Like theater, classical music also reverts to in-person performances. This week, audiences will hear an internationally renowned pianist, choirs singing pop songs in the style of English madrigals and America’s oldest Bach choir.
Pianist Georges li gained international attention in 2015, when he won the silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Li quickly gained a great international reputation and performs regularly with some of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, such as Gergiev, Dudamel, Honeck, Petrenko, Tilson Thomas and Long Yu.
This weekend he will perform with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra in a program titled Mendelssohn’s ‘Italian’ as part of the Symphony’s Classic Series, as live symphonic music returns to Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.
At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Li will perform Brahms’ explosive Piano Concerto No.1. Musical director and conductor Diane Wittry will conduct the orchestra. The program will also include Farrenc’s Overture No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “à l’italienne”.
On Friday noon, the public will be able to meet Li during a free “meet the artist” session, moderated by Wittry, who will moderate the discussion on the program. Also joins the conversation with his colleague Brent Chancellor.
In recital, Li has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Davies Hall in San Francisco, Mariinsky Theater, Gasteig in Munich, Louvre, Seoul Arts Center and Asahi Hall in Tokyo. , as well as in major festivals, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Ravinia Festival, Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence Festival and Montreux Festival.
Li gave his first public performance at Steinway Hall in Boston at the age of 10, and in 2011 he performed for President Barack Obama at the White House at a party honoring German Chancellor Angela. Merkel. Li received the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Fellowship and the 2012 Gilmore Young Artist Award, and was the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions First Prize winner.
Tickets are $ 25 to $ 72.
2001, a choral odyssey in Albright
Live choral music will return to Albright College Arts Center in Reading at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Join Albright’s choral ensembles, the Lion Chorale, Leo Chorum and Roaring Lions as they embark on a journey that explores the pop music and music from films of the late 1990s and early 2000s, such as it is heard through choral music in “2001, A Choral Odyssey.”
The program will include “I Want It That Way”, “All My Life” and “Sound Off” by Roaring Lions; “All Star” in madrigal, “Angel” and “MMMBop” by Leo Chorum; and “Hide and Seek”, “Fix You” and “Gravedigger” by Roaring Chorum.
“This concert will be an epic adventure,” said Jordan M. Shomper, conductor.
The choral ensembles also collaborate with the DoubleTree Hotel in the city center as performers in an immersive dining experience. Prior to each concert, Albright students will perform choral works, popular covers and their original music in the hotel bistro while guests dine.
This modern pop concert presents a repertoire exploring music from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Most of these works are edited or arranged for choral ensembles. In a few cases, the music has been arranged specifically for a choral ensemble at Albright College, including Shomper’s arrangement of “MMMBop”, “All My Life” by Rob Cramer and “I Want It That Way” by the President of Alayna McCarty Choir.
Bach choir in Central Moravia
Each concert will feature guest soloists as well as members of the Bach Choir and the Bach Festival Orchestra. Notes on the music, the composers and the Baroque period by the director of the Bach Choir, Greg Funfgeld, will provide an informative and lively introduction to each piece.
Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. on October 12 and the concert will begin at 12:10 p.m.
All members of the public will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and will be required to wear a face mask when attending a Bach Choir concert.
The program includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in A minor, BWV 593; Bach organ arrangement from Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor, Opus 3, Nr. 8 (RV 522) for two violins, strings and basso continuo and the Stabat mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.
The soloists are Nola Richardson, soprano; Janna Critz, mezzo-soprano and Funfgeld, organ.
The Central Moravian Church is located at 73 W. Church St., Bethlehem.
Performances are free, but free will offerings will be accepted.
Playhouse presents ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder’
The Tony Award-winning musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” will run from Friday to 24 October at Pennsylvania Playhouse in Bethlehem.
The story is based on the 1907 novel “Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal” by Roy Horniman.
Monty Navarro is a young man who loses his chance when he learns from the mysterious Miss Shingle that he is descended from an aristocratic family. She tells him that her late mother was disowned by the family for running away with a Spanish musician. Now he finds out that he is the eighth in the D’Ysquith family to be Grand Earl of Highhurst Castle. As he feels his chances of surviving others are low, he decides to take revenge, kill his loved ones and rise in succession.
The show won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 2014.
One of the highlights of the series is the role of an actor who plays nine of the doomed heirs who achieve their ends in the most creative and humorous way.
Christopher D’Imperio plays the entire D’Ysquith family, including two women, a gay, an elderly man, a bodybuilder and a drunken pastor.
Patrick Mertz plays Monty, and his real wife, Kimberly Mertz, plays one of Monty’s love interests, Sibella Hallward. Elizabeth Marsh-Gilkeson plays her other love, Phoebe D’Ysquith.
The musical features a book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, with music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Rody Gilkeson directs.
Performers are all vaccinated, so performers will not be masked, however, the performance hall is asking audience members who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask for the duration of the show.
The show will feature period costume and set by Brett Oliveira who will recreate an early 1900s British Music Hall, complete with a pre-stage stage.
The cast also includes Geri Kery as Miss Shingle with Cindy Ernst, Evan Heger, Brian Houp, Deb Jacoby, Sophia Johnson-Grimes, Nick Madden, Andrew Maldonado, Matt Redline, Alyssa Steiner, Janelle Taylor, Ted Williams and Deven Windish .
The performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as on October 15-16 and 22-23; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday and October 17 and 24. Tickets are $ 25 for adults and $ 22 for seniors and students.
Reading community players stage “Bombshell”
In the play, written and directed by Sue Sneeringer, Emma Solomon came to clean up her late mother’s things. Lois O’Brien was a movie star in the late 1940s and left behind trinkets, costumes, books and research materials, as well as logbooks, preserved throughout her nearly 70s. years of life. Emma has long ignored the task, unwilling, and more likely unable, to cope with her mother’s complicated inheritance and their unresolved relationship. The newspapers bring Lois to life, and they begin to dig into a complicated past.
Soon, Emma’s daughter Shannon Moore arrives to Emma’s surprise. Shannon needs to understand why Emma has kept the family story a secret. She is also hurt and needs to know why Emma has kept these important events from her. Shannon was very young when Lois died, but she fondly remembers her and longs to see the full picture of what happened.
At the heart of the matter is the fact that Lois and her screenwriter husband, Arthur Solomon, were blacklisted in the 1950s. It changed everything and sparked events that continue to impact Emma.
Masks will be compulsory for spectators.
The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets cost $ 17.50.
Free your inner opera fan returns
Berks County Opera House“Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan” from “Unleash Your Inner Opera Fan” will return at 7 pm Friday at the Wyomissing Public Library.
In partnership with Fox Theaters, the series presents Met Live broadcasts in HD with entertaining and informative multimedia presentations.
The opera is “Boris Godunov” by Mussorgsky, and the presentation is titled “It’s not always good to be a Czar or Russian history 101”. The live artists are Aaron Scarberry, tenor, and Caleb Flick, pianist. The presentation will include an introduction to the Met Live HD show of “Boris Godunov”, which can be seen at 12:55 pm on Saturday at Berkshire Fox in Wyomissing.
New this season is the live broadcast of the presentation.
Admission is $ 20 for adults and seniors and $ 10 for students and those under 30. Reservations are recommended. Call Berks Opera at 484-752-2462 or email [email protected] to reserve.
Enjoy Beatles Music at Zoellner
America’s most unique celebration of Beatles music and muse will take place at Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Weeklings Beatlesbash will feature former members of Styx, the original Beatlemania on Broadway, Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes and house band BeatleFest, Liverpool.
Experience a note-for-note celebration of timeless Beatles music including “Eleanor Rigby”, “Something”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “Back in the USSR”. The event will feature a 10-piece brass and string orchestra that recreates the luxurious sounds of the original Fab Four recordings.
Masks must be worn indoors on the Lehigh University campus, regardless of immunization status.
Tickets cost $ 35 and $ 45.
Screen arts at the Williams Center for the Arts
Williams Arts Center in Easton will continue his virtual performances of “Great Art on Screen,” a series of live-air event documentaries that take an in-depth look at the extraordinary and revolutionary masters of the art of their time. With expert scholars and remarkable storytellers, audiences travel the world to experience a global revolution in art, history and biography.
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the artist’s birth, “Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice” immerses the audience in the life of the last great artist of the Italian Renaissance, as told by Helena Bonham Carter, at 7 pm Monday.
Tickets are $ 15 for live access, available through the Williams Center for the Arts box office, by phone at 610-330-5009, and in line. Customers will receive a link to the event 24 hours before the virtual curtain time and a reminder one hour before.