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Operating as usual

11/08/2020
Book & Puppet Co.

This incredible small business in Easton PA is a bright spot in our community. Let's keep this source of joy going!

Let us share our love of books with your children

Yeah, that's right!
11/07/2020

Yeah, that's right!

Do you enjoy classical music? No matter what style you play, there's a lot to learn from it!! 😎🎶🎶🎶🎶

Time for your most uplifting playlist! Share your get-up-and-go music!
11/07/2020

Time for your most uplifting playlist! Share your get-up-and-go music!

❤️

In the Lehigh Valley arts scene, there hadn't been much to celebrate. Hopefully, we'll be seeing live music soon. In the...
10/29/2020
CD Review- Beethoven: Piano Concerti, 1 & 5 “Emperor” | New York Concert Review, Inc.

In the Lehigh Valley arts scene, there hadn't been much to celebrate. Hopefully, we'll be seeing live music soon. In the meantime, a local artist has achieved an incredible recording of two Beethoven piano concerti performed with an "orchestra of friends" frequently heard in the Lehigh Valley.

Congratulations, Eugene Albulescu.

CD Review- Beethoven: Piano Concerti, 1 & 5 “Emperor” Eugene Albulescu, piano & conductor Orchestra of Friends AMP Recordings Catalogue Number: AMPA22.2 One of the things that hasn’t been stripped from the arts community during this pandemic is the joy and pleasure of recorded art. Pianist Eug...

10/29/2020
Dina Hall

Hear from the people in front of the mic, and in the manager's office about how the pandemic has been for the venues that truly are the soul of a community.

Ramona LaBarre – managing director at Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, PA
Sarah Craig – executive director at Caffé Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY

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Webcast series contemplating performing and visual arts during uncertain times – presented over live-stream on YouTube, and Facebook. Also archived as podcasts at SoundCloud.

Each week we chat about the ongoing challenges facing professionals in the performing and visual arts during a pandemic. For example, moving performance from the live audience to the live-stream. Or teaching visual arts over the internet, without hands-on demonstration. Can you do it? How are you doing it? Is is successful? Is it sustainable? and more. Your comments and questions are encouraged!

10/23/2020
World of Dance

Wow.

They see me rollin' 🚘
They hatin'
- Jaja Vankova

10/14/2020

I don't know if the public really understands how terrible the situation is for millions of hard working professionals.

Legendary New York Metropolitan Opera has just announced its closure until September 2021. Their musicians, choirs, stage techs, etc... have been without pay since last April! Broadway is closed until 2021, 6 West End venues THINK they can open right now. Cirque du Soleil goes bankrupt and cuts over 3500 jobs. Feld Entertainment has permanently fired 90 % of his workforce. Live Nation had to lay off a large number of employees. Cruise boat artists are unemployed and amusement park productions have no idea when they will be rehired. There are no concerts, festivals or tours scheduled until 2021 and if they don't perform next year they may never happen again. No Jazz Festival, no Coachella, no Bonnaroo, no EDC, no Glastonbury, no tours, no ballet, no opera.... it's all gone.

It is predicted that 90 % of independent music rooms could close if this continues.

Artistic and musical organizations of all kinds - choirs, theaters, orchestras, dance companies, festivals, music rooms, not to mention all technical and independent suppliers - all are trying to find alternatives to succeed in working.

Over 12,000,000 people work in entertainment production, we are not insignificant and this industry can't reopen until mass gatherings are allowed.

This doesn't include the additional dismissal of techs and openers, maintenance staff for bar rooms and staff, safety and thousands of vendors.

So when you see your entertainment friends begging you to wear masks and stay home, understand that we are watching, helplessly, our industry collapse before our eyes because not enough people care about taking the necessary means to reduce the spread. This is personal to us, our whole livelihood depends on social solidarity and we will not accept to be labeled ' non essential s'.

Music and Arts are necessary for a happy and balanced society.

Everyone's career and industry is indefinitely pending. PLEASE wear your mask (on your mouth AND nose) and wash your hands.

I copied this text. Feel free to do the same thing.

#SaveOurStages #SaveTheArts #artseducationmatters #WeMakeEvents

05/29/2020

On This Day
May 29

“The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky was premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris by the Ballets Russes on this day in 1913.

05/13/2020

Missing the annual Bach B minor Mass?

05/11/2020
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Something was missing last weekend. No, not Mother's Day. No, not glorious blooming dogwood trees. There was no Bach Mass in B minor to hear in Packer Church.

Thanks to friends at WDIY we can gather in time instead of space. The glorious music will once again lift us all!

While it may not be your preferred musical style, it's an incredible masterwork. Here's your chance to give your ears a try.

We are thrilled to share this broadcasting news! We can't sing for you this weekend but click the link and join us - from your home or your car - on Saturday for the Mass in B Minor. Enormous thanks to our media partner, WDIY 88.1 FM for bringing this to all of us!

This is the best virtual piece we’ve seen. Worth a look- and read the article as if they were program notes.
05/03/2020
‘Bolero Juilliard’: Inside the Making of a Lockdown Musical Miracle

This is the best virtual piece we’ve seen. Worth a look- and read the article as if they were program notes.

Christine Baranski, Bebe Neuwirth, Jon Batiste, and the makers of “Bolero Juilliard” tell Tim Teeman how 100 performers made this mini-epic while in lockdown all over the world.

A true gentleman and leader of the Lehigh Valley arts scene. While we will miss him, his imprint is everywhere  ideas ar...
04/16/2020
Remembering Ricardo Viera, an Innovator for Visual Literacy

A true gentleman and leader of the Lehigh Valley arts scene. While we will miss him, his imprint is everywhere ideas are.

LUAG’s former longtime director, who passed away April 1, is remembered for his passion for the arts and his lifetime of contributions to Lehigh.

04/08/2020
Touchstone Theatre

Touchstone Theatre is keeping the magic of The Young Playwrights Festival alive through quarantine. Share the love, friends!

Get ready for Young Playwrights' Festival Online! We’re counting down until we get to share our finalist plays with you.

In addition to performing our finalist plays, one of the ways we’re honoring our semi-finalist playwrights is by sharing our interpretations of their work - and sharing their scripts for all of you to read! Ensemble Member Emma Ackerman did some drawings of how she imagined “Magical Princess Fairy Adventure,” written by young playwright Olivia Caleca from Farmersville Elementary. Take a look, and read Olivia’s script at bit.ly/YPF_PrincessFairy

Young Playwrights’ Festival Online performs May 9 - streaming access is free, and donations can be made at bit.ly/YPFonline

WDIY 88.1 FM
03/29/2020
WDIY 88.1 FM

WDIY 88.1 FM

Many gig workers in the arts are not eligible for typical unemployment benefits despite being out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the IATSE, the CARES act that was just passed by congress will now make financial relief available.

Got youngin's at home?
03/20/2020

Got youngin's at home?

Join Touchstone as we #StayCreative from home during this pandemic - like Ensemble Member Mary Wright, who's been channeling her creativity into storytime sessions on Facebook Live. It's a clever way that she's keeping in contact with her grandson when visiting isn't an option, but also a fun thing for anyone to check out who's at home with a small kiddo! Follow along with her at Mary Wright - Spirited Stories. #covid_19 #stayhome #staysafe #artworks

03/15/2020
Yo-Yo Ma

The Audience Guide cannot wait to hear his words of wisdom in October.

In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort. The first of my #SongsOfComfort: Dvořák – "Going Home”

Stay safe.

Music nerd alert. This is so cool!
02/23/2020
The Choir Project

Music nerd alert. This is so cool!

Amazing!! Today’s tech advances empower 2 scholars at Stanford Univ. to recreate the ancient choral sound in Istanbul’s famed Hagia Sophia! Listen to this 4’ NPR broadcast. Kudos also to Cappella Romana! (t’you, Sue!)

Portrait of a Young Woman will be on display at the Allentown Art Museum from June 7 through November 1 of this year, if...
02/21/2020
The Rembrandt That Was Fake, Then Real Again

Portrait of a Young Woman will be on display at the Allentown Art Museum from June 7 through November 1 of this year, if you want to get a look at the de-varnished canvas up close.

Right in our own backyard... or museum that's in our community. Free on Sundays!

Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: It can take a long time to be proven right. The Allentown Art Museum in

Incredible.
02/21/2020
This Graffiti Artist Makes Walls Appear Transparent Using Nothing But Spray Paint

Incredible.

Street artists have a knack for disrupting the environment and catching passersby attention. Many artists have a way to make their art interact with the surroundings and send a message that no one can ignore - as their canvas has no limits.Each great graffiti artist has their own style and something...

Do you think opera is just fat ladies wearing horny helmets while screaming high notes? Try this for a re-orientation to...
01/27/2020
Opera For Newbies: Busting Myths And Belting High Notes

Do you think opera is just fat ladies wearing horny helmets while screaming high notes?

Try this for a re-orientation to opera.

A listener's guide for the opera-curious includes a little history, a little trash-talk and some gorgeous singing.

01/22/2020
ACE: The Arts Community of Easton

This is unfortunate.

ACE ANNOUNCEMENT!
RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS:

Due to the current economics of our organization and the demand for the voluntary participation of our membership that goes underserved, we regret to announce that the Arts Community of Easton will not be in the position to sponsor the 2020 Riverside Festival of the Arts.

01/19/2020
Golem13

This takes playing in the snow to a whole new level.

Les dessins gigantesques de Simon Beck dans la neige ❄️

Thinking of starting an essay series on how the arts are supported. Ticket sale don’t make up the entire income needed t...
01/15/2020
Statement in Response to Passage of FY 2020 Spending Bills

Thinking of starting an essay series on how the arts are supported. Ticket sale don’t make up the entire income needed to operate any nonprofit arts organization.

Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch applauds five pro-arts appropriation items and thanks bipartisan partners on the Hill and across the country who advocated for them.

01/14/2020

Have you ever been to a free Bach at Noon concert? No?!?!?

We’re going to offer some live video to encourage you to come next time.

They happen every second Tuesday of the month at Central Moravian Church.

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Go Phoenix! This is so awesome, Silagh. A perfect fit, dots lovingly connected. Do what you love. Love what you do. Paul Klee said, "A line is a dot that went for a walk." The Lehigh Valley is yours, my friend.