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Social Medium is a free weekly open mic event held every Sunday at The Alternative Gallery in Allentown.
Social Medium provides a space where all forms of Stage Art can come together in a community setting and work on their skills.
If you are a Stand Up Comic, Improv Team, Musician, or an Actor looking for a place to practice a monologue this is the place for you!
Light refreshments are available.
Donations happily accepted.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the distinguished Brentano String Quartet is acclaimed for its interpretive power and seemingly limitless musical insight. Mark Steinberg, Serena Canin, Misha Amory, and Nina Lee return to the Williams Center with Haydn’s Quartet Opus 64, No. 2, a pivotal and expansive moment in the composer’s career, and Brahms’ penetrating Quartet in C minor. In between, representative of the Brentano’s typically brainy approach to program-making, is the idea to alternate movements of Schubert’s Minuets among Webern’s Bagatellen, thereby illuminating the younger composer’s reverence for the spirit of Vienna.
Craig Thatcher Band closes out this year’s Summer Concert Series with his Eric Clapton Retrospective show.
Explosive. Entertaining. Confident. The local, legend has been entertaining audiences with their exciting brand of blues/rock music since 1993. This is a must-see-live show! Summer Concert Series is presented by Air Products & Chemicals at Woodstone Country Club and Lodge.
Buy Tickets: GIVEaPINT.org/SummerConcertSeries, write to [email protected] or call 610.691.5850 x1294
The Signature Summer Concert Series presented by Air Products & Chemicals presents a one-of-a-kind experience, but the event also maintains a unique purpose: to save lives. All proceeds from the series benefit Miller-Keystone Blood Center and directly benefit blood transfusion recipients in our region’s hospitals. This is more than a show, but rather it is a tribute to the power of music as it brings people together to make a difference. Each guest will indeed have a hand in saving the lives of our closest neighbors, friends, families, co-workers & more.
Presenting Sponsor: Air Products
Birdie Sponsors: Phase III Environmental
Par Sponsors: Hospital Central Services, Inc. & Affiliates, Frank George
Caddie Sponsors: Bennett Family of Dealerships, JDF Interiors, In Memory of Pam Kellow, Klunk & Millan Advertising, Jack & Christine Reiber, Donald & Danielle Marano
Patron Sponsors: Fraser Advanced Information Systems, Multi-Tech Construction Inc.
Contributors: The Petrole Family, Vic Lesky, Michael & Jacqueline Kerlin, Timothy Test, DMD
In defiance of years-long Taliban influence on local culture, Pakistan’s classical masters preserved their music and improvisational techniques underground, emerging in 2011 with an ambitious recording covering Western jazz standards on traditional instruments. The Sachal Jazz Ensemble’s angle on Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” went viral, earning them world-wide recognition and an invitation from Wynton Marsalis to perform at Lincoln Center. In this cross-cultural, genre-bending concert, works by Mancini, Brubeck, and Grusin converse with practices from a cradle of civilization on sitar, flute, sarangi, and tablas—truly the quintessence of “world music.”
An iconoclastic genius and prolific composer, Duke Ellington transcended boundaries to fill the world with a treasure trove of music. In a career spanning 50 years, Ellington wrote more than 3,000 songs, played more than 20,000 performances, and gave American music its own sound for the first time. JazzReach’s ELLINGTON!—an engaging, interactive, multimedia program designed especially for young audiences—illuminates the Duke’s musical achievements, from hit songs to blues riffs to extended suites and scores for stage and screen. The critically acclaimed Metta Quintet performs live for this inspirational story of a remarkable man, musician, and bandleader.
A lifelong seeker, musically and philosophically, saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd is the consummate musician’s musician. With The Marvels—no less than Bill Frisell (guitar), Reuben Rogers (bass), Eric Harland (drums), and Greg Leisz (pedal steel)—he explores layered improvisations, capturing a universe in a single, fervent song. “Follow the career of Charles Lloyd,” says The New York Times, “and you see a map of great jazz across half a century. His shows, full of momentum and intuition, perfectly represent the idea that the best jazz needs to be experienced live.”
“The amazing precision of ensemble that Orpheus displays without benefit of a conductor remains a marvel” (The Huffington Post). From Rossini’s cheeky Overture to Il signor Bruschino to the momentous finale of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, the virtuosity of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s collective musicianship is fully realized in this elegant program. The young Norwegian trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth, praised for her “quite astonishingly outstanding intonation” (Gramophone), makes her debut with the ensemble in two works—Albinoni’s Trumpet Concerto Opus 9, No. 2 and Bach’s Trumpet Concerto in D major.
The accomplished Danish String Quartet commands the great works of quartet literature with exceptional energy and an uncommonly fresh approach. Hailed for its impeccable technique, intonation, and balance, the quartet brings dynamic new understanding to Bartók’s Quartet No. 1 and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 7 on its Williams Center debut. Selections from its 2013 release Wood Works—centuries-old Scandinavian folk tunes, arranged for string quartet—will astonish and gratify. “Theirs is playing of unusual, and unusually effective, liberty. When at their best, their tone throbs with joy” (The New York Times).
Program: Bartók / String Quartet No. 1 // Traditional / Nordic Folk Music Selections // Beethoven / String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59, No. 1
Unequivocally enchanting, these seven superlative musicians from counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin, and Donegal have produced nine award-winning recordings and a multitude of fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Danú’s high-energy pluck bursts forth in exuberant slides, reels, jigs, and hornpipes, then plunges deep within the soul of Ireland to rend the heart with the most affecting ballads. Returning to the Williams Center is the young and abundantly decorated vocalist Nell Ní Chróinin, a luminous performer of the sean-nós style—the highly ornamented form of unaccompanied traditional Irish singing.
A heady blend of acoustic and electronic, East and West, poetry and politics, Niyaz’s richly textured arrangements, sweeping choruses, and velvety vocals—courtesy of front woman Azam Ali—take inspiration from Sufi poetry, Middle Eastern folk music, and the musicians’ experiences as 21st-century global citizens. It’s “Los Angeles meets New Delhi meets Tehran,” notes NPR, yet The Fourth Light Project is a world unto itself—a modern-day global trance experience, featuring one of the first female whirling dervishes and hypnotic body-mapping projections that respond to sound and movement in real time.