FREE SYMPHONY TICKETS FOR STUDENTS
The Allentown Symphony Association is offering free tickets to Lehigh Valley students in grades 1-12 and college students up to age 25 with a student ID to orchestra concerts for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. This offer is made possible by a grant from the Century Fund.
Upcoming concerts include "Cirque de la Symphonie" Feb. 14 and 15, "Tangos and Dances" March 14 and 15, "Beethoven No. 9" with the Allentown Symphony Chorus April 11 and 12, Family Concert "Prodigy" April 26 and Pops Orchestra concert "Sounds of New Orleans: A Louis Armstrong Tribute" with Byron Stripling May 9.
Tickets are limited. To reserve, call the box office at 610-432-6715 or visit the box office 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. More info: http://www.allentownsymphony.org.
ARTS AUDIO-DESCRIPTION TRAINING
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council, in recogntion of the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will offer a two-day audio-description training workshop to the performing arts community Feb. 20-21.
By becoming more disability-friendly, a cultural venue can attract a larger audience. Audio description assists patrons who are blind or low-vision to access the visual elements of stage productions through live narration provided by describers. Patrons use headsets to hear the description.
Theater practitioners— actors, students, volunteers — are invited to enroll in the training session. The training also prepares performing arts groups to participate in the Arts and Access Celebration and to receive recognition and promotion in the Lehigh Valley.
The trainers will be Mimi Smith, executive director of VSA Pennsylvania, and Steve Smith, founders of Amaryllis Theatre Co., a professional Philadelphia theater that regularly includes artists with disabilities. They have been describers for more than two decades.
The workshop will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Butz Corporate Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 840 Hamilton St., Allentown. The cost is $50 and includes admission to an audio-described performance of "Dancing at Lughnasa" at the DeSales Labuda Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Feb. 19.
Reservations are required. Call 610-437-5915 or email operations@LVArtsCouncil.org.
DANCING WITH THE LEHIGH VALLEY STARS FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE
In conjunction with the Dancing with the Lehigh Valley Stars performance April 24, the State Theatre has announced a Team Challenge to collect donations for the non-profit Freddy Awards high school musical theatre program.
The "Star" of the Team that receives the most donations will be given a special prize at the end of the show. This is in addition the coveted Mirror Ball that will be given to the winner of the dance competition.
Supporters of each team can contribute through the State Theatre's shopping page at http://www.shopstatetheatre.org/donations. Contributions are tax deductible.
The Lehigh Valley's Local Stars are:
Team Anne: Anne Baum, vice president, Lehigh Valley for Capital BlueCross
Team Don: Don Cunningham,president and CEO, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp.
Team Lynn: Lynn Collins Cunningham, senior vice president of Bethlehem for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber
Team Sam: Sam Malone, Morning Show host, CAT Country 96
Team Eve: Eve Tannery, 69 News WFMZ anchor for Sunrise & Noon News
Team Bill: Bill White, The Morning Call columnist and blogger
Local stars will rehearse with professionals the week leading up to the event and will be dressed in costumes performing their routines during the first part of the show. The second part of the show features the professional dancers in action until the winner of the Mirror Ball is announced. In addition to the judges scores, audience members will help determine the winner. Competition judges will be made up of local community members.