Lehigh Valley Economy Boosted By Thriving Nonprofit Arts Sector

Lehigh Valley’s nonprofit arts community pumps $200 million annually into the region’s economy

The two tickets to a live opera rebroadcast at Allentown Symphony Hall were just the first things Jane Wells Schooley spent money on Thursday evening. Before the show, she and her granddaughter had dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant. They planned to get dessert at Rita’s Italian ice afterward.

Still, Schooley, of Lower Nazareth Township, considered the outing an excellent value.

“To be able to expose a young person to opera without spending $200!” she whispered as the curtains parted to a full-screen, high-definition view of the pit orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. “We are extremely fortunate to have the arts that we have in the Lehigh Valley.”

Fortunate indeed — and in more than one sense. The Valley’s many nonprofit arts and cultural organizations do more than provide diverse entertainment and intellectual stimulation. They also boost the local economy as patrons like Schooley, eager to take advantage of the region’s relatively inexpensive offerings, open their wallets before, during and after the main event.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-lehigh-valley-arts-impact-20120721,0,3268839.story

Reading Symphony To Perform Handel’s “Messiah” At The Sovereign Center

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For the first time in its 99-year history, the Reading Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel’s “Messiah,” along with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and soloists, led by RSO music director Andrew Constantine, Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Sovereign Performing Arts Center.

The soloists will be soprano Janice Chandler Eteme, mezzo-soprano Jan Wilson, tenor Duane Moody and baritone Robert Cantrell.

Read more: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=350938

Pottstown Symphony Orchestra Schedule And More


Handel’s Messiah
(Orchestra with Sing-in) $15
Dec. 13th, 3pm
Trinity Reformed UCCC Hanover & King, Pottstown

Winter Instrumental Candlelight
Fri., Dec. 11th at 7:15
Center for the Arts (the Hill School)
Beech St., Pottstown

Winter Instrumental
Fri., Dec. 11th at 7:15pm
Center for the Arts
(The Hill School)

Candlelight Lessons & Carols
Sun., Dec, 13th – 4:30pm & 8pm
Alumni Memorial Chapel (the Hill School)
Beech St., Pottstown

The Nutcraker
Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance. Company
Sat., Dec 5 at 7:30pm or Sun., Dec. 6 at 2pm
Tickets: $20 adult, $15 student/seniors
Center for the Arts
(The Hill School)

Gallery on High/Gallery School of Pottstown 610-326-2506
The Hill School – Center for the Arts 610-705-1039
Pottstown Symphony Orchestra 610-327-1614
Tri-PAC/Village Productions 610-970-1199
Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance 610-323-2569