Philadelphia has plans to move its entire operation to 310 High St.

For the last 10 years, Jamey Reilly has opened the doors of his large Overbrook Avenue Home to musical artists of all styles and genres.

Known as Jamey’s House of Music, the once informal sessions became more and more popular until, on Dec. 6, “we were visited by a phalanx of Philadelphia Licensing and Inspection Officers and members of the Philadelphia Police department, armed with orders to shut us down on the spot because our house concerts are considered by the city to be an illegal night club in a residential neighborhood,” as described on the organization’s website.

“They had apparently received complaints from an unnamed party who wished to see us put out of business,” according to the site. “It did not matter that the city had previously issued us a license for commercial activity at this location. Thus, in one fell swoop, ten years of the finest entertainment from around the world came to a full stop.”

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140118/music-to-soar-out-of-old-fraternal-order-of-eagles-building-in-pottstown

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Rock Lititz Starts Push To Make Lititz Area An Entertainment Technology Hub

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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When The Rolling Stones or Maroon 5 hit the road, their production crews have spent months practicing, making sure the lighting’s just right, the special effects are perfect, along with the staging, video, pyro and all the theatrics that wow the audience.

Bands used to start tours in smaller towns to work out the kinks on the road.

Today, anyone can take a video and post it online, so that first show has to be perfect.

The question is how to do it. And a couple of Lancaster County music business powerhouses have a solution.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article/20140114/BUSINESSWEEKLY/301149999#.UtW9L_RDsxI

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