One of my favorite things about summer time is the overwhelming bounty of free theater, concerts, and arts events that are held in our area and beyond.
In The Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony award winning musical, will be performed free outside at the Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks (645 E. 1st Street, Bethlehem, PA – South Side Bethlehem) tonight, Monday, July 16th and Monday, July 23rd, beginning at 7:30 p.m. I suggest folks get there early! Parking is free, as is seating;
- Blankets or folding chairs. Lawn seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The front section of the Pavilion is reserved for blankets only.
- Food & beverage are available for purchase at the Mack Truck Stop and the ArtsQuest Center.
- Coolers are permitted (non-alcoholic beverages only). Alcohol is available for purchase for patrons 21 or older. Outside alcohol is not permitted.
Third Thursday in Allentown, PA, on July 19th this month, in downtown Allentown is free and open to the public from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., and this month features a group summer art show, “Landscapes, Cityscapes, Faces & Places,” Free Art Making with Francis Beaty from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at The Baum School of Art (510 Linden Street, Allentown), and free admission to the Allentown Art Museum where the galleries will be filled with the sounds of Interactive Drumming with LV Drum Circle, along with photography workshops, a documentary screening, and free tours of the art on display will be offered.
The marvelous chamber music trio, Illumine will be giving a concert at New Goshenhoppen UCC Church (1070 Church Road, East Greenville, PA) on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 7 p.m. Admission is free; a donation is suggested.
Projecting the distinct voices of five contemporary composers, illumine presents a dramatic journey from the depths of hardship and longing for what could be, through enlightenment, to the whimsy of wit, and ardent love of family. Specially featured is the world premiere of The House With Nobody In It, composed for illumine by Timothy Miller (PARMA Recording Artist), winner of the 2018 Commissioning Competition. Joining Miller’s piece will be works by the two competition runners-up, Paul Richards (Research Foundation Professor of Music, University of Florida) and Tony Solitro (PhD, UPenn); flutist-composer, Cynthia Folio (Chair of Music Studies, Temple University); and illumine violinist, David Brown. Flutist, Carolyn Giardini, and composer-conductor, Andrew Desiderio join the ensemble.
The 2nd Annual Red Hill Band Pops Concert is Sunday night, July 22nd, 2018, at the New Goshenhoppen Park (3rd Street, East Greenville, PA). Music selections include pieces by Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, The Beatles, Barry Manilow, Lady Gaga, and more. The concert is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be sold by the Green Lane-Marlborough Lions Club.
And for something completely different, the Monkees tribute band, The Monkeephiles (yes, there really is such a thing!), will be playing at Maurice W. Foulke bandshell in Souderton Park (Wile Ave & Reliance Rd, Souderton, PA ) on Sunday, July 22, 2018, as part of Concert Sundaes. The concert is free (bring blankets/lawn chairs, and maybe some pocket money if you are interested in buying some ice cream!). In Case Of Rain, the concert will be moved indoors at Indian Crest Midddle School at 139 Harleysville Pike.