For further info: riversidesymphonia.org
The Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks in Bethlehem will host a patriotic concert by The Allentown Band, with Conductor Ronald Demkee, on Friday at 7:30 p.m., featuring soloists Chet Brown and Evelyn Stewart. The program includes marches by John Philip Sousa and classic selections of George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” plus a “Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.” The concert will be followed by the City of Bethlehem’s fireworks display.
The holiday celebration continues with family activities at SteelStacks on Saturday, starting at 11:30 a.m., with a Peas and Qs family performance by folk singer and educator Ed McDade at the Air Products Town Square. The musical slate includes The Sofa Kings, Mike Dugan, Marla and the Juniper Street Band, and the Lelica Band.
For further info: artsquest.org
The city of Allentown’s “Red, White & Blue Fourth of July Festival” stretches from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, with the action taking place at J. Birney Crum Stadium and Cedar Beach Parkway (Linden and 20th streets). The free event features a patriotic pet parade, children’s rides, and a fireworks display. The lineup includes the Sharon Plessl School of Dance, Excel Dance Company, Radio Disney, Scott Marshall and Marshall’s Highway, Xcape, a K-9 Demonstration, Allentown Marine Band, and the Lehigh Valley Parachute Team.
For further info: allentownpa.gov/community/events
The Pioneer Band continues the music of Allentown’s Summer Concert Series with a patriotic concert tonight at 7:30 at West Park, between 15th and 16th streets, Linden and Turner streets. The band performs Friday at 6 p.m. at Emmaus Community Park, just off Pennsylvania Avenue, and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Allentown Arts Park, North 5th and Court streets.
For further info: pioneerband.com
When the fireworks clear, get ready for the Lehigh Valley premiere of “Tarzan: The Broadway Musical.” It’s being presented by Sing for America and opens Tuesday through July 13 at Northeast Middle School in Bethlehem. The musical is based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s “Tarzan of the Apes.” Music is by rock legend Phil Collins, with book by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang.
The musical is the seventh for Sing for America, a group of five siblings from the Gilbert family of Easton with a twofold mission: “To include all types of minority groups around the Lehigh Valley in the theater experience,” and to raise monies for military families in the valley. To date, more than $33,000 has been raised for local families. There will be a basket raffle at the event.
For further info: SingForAmerica.com