Multiple Southside businesses are places to enter a raffle for the Tony Orlando’s Great American Christmas show at the Sands Event Center. Check out the details here:
A Child’s Requiem, an oratorio written by Lehigh composer Steven P. Sametz to honor the twenty children and six adults who were killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, will be performed for the first time in the Lehigh Valley.
“We do these things for the living,” Sametz said. “We do it for the comfort of those left behind.”
Lehigh University Choral Arts and Dr. Steven Sametz, Artistic Director, and Sun Min Lee, Associate Director present Sametz’s A Child’s Requiem featuring Tami Petty, soprano and David Vanderwahl, tenor along with The Princeton Singers, The Princeton Girlchoir, and twenty-two member orchestra and over 200 singers of Lehigh University Choral Arts on Friday, Saturday, November 6 & 7 at Zoellner Arts Center. Vaughan Williams’ “A Serenade to Music,” a serenely beautiful tribute to the healing power of music on a text by William Shakespeare, opens the program. Tickets are $18 and free for Lehigh students.
“On December 14, 2012, images of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut dominated the news. Chief among them was the photograph of a line of children being out of the school to the nearby fire station. From the time I considered writing a piece to commemorate these children and their teachers, three lines suggested themselves and haunted me recalling that picture: ‘Stay in line…’ ‘Hold hands…’ ‘Keep your eyes closed…’ I knew these would be the first intoned words of A Child’s Requiem,” said Sametz on his website.
“I am giving a voice to children affected by gun violence. The arts can offer healing and a way to approach difficult subjects. It’s possible that this may open a larger conversation about how we keep our children safe” Sametz says. “Working with The Swain School (Allentown, PA) and Hamilton-Disston Elementary School (Philadelphia) was a transformative process in giving voice to children’s stories and how they are affected by tragedy and loss.”
Allentown native 7-year-old Jessica Stone, put crayon to paper after a discussion with her mother about what happens to people when they die. Stone’s crayon drawing shows two friends holding hands — newly minted angels on a cloud to heaven — along with a sun and rainbow. Her drawing has become the iconic artwork associated with the piece.
WDIY is the Lehigh University Music Department media sponsor. Dr. Silagh White, Director of Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs at Lehigh University will lead a pre-show discussion at 7 pm about Sametz’s process of connecting to students in schools for his libretto. She will also talk about the importance of giving our children a voice in tragedy and grief.
Sametz, a native of Westport, CT said “A Child’s Requiem” “revolves around a libretto, much of which was written by children. “It’s paired with lines from [the American poets Ralph Waldo] Emerson and [Emily] Dickinson and H.D. [Hilda Doolittle, who was born in Bethlehem]. It’s a collision between the adult world and the world of innocence. I hope to offer this piece as a gift to the town of Newtown as they heal from their tragic loss.”
Artistic director, Steven Sametz marks his 35th year as Director of Choral Activities at Lehigh University. Sametz is the first professor at Lehigh to be named a candidate in the Fulbright Specialist Program, a US government-sponsored program sending master teachers to universities around the world.
Sametz has earned increasing renown in recent years both as a composer and conductor. Sametz is the Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music and director of Lehigh University Choral Arts, one of the country’s premiere choral programs. He is the founding director of the Lehigh Choral Union and the Lehigh University Choral Composers’ Forum, a summer course of study designed to mentor emerging choral composers. Since 1998, he has served as Artistic Director for the professional a cappella ensemble, The Princeton Singers. Recently, Sametz has made guest conducting appearances at the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, the Berkshire Music Festival, the New York Chamber Symphony and the Netherlands Radio Choir. His compositions have been heard in music festivals throughout the world and his work appeared on the Grammy award-winning CD Colors of Love by Chanticleer.
Sametz received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Council on the Arts and the Santa Fe music festival. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and Chorus America. Before coming to Lehigh, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Harvard University. Sametz received degrees from Yale University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany.
Associate director, Sun Min Lee, the Robert Cutler Professor of Practice in Choral Arts, is the director of the women’s choir Dolce, an associate conductor of Lehigh Choral Arts, teacher of aural skills for both beginners and advanced musicians, and overseer of the voice program. Lee served as an assistant professor of choral conducting for eight years at Rider University’s Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She was the director of the Westminster Chapel Choir and the Rider University Chorale. Lee holds a Bachelor of Church Music degree from the Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in her native South Korea and an advanced diploma in Kodaly’s music pedagogy from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. She received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting with distinction from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where she was the recipient of the Currin Foundation Scholarship.
The Lehigh University Choral Arts is dedicated to the preservation and practice of the art of choral singing. It has a repertoire spanning over six centuries and includes music from around the globe. Lehigh University Choral Arts provides an opportunity to explore the best in choral literature while fostering and improving vocal technique and artistry. Lehigh Choral Arts has been heard on NPR and toured internationally, most recently to Italy in May of 2015.
For tickets, call 610-758-2787, ext. 0, visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Tuesday 12-6 pm, Wednesday through Friday from 12-5 p.m, or two hours before curtain, or order online at http://www.zoellnerartscenter.org. Senior, student, group and LVAIC discounts are available.
Here’s how we get excited to hear a legendary R&B singer at the Zoellner Arts Center.
Step 1 – set hair appointments (if needed)
Step 2 – consider a fancy wrap or shawl to prep for chilly temps between the valet parking and the receiving line. Once inside, you’ll be confortable.
Step 3 – consider making Patti LaBelle’s Mac & Cheese. (Did you know she has a cooking show?) You can read about how she “cooks her face off” in this Rolling Stone Magazine article. Even our local food blogger, Michelle Rittler says this one’s a winner!
Step 4 – learn interesting facts about Patti Labelle. She was born and raised in Philadelphia. She has her own line of BBQ sauce. She’s involved with charity work, too. On Monday, October 19, the Empire State Building will honor Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research by shining its world-famous tower lights in red and purple to celebrate Angel Ball 2015. Patti LaBelle and Denise Rich will “flip the switch” for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and light the world-famous Empire State Building’s tower lights in red and purple in honor of Angel Ball 2015 at 12pm on Monday. (Benefits blood cancer research)
Step 5 – review Patti LaBelle’s greatest hits.
Lady Marmalade – check out the artistic vision in this vintage video:
need the lyrics?
Hey Sister, Go Sister, Soul Sister, Go Sister [x2]
He met Marmalade down in Old New Orleans
Struttin’ her stuff on the street
She said ‘Hello,
Hey Joe, you wanna give it a go?
‘Mmm Hmmm Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da [? ]
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya
Here [? ]
Mocca chocolata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
He savored her cool
While she freshed up
That boy drank all that magnolia wine
On the black satin sheets where
He started to freak
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Here
Mocca chocalata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Heh, Heh, Hehhhh
Seeing her skin feeling silky smooth
Colour of cafe au lait
Made the savage beast inside
Roaring till it cried More, More, More
Now he’s at home doing 9 to 5
Living his brave life of lies
But when he turns off to sleep
All memories keep More, More, More
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da Da
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya here
Mocca chocolata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?
Voulez-vous couchez avec moi ce soir?
Creole Lady Marmalade
Somebody Loves You Baby
If You Asked Me To (again, more vintage hair!)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
The Right Kinda Lover
On My Own (featuring Michael McDonald)
A New Attitude (1984 styling. OMG, that hair! Those nails! DIVA Delicious!)
Finally… Ms. Patti appeared on season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. What an entertainer!
WHY go through all this preparation? Because Ms. LaBelle (and any artist, for that matter) wants an audience to get into their show. Singing along (but not too loud to draw attention away from the performance) is OK. Delighting in how the artist stylizes her most popular tunes and showing facial appreciation is another way to draw out an even BETTER performance.
Live art is something truly special. Seeing a legend is an extraordinary experience – have as much fun prepping for this concert as we are!
Looking for students, staff or faculty willing and able to play in the pit band for VIOLET, a musical production being produced by the Department of Theatre in November 2015. Rehearsals for the band would begin in early October 2015, and all members must be available on evenings and weekends from November 7-21.
2 guitarists (acoustic and electric), doubling on banjo & mandolin
For more information or questions, please contact Bill Whitney, Music Director/Conductor, at email@example.com
Are you the person we seek? Can you offer assistance with the digital media and marketing projects at Zoellner Arts Center? We have an internship that supports arts@Lehigh, the information agency that promotes what’s happening in the arts on campus and in the local community. Honestly, this is one of the most fun jobs you’ll ever have. You’d be missing out on a chance of a lifetime if you didn’t apply.
The position is a non-paid, part-time internship and can be credit based with a time commitment of 15 hours per week. It could also be available for work study for 10 hours per week. We even have more than one position available. We’re flexible like that.
Assist in the creation and implementation of marketing strategy and tactics for an assortment of programs and activities in the Zoellner Arts Center, including but not limited to Guest Artist series, Notations, Film Series, Music Department, Department of Theatre, LUArt Galleries, Art Architecture and Design Department, and multiple student clubs and groups. What? You thought the arts weren’t a big deal at Lehigh? Come join the team and learn how amazing they are! If you don’t know how to do these tasks:
- Perform social media market research – and share your insights.
- Collect and analyze marketing data to develop and adjust marketing plans – because we know your perspective has more value to add than just ours alone.
- Assist in the creation of social media activity reports – we like gifs.
- Maintain good client relations through professionalism in all functions of customer service. Just take cues from us. We’re always professional – even when we answer the phone after taking a bite of a thick peanut butter sandwich.
- Contribute to arts@Lehigh, blogs (yup, we have a couple), Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, YouTube Channel, and Twitter pages. Maybe even a little YikYak. Are you Red Canoe?
- Perform other duties as requested – We promise you won’t need to get coffee, or hang our coats. We’re not Miranda Priestly, or anything.
- We may ask you to comment on our wardrobe if we are trying too hard to be nerdy hipster cool.
… we’ll teach you how through practical application. We don’t just read about it – we do it!
Have a clear understanding (or learn quickly) and be able to work in the following digital and marketing channels defined as:
- Mobile Applications
- Content Creation/Management
- Social Media
- Special Events
QUALIFICATIONS, ATTRIBUTES & EXPERIENCE:
- College student majoring in marketing, advertising or communications desired, but not required. We’re more interested in your passion. Credentials may get you the job, but determination and grit will help you keep it.
- Familiarity with all aspects of social media – beyond posting about what you ate for lunch. We are foodies, though.
- Detail oriented with the ability to multi-task. Meaning, know you have multiple things to do – but not expected to do them all at the same time with both hands while on a bicycle
- Strong writing and speaking skills
- Ability to communicate and maintain a professional demeanor – that means deliver what you promised – or let us know early if you misjudged your ability to time travel.
- Strong work ethic and positive attitude
- Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator skills would rock our world
- Highly organized and task oriented. Don’t just tell us. Show us.
- Excellent critical thinking skills
- Sense of wonder
- Sensible dot connecting – that means, making smart connections between people, places, and things
- Willingness to learn explore and appreciate that the finer things in life are not always things you can hold in your hands
- Desire to be a part of something greater
Please send resumes and cover letter to:
Director of Arts Engagement and Community Cultural Affairs.
@Silagh would work, too. Pick your platform. See if you can find me. Hint: it’s not a bird exactly.
If the reader already knows about these tours and wants to skip to ordering tickets, click here.
Reflections from 2014 Tour:
I had the good fortune of experiencing a full days of these tours last year. It was a delight to walk in the holy spaces where the ancestors of Bethlehem’s rich and diverse culture held their European traditions. Some of the churches on the tours were closed in 2009, so it’s with extraordinary effort that the opportunity is available again for a limited time. Half of the churches on the list are within blocks from campus.
Added benefit to the tours of the churches, are the stories shared by retired steelworkers as the bus roams through the former Bethlehem Steel plant. To hear about the working conditions and the multiple generations of families that dedicated their lives to making the steel that built America is to see the heroism and nostalgia of the place now converted into new community assets with the ArtsQuest arts compound and the Sands Casino/Mall.
What other treats of surprise stories were from my fellow travelers. As we shared a cozy bus ride, I heard many childhood memories of growing up in South Bethlehem. Where they once played, swam (Mohler Lab had a swimming pool when it was a synagog!!), and shopped. The original Banko Beverage was in a little shop in South Bethlehem. This is the same Banko that is now one the area’s generous supporters of the arts and community. There’s so many more delights of knowledge, but I don’t want to take the joy of discovery for the reader. You’ll just have to experience it.
I will dish on lunch; the Steelworker’s Overtime Lunch. Yes, you’ll know what that means – but here’s a picture of what was offered. Can you spy the local tastes of A-Treat soda and Tastykakes in addition to the robust sandwich, hard boiled egg, chips and wedge of cheese? Yummy and filled my up for the second tour (Ok, I saved half of it for dinner!). It was a great day.
The tours start up again this weekend. Few spots left. See you on the bus!
From the Steelworker’s Archive press release:
Guided by the Steelworkers’ Archives, Inc. and the South Bethlehem Historical Society, these mini-bus tours provide historic interpretation of work at the Bethlehem steel mill, the South Side Bethlehem churches, and the connections between steelworkers, their churches, and the South Side’s ethnic, steel working communities.
This is the second year of Steeples and Steel tours. Last year’s tours were very successful. Tourists on last year’s tours commented:
“We three were blown away today by the beauty of the churches and the depth of knowledge we learned about the Steel”,
“We can understand the pride you must all feel in your lovely house of worship. We feel no need to go to Europe to see amazing churches; they are in our own backyard. Thank you.”
“This day provided a rare opportunity to regenerate the Bethlehem cohort of cultures who worked collectively in Bethlehem Steel with a love for faith who built treasured and illuminative churches in Bethlehem.”
The tours are scheduled for Saturdays (see dates below). Tours will leave from St. John’s Windish Church at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The initial one-hour section of the tour, guided by a representative from the South Bethlehem Historical Society, will tour steelworker neighborhoods and churches on Bethlehem’s South Side. One church will be entered each tour, with a church member guide. This will be followed by a one-hour steelworker-guided tour of the Bethlehem Steel site. A “steelworker’s overtime” bag lunch will be provided to tour participants for take-out or to eat at St. John’s Windish Kaiser Auditorium.
9:30 – St. Michael’s Cemetery <- this is a special link to a short film created by Lehigh faculty Michael Kramp and Stephanie Powell Watts. See description below.
A photo montage of St. Michael’s Cemetery in South Bethlehem shows the current state of disarray and still the the abiding dignity of the space. The cemetary, started in 1867 on land donated by Asa Packer, belongs to the Holy Infancy parish. Overgrown with broken and shifted grave markers, it was made famous by a 1935 photograph by Walker Evans, “Graveyard and Steel Mill.” The film recreates a visual metaphor of the Evan’s photo by scanning over the life of the South Side (where people live), work (the now defunct Bethlehem Steel) and death in the cemetery. Made in part with support from the Southside Film Institute, PBS 39 and Lehigh University.
1:00—Holy Infancy Roman Catholic Church <- link to historical reference page created by the South Bethlehem Historical Society.
Tours will leave from St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church, 617 E. Fourth Street at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 pm.
A free, public OPEN HOUSE held at St. John’s Windish Church from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. will include table displays of historical materials and artifacts from local community agencies and churches. A free tour of St. John’s Windish Church will be held at 12:15 p.m. Refreshments will be available.
Ticket prices for the mini-bus tours are $15 per person.
Advance reservations are required. Tickets can be ordered through: http://www.steelworkersarchives.com or at 610-861-0600. All ticket sales are final. Special thanks to Northampton County’s Department of Community and Economic Development and Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative for their generous support.
Building excitement around a living legend is on one hand exciting, but on the other, intimidating! There’s so much about Darlene Love’s upcoming concert to get excited about. For our readers, here is a compilation of links to Darlene Love’s impressive work and some other interesting things collected along the way:
A list of 15 videos of Darlene Love:
Darlene Love’s first performance of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on David Letterman, 1986
Nice 3:29 video recap of her earlier work:
Articles worth reading:
Darlene Love is mentioned in this Huffington Post article, “The Unsung Hero of Sixties Music“
Connecting the Dots – Teaching Resources:
From the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Online Curriculum – “How the Other Half Lives: The Best of Girl Group Rock” by Greil Marcus. (Now that’s an author worth reading more.)
Celebrating 145 years of singing, the Lehigh Choral Arts fall concert features director Steven Sametz’s choral symphony Carmina Amoris; a dynamic masterwork that sets a collection of medieval poems and love letters to music for orchestra, chorus, tenor and soprano soloists. The concert features sopranos Carmen Pelton and Tami Petty, and Grammy-winning tenor William Burden.
If you have not yet heard one of Sametz’ compositions, you may be delighted to experience music that is at one time tender, and another time tumultuous. The signers are put through the wringer in articulation. Often times their syllables turn percussive; somewhat more a sound scape than language. One need look to the text to see how Sametz adapts melody to deliver the delicate nuances of love. But just as you’ve been soothed, the realities of being in love come crashing in with frenetic understanding of the frustrations of relationships. What compels Sametz to write on love with such vigorous complexity?
Sametz’ program note explains, “When I first began to look at medieval Latin texts for Carmina amoris, the epigrams, marginalia, and love letters I found by clerics and nuns from the fourth to the thirteenth centuries were a revelation. The beauty and freshness of the language spoke across the centuries. In matters of love (longing, desire, lamenting, sleepless wondering, making up and quarreling), it appears not much has changed from the so-called “dark ages” to our own well-illumined era.”
Writing about Sametz’ work in the Choral Journal, Douglas Boyer states, “Reflecting the growing debate on gay civil liberties, [this work] speaks to the struggle that has been inherent for the gay population for centuries.”
To attend any of the performance of this work, whether this weekend or next week in New York, one may walk away with a renewed sense of purpose.
The Choral Arts performs Carmina Amoris and I Have Had Singing in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center on Friday, November 14th and Saturday November 15th – both at 8pm, or next week at the historic performance in Carnegie Hall on Friday, November 21 at 7pm in honor of Lehigh’s 150th anniversary. To understand the significance of the Carnegie Hall performance, the Lehigh University Communications Office prepared this video:
For deeper look into Sametz’ composition, please visit his website through which he shares the original Latin texts, English translations, and even sound clips of the work. But don’t let this complete online access to his work replace the moment of sharing the life of the work in live performance. To be surrounded by the natural acoustics of the human voice to ear; presented by musicians of the highest caliber in a concert hall built for exactly this connection, is to experience the best quality of sound and spirit.