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Arts Around Town: ‘Tribute to Rosa Parks’ concert highlights historic contributions

By Susan Kalan, WFMZ.com Arts Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 24 2014 09:58:36 AM CDT
Rosa Parks on bus in Alabama

Rosa Parks rides on the Montgomery Area Transit System bus in Alabama.

“An eclectic program with something for everyone” is how Allentown BandConductor Ronald Demkee summed up this Sunday’s “Tribute to Rosa Parks” at Zion United Church of Christ, known as the “Liberty Bell Church,” at 620 W. Hamilton St., Allentown. The concert, at 3:30 p.m., is concurrent with the exhibit, “From the Bell to the Bus and Beyond: Rosa Parks,” at the Liberty Bell Museum on site on the 101st anniversary of her birth.

Demkee explained that while the title of the concert’s opener, “A Movement for Rosa,” composed by Mark Camphouse, has two meanings, “the work is also both an introspective and profoundly dramatic tribute to the woman who became an icon of the Civil Rights movement in America.”

He said his hope is that Sunday’s concert-goers will take away with them “a renewed appreciation of the many contributions that the black community has made to this country.” Demkee has put together a program of music selections based on African-American spirituals by African-American composers. Soprano Evelyn Stewart will sing Luigi Zaninelli’s setting of Three American Gospel Songs – “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” “Shall We Gather by the River,” and “Amazing Grace,” accompanied by the Wind Ensemble. Dr. Ethel Drayton-Craig will narrate Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.”

The program also will include selections from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin/Robert Russell Bennett, “An Ellington Portrait” by Floyd Werle, “A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.” by Sammy Nestico, “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin, and “Liberty Bell March” by John Philip Sousa.

Tickets will be available at the door; proceeds will benefit the Liberty Bell Shrine.

For further info: 610-435-4232              allentownband.com

 

ARTS ROUNDUP

Society of the Arts (SOTA) of the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley debuts its 2014 Show House located at 47 E. Church St., historic Bethlehem, beginning Saturday at 11 a.m., and running through May 18. The Bethlehem mansion, home of Drs. Bill and Peggy Hoffman, has been nicknamed “Downtown Abbey” by SOTA for its grandeur and connection to the Moravian community. It was built in the 1870s in the federal style.

Designers and landscapers from the Lehigh Valley have revamped the home inside and out using the theme, “Refresh, Renew, Redo!” The home was divided into 20 distinct design spaces. Visitors will view their efforts in such areas as the formal living room, servant’s bedroom and respite room, kitchen and butler’s pantry, gentleman’s office, birding garden, and billiard room. Even the garage has been renovated to house SOTA’s Repeat Boutique, with items donated by SOTA members and friends.

SOTA Show House 2014 co-chairs are Shirlee Neumeyer and Sherry May.

Proceeds support educational programs at the museum and an Educational Endowment Fund, as well as to purchase high-quality prints for the museum’s collection through the SOTA Print Fund.

For further info: sotapa.org

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Pianist Terrence Wilson will perform Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” with the Reading Symphony Orchestra (RSO) on Saturday at 8 p.m., at the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading. Conductor is Andrew Constantine. Wilson, a graduate of The Julliard School, has performed recitals nationally and abroad and has appeared with major symphony orchestras.

The program also will include Glinka’s “Russian and Ludmilla Overture” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6.” The Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra also will perform, under the direction of RSO cellist, Peter Brye.

The new slate has been announced for the RSO’s 102nd season plus, by popular demand, a new start time of 7:30 p.m. for concerts. Performers include: Oct. 11, violinist Timothy Lees and cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn, Brahms - Double Concerto;  Nov. 8, Beethoven Revealed; Jan. 17, 2015, clarinetist David Shifrin, Mozart - Clarinet Concerto; March 7, violinist Christopher Collins Lee and bass Douglas Mapp, Bottesini - Grand Duo Concertante; April 25, pianist Fabio Bidini, Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5, and May 16, selections of Dvorak, Glass and Mahler.

For further info: readingsymphony.org

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The Arts Community of Easton (ACE) is holding its 16th annual arts tour on Saturday and Sunday with participating galleries, studios and businesses located on the following streets: Ferry; South Third; Northampton; Sitgreaves; Church; North Second; Hamilton; North 10th; 21st, and also Washington Boulevard.

Demonstrations and events will be held on both days throughout the downtown area. Entertainment includes Earl the Accordionist, Jason A. Babaz, Howard McGinn, and Charles Hanson.

For further info: eastonart.org

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Studio B’s 2014 annual Eco-Art Exhibit, “UpCycle ReFresh,” currently is running through May 10, in honor of the environment and Earth Day (April 22). Juror for the exhibit was B. Jason Lyons of Harrisburg.

According to Studio B’s Susan Biebuyck, gallery director and curator of exhibits, “Artists are inherently creative at figuring out ways to give beauty, value and life to an otherwise blank canvas. ‘UpCycling,’ a popular and contemporary word for re-use, proudly showcases this idea in fine art.”

Studio B is located at 39A E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown.

For further info: studiobbb.org

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Deana Martin, daughter of legendary entertainer Dean Martin, pays homage to her father, along with “Uncle” Frank Sinatra, on Friday at 8 p.m., at the State Theatre in Easton. The show, themed “Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin,” will feature an accompanying quintet as Deana Martin sings such unforgettable standards as “Volare,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “That’s Amore” and “Strangers in the Night.” She’ll even sing a duet with her father on screen.

Deana Martin is recognized in her own right as recording artist, concert performer, actress and author. Her CDs include “Memories Are Made of This” (2006) and “Volare” (2009).

For further info: statetheatre.org

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The Allentown Symphony Orchestra family concert features “Time Travelers: The Orchestra Grows Up!” on Sunday at 2 p.m., at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown. Children will take a musical journey and discover how orchestras evolved over time experiencing the sounds of the different instruments that were added to the orchestra by great composers ranging from Mozart to Copland.

Narrator is Edward Pleasant, with dancers from the Repertory Dance Theatre.

A musical petting zoo will be held in the hall’s Rodale Community Room at 12:30 p.m., a free event with a ticket to the concert.

For further info: millersymphonyhall.org

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