Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra presents its “Winter Vivaldi” concert on Sunday at 3 p.m., at Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem. The program is for chamber ensemble and features principal instrumentalists of the Sinfonia rather than full orchestra. The repertoire includes works by Bach, Telemann, Neruda and Gallo.
Father Sean Brett Duggan, pianist, once more joins Sinfonia musicians, including violinist Mary Ogletree and flutist Robin Kani. Duggan is a monk at Saint Joseph Abbey in Louisiana, with extensive formal training and recital experience. He has been a regular with the Sinfonia since 2000. Trumpeter Lawrence Wright also will be performing.
For further info: PASinfonia.org
Forks Township’s Nina Attinello, 17, a junior at Easton Area High School, was voted best actress in a [lay, as announced on the 2013 BroadwayWorld Philadelphia website on Jan. 9. She captured regional attention in the role of Wendla in Civic Theatre of Allentown’s 2013 fall production of “Spring Awakening.”
Tony-nominated actress Andrea McArdle, the original Broadway “Annie,” won for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in “Mame” at the Media Theatre/Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope. Attinello, who made her Civic debut, also was nominated in the category.
An email from Broadwayworld.com explained the voting process: “Nominations are open to the public in the month of October, and that list is then checked and whittled down by our local editors, and then voting is open to the public in November/December.”
Other nominees from “Spring Awakening:” Michael Barthel as Melchior (best actor in a musical); Alexander Michaels as Moritz (best actor in a musical); Morgan Reilly as Ilse (best supporting actress in a musical), and John Schaffer as Otto (best supporting actor in a musical). Also, Civic Artistic director, William Sanders, for best director of a musical, and the production for best ensemble/musical, best musical, and best theater company.
Sanders called Attinello’s performance “fantastic,” and of the cast, “it was solid, amazing, involved, connected work by all involved, doing very difficult emotional material. I was thrilled to have had the opportunity to bring this piece to Allentown.”
Nina is the daughter of Jimmy and Kathy Attinello, and sister of Andrea, 16, an Easton Area High School varsity cheerleader. She studied at Pennsylvania Youth Theatre in Bethlehem and with dance instructor Lynn Mariani. She also performs with Country Gate Players in Belvidere, N.J. She is captain of the debate team, a writer for The Junto school paper, and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She hopes to pursue a double major in theater and pre-med for a career as a pediatric oncologist.
She won a 2012 Freddy Award for outstanding performance by an actress in a supporting role for her portrayal of Lola in the school musical production of “Damn Yankees.” She is portraying Marguerite in “The Secret Pimpernel” scheduled for March.
McArdle can be seen in an evening of song and dance in “4 Girls 4” with Leslie Uggams, Maureen McGovern and Donna McKechnie on April 4, at the State Theatre.
For further info: broadwayworld.com/philadelphia