Sorry for not posting earlier this week about all the great arts happenings coming up. Wrapping up and recovering from this year’s Make Music Upper Perk took a few days, and then there was all the breaking national news. And the rain. And then sun. And then more rain.
But I am seeing some sun breaking through, and reflecting in the puddles outside. At some point over the next few days I’ll be posting more photos and video from last Sunday’s musical performances that took place all around the Upper Perkiomen Valley as part of Make Music Upper Perk. And updating the theater, music, and arts pages which list upcoming events in and around the Valley.
I do have a few suggestions for those venturing out this weekend; regardless of the weather.
Last weekend’s Art in the Park in Allentown was postponed due to rain, and in now scheduled to take place tomorrow, Saturday, June 27th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at West Park (16th and Turner Streets). Art in the Park is a free event for all ages featuring music and dance in the bandshell, and art works on display from over 100 artists, and a Children’s Art Corner.
Civic Theater, 19th Street, Allentown, has produced the Stephen Sondheim musical Follies as a concert, this weekend only, Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27th, 7:30 p.m.
At a reunion hosted by their former theatre, a parade of ex-showgirls with fractured pasts take the stage one last time. Surreal, sophisticated, compelling, heart wrenching and epic in scope, Follies by musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim and author James Goldman, uses the musical theatre as a metaphor for the collapse of American innocence and naiveté in the post-Kennedy years. Inside a crumbling theatre, a group of ex-Follies who have come together for a reunion perform a number of brilliant pastiche numbers, including “Losing My Mind,” “I’m Still Here,” and “Broadway Baby.” Amid the reminiscing, two middle-aged couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present, and come face to face with the future. The civic will present this masterpiece of musical theatre in concert, emphasizing the raw emotional power that drives the show’s music.
Saturday night, June 27th at 7 p.m. will see the first concert in a Summer Recital Series in Harleysville at Church of the Holy Spirit (2871 Barndt Road), featuring Seth Trumbore on piano, Keoni Bolding on violin, and Peter Lockman on cello playing Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elegiaque. FREE.
Sunday night, June 28th, one can attend a Valley Vivaldi summer concert at Christ Lutheran Church in Allentown (1245 W. Hamilton Street). The music begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets will be sold at the door.
Vivaldi- Concerto for strings in d minor
Telemann- Trio sonata for violin and recorder
Rainer Beckmann, recorder
J. S. Bach- Trio sonata in G for two violins
Vivaldi- Chamber concerto in g (recorder, oboe, violin, cello)
Albinoni- Violin concerto in A
Simon Maurer, violin