Street Scene: American Opera in Two Acts, featuring lyrics by Langston Hughes, a Tony Award winning score, and a thirty-piece orchestra, opened last night at Muhlenberg College, and continues through Sunday, March 29, 2015.
Kurt Weill’s American Opera was a revelation when it opened in 1947: a piece of musical theatre that pirouetted gloriously across the gap between classical opera and the vitality of American jazz and blues…Passions stir and gossip swirls in the brutal summer heat of a tenement in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan in the late 1920s. It’s a world filled with hope, violence, and love, in which the characters struggle — some to rise up, some to get out, some to find joy, some simply to survive.
The comedy Love, Sex and the IRS opens tonight at Pennsylvania Playhouse on Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem, PA. Tickets may be bought online. 610-865-6665. The show closes before tax day, on April 12, 2015.
The classic children’s book The Velveteen Rabbit comes to life on stage at the Charles A Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, this weekend courtesy of the PA Youth Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27th, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th, and a final performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. 2015. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office within one hour of the show.
The Philadelphia-based trio illumine, consisting of a violinist-composer, a lyric mezzo, and an improvisatory pianist, open their second season tonight, Friday, March 27th with a a concert of works composed exclusively by violinist, David Matthew Brown.
Spanning nearly ten years of music, this program will feature a broad array of dramatic styles, from solo to chamber music – serious, comic, sacred, and frightening music, to a newly arranged suite from Azaio, David’s 2014 Celtic-influenced, Italian language opera, composed with Librettist/Director Karen Saillant for the International Opera Theater. Philadelphia-based flutist, Carolyn Giardini (respective sister, daughter, and sister-in-law to illumine) joins the ensemble for a much anticipated collaboration!
Two concerts will be presented this weekend; Friday, March 27th, 2015 – 7:00PM and Saturday, March 28th, 2015 – 7:00PM at Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 South Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA.
Jessie Barth, a champion of Oscar Hammerstein II’s legacy, will lead a Hammerstein Sing-along with singer Barb Weikamp and pianist Lori Rosolowsky, both from Doylestown, on Saturday, March 28 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Doylestown Bookshop in honor of Local History Month. Will Hammerstein (Oscar Hammerstein’s grandson) will be attending as a sepcial guest.
Entitled “A Hammerstein SING! with a Personal Twist,” the program is free and open to the public. Attendees who have been to previous SINGS! will find new twists to enjoy, both in song and story. As always, attendees will be invited to sing several Hammerstein songs (lyric sheets provided) as well as read excerpts of his writings, but also this event will feature Barb Weikamp, who will dress and sing as leading ladies from various Rodgers & Hammerstein shows.
The Pennsburg U.C.C. (775 Main Street, Pennsburg) is holding its 2nd Annual Spring Bazaar in their church social hall on Saturday, March 28th from 9 to 3. Lots of great crafts and home-baked goods will be for sale.
And last, but not least, this is the LAST WEEKEND to pledge your support for our own local, free, celebrate music and the first day of summer festival, Make Music Upper Perk, on our Kickstarter page ((and get some cool thank you gifts for pledging).