The concerts will include music from its newest CD, “A Child’s Christmas in Bethlehem,” plus carols from across the centuries and around the world.
For further info: bach.org
The Allentown Band pays tribute to one of its own, the late Warren “Max” Wilson (1923-2013), as it also welcomes the return of world-class euphonium soloist, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Ham of the U.S. Military Band, at its holiday concert/Pearl Harbor concert on Sunday at 3 p.m., at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.
The concert will feature Summer Harmony Men’s Chorus under the direction of Clair Neamand, and the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania/Keystone Girls Choir under the direction of K. Bernard Schade, making their first appearance at the concert.
Music will include selections from John Philip Sousa, Victor Herbert, Richard Rodgers and George Frederick Handel.
Allentown Band Conductor Ronald Demkee said that Wilson loved playing trombone and playing in the trombone section of the band (1970 to 2011), along with serving as the organization’s business manager and president.
“Warren loved to laugh,” Demkee said, “and he is going to love hearing ‘Lassus Trombone’ played in his honor.”
Veterans are admitted free to the ticketed event.
For further info: allentownband.com
The Wizards of Winter will have a fourth original member of The Trans Siberian Orchestra join them on stage on Sunday at 4 p.m., at the State Theatre in Easton. Michael Lanning toured with TSO for many years and is best known for his powerful vocals on “Christmas Nights in Blue” and “Christmas Dreams” from TSO’s album, “The Lost Christmas Eve.” Joining Lanning and The Wizards will be former TSO members Tommy Farese, Guy LeMonnier and Tony Gaynor.
The combined show storyline this year is based around The Wizards of Winter’s “Tales Beneath a Northern Star,” integrated with many features of “Christmas Eve” and other stories.
The Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Eugene Albulescu, presents the family-friendly “Musical Adventures” concert on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m., at Baker Hall on the Bethlehem campus. The concert features Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” and New Zealand composer Jenny McLeod’s “The Emperor and the Nightingale” set against a colorful multimedia slide show created by orchestra manager and artist Linda Ganus.
For further info: zoellnerartscenter.org
Tom D’Angelo will be recognized as Artist of the Year at ACE, the Arts Community of Easton’s arts awards gala on Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Bank Street Annex. Joining D’Angelo for outstanding contributions to the arts community in 2013 are: Patron of the Year, Greater Easton Development Partnership, and Volunteer of the Year, Yevette Hendler.
A silent auction will benefit the ACE scholarship fund. Also, two scholarships will be awarded to local high school students in the areas of fine arts and for performing arts.
For further info: eastonart.com
There’s no prouder family in our midst than the Wyckoff’s of Belvidere, Warren Co., N.J., whose 18 ½-foot, farm-grown blue spruce was selected to adorn the White House Blue Room this holiday season. Grown on the Wyckoff Christmas Tree Farm in Belvidere, N.J., the tree was chosen as the 2013 National Christmas Tree Association grand champion winner of the national tree contest.
Winners of the contest have provided the official White House Christmas Tree since 1966. This is the first time for a farm-grown tree from New Jersey to be selected in the national contest.
The Wyckoff Farm has been in the family since 1839, passing from generation to generation. The farm is currently owned by John W. Wyckoff, Jr., and Judy Wyckoff Morris. The current John Wyckoff is the sixth generation to farm the land. His two sons, John and Bill, along with their families help on the farm, especially during the Christmas season.