Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Parts 4, 5 and 6 presented by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Saturday, December 10, 2016
West End of Allentown
First Presbyterian Church of Allentown
3231 Tilghman Street, Allentown PA 18104
(Sunday’s performance is SOLD OUT!)
Soloists: Ellen McAteer, soprano Laura Atkinson, mezzo-soprano Benjamin Butterfield, tenor David Newman, bass-baritone
Sing ye heavens, tell the story
Following up last year’s concert of Parts 1, 2 and 3, this year’s performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio offers the final three cantatas. Choir member and writer David Ruhf characterized the work in this way:
“The Christmas Oratorio includes many kinds of joy and devotion, from ecstatic rhapsody to hushed bliss. … no better way to begin December’s festivities than to encounter this radiant music, offered with love and passion in an atmosphere of celebratory and appreciative engagement.”
▪ Rush Tickets are available for General Admission seating. ▪ Convenience fee ($3 or $2.50, depending on price level) is charged at checkout in addition to the price of a standard Rush Ticket (total ticket price + convenience fee = $18 Adults; $6.50 Students) ▪ For additional information, please visit The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Website or call: 610-866-4382.
Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton Street
Easton, PA 18042
From ballet to Breaking, internationally acclaimed choreographers are creating dance’s next wave right here in the Lehigh Valley!
This exceptional showcase offers up-to-the-minute, state-of-the-dance work in Nora Gibson’s 2^57,885,161 -1, an abstract ballet about the beauty and opacity of prime number theory, and in Land Bridge, French-Canadian artist Helen Simoneau’s meditation on traversing dualities, inspired by the endangered caribou. From the perspective of a mature artist in the form, 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Raphael Xavier explores the notion of sustainability in Breaking, a highly physical idiom associated with youth, in Point of Interest.
Award-winning performance artist José Torres-Tama returns to the Lehigh Valley for his sixth visit since 1998 to present Aliens, a sci-fi Latino Noir Multimedia Solo. The performance, the second in a planned trilogy, satirizes the status of Latino immigrants as aliens and explores the trends in hate crimes against immigrants across the United States.
Torres-Tama deftly shape-shifts into a variety of ‘aliens’ — from a Swamp Shaman to a Nicaraguan woman to a Mexican Methodist Minister — who expose the hypocrisies of a system that vilifies the same people whose labor it readily exploits.
“Torres-Tama is both a versatile writer who can be lyrically evocative as well as bitingly humorous, and an impressive performer.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Torres-Tama treads that dangerously vague turf of performance art gracefully… He takes Latino life on a magical mystery tour with dexterity and daring.”
—The Village Voice (New York)
Run time: 80 minutes, talkback with artist follows the show after a brief pause
A BIG AND BRASSY SLICE OF MUSICAL THEATRE HEAVEN Celebrating the remarkable songs of Broadway tunesmith Jerry Herman, Showtune features 40 of Herman’s biggest hits from such shows as Mame, Mack & Mabel, La Cage aux Folles and, of course, Hello, Dolly! Featured songs include “Time Heals Everything,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” and “Before the Parade Passes By.” “A great big bouquet of memorable tunes!”– The Journal News. Ages 6+
Charley’s Aunt is set during the Victorian era at Oxford University, in the quarters of two undergraduates who frantically search for a way to express their love to their soon departing sweethearts. The solution to their problem comes in the form of Charley’s aunt who is visiting from Brazil. With her acting as a chaperone, the boys can invite their lovers to an official lunch and finally pop the question. However, all goes wrong when a message arrives informing the boys that the aunt is delayed and won’t make it in time. In a last ditch effort the young lads coerce their friend to don a dress and become “Charley’s aunt.” Throughout the afternoon the troublesome trio fumble through spastic conversations, unexpected suitors, cat-and-mouse meet-ups, and the occasional teatime mishap. Charley’s Aunt is a frenzied farce filled with so many twists and turns it will make your head spin.
Main Stage of the
Labuda Center of the Arts 2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034
“Elektra powerfully illustrates the emotional price that those who merely bear witness pay.” –The New York Times
A classic tale of power and revenge. Grief-stricken and obsessed with revenge for her father Agamemnon’s death, Elektra is a woman possessed of superhuman passions. When her brother Orestes returns, Elektra’s anger and thirst for retribution explodes in a merciless fury. One of the great works of the Greek theatre, this play of a family at war explores themes of betrayal and vengeance on its path to a terrifying conclusion. Ages 13+
2015 Fall Concert Series with Lance Luce, Theatre Organist
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Octave Hall Allen Organ Company
3370 Route 100
Macungie, PA 18062
Honored as 2014 Organist of the Year from the American Theatre Organ Society!
Very entertaining! Lance Luce is an internationally acclaimed theatre organist, having performed for many national and regional events of the American Theatre Organ Society. He has made many recordings, including being a part of the famous Theatre Organ Greats – A Salute to Radio City Music Hall.
Friday ◊ March 6, 2015 ◊ 8:00 p.m. The State Theatre 453 Northampton Street Easton, PA 18042
Direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango. Song of Eva Perón is a Tango dance and music presentation inspired by the most important feminine character in Argentinian history, Eva Perón. Tracing her epic life – from her ascent to fame in the 1930s to her death in 1952 – this is a sparkling and poignant spectacle that is not to be missed. All Audiences.