Lehigh Valley Arts Salon

Lehigh Valley Arts Salon offers a weekly look at the many diverse cultural offerings in the area including interviews with representatives from the regions arts and culture organizations, visiting artists, feature stories and local music.   Listen every Monday night from 6:00 to 6:30 pm following NPR’s All Things Considered or catch up with a podcast right here on our website.

Host Kenn Michael talks with Hollis Ashby, Artistic and Executive Director of the Performance Series at Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College in Easton.

They discuss Williams Center's upcoming 2016/7 season of music, dance and theater performances that kicks off on Friday, September 16, 2016 with a return visit of jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, newly anointed as the top jazz trumpet player in the influential Downbeat Critics Poll.

Educator Jennie Gilrain and poet Matt Wolf join hosts Kate Scuffle and George Miller to share the exciting growth of the Favorite Poem Project of Bethlehem, from new educational outreach programs led by area writers and poets, to return of the popular FPP Public Reading at the Bethlehem Rotunda on October 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

This week's guests are Deborah Sacarakis and Andrew Cassano of the Zoellner Arts Center, celebrating their 20th season this year. 

They talk with host Bill Dautremont-Smith about the upcoming highlights of the fall half of Zoellner's 2016/17 Season that opens with "Rhythmic Circus" on Sept 10, 2016.

(Original air-date: 8/15/2016)

Hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle preview the Riverside Festival of the Arts coming up on Septmeber 17 and 18, 2016. Festival Chair Lady Colleen Heller and Ellen Shaughnessy discuss the festival, the artists, and the line-up of events this year.

The Riverside Festival of the Arts is Easton's annual celebration of the arts and Easton itself. The festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

(Original air-date: 8/8/2016)

Previewing Musikfest 2016 on LV Arts Salon

Aug 9, 2016

John Lunger, ArtsQuest director of marketing, and Mark Demko, senior director of communications, join host Charles James on this edition of Lehigh Valley Arts Salon to discuss Musikfest 2016.

They discuss this year's performers and venues. The festival, now in its 33rd year, runs August 5-14th. 

(Original air-date: 8/1/2016)

Allentown Public Theatre's "Robin Hood" on LV Arts Salon

Aug 1, 2016

Hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle preview the Allentown Public Theatre's rollicking new production of "Robin Hood" on this edition of Lehigh Valley Arts Salon. New APT Artistic Director, Anna Russell, and "Robin Hood" actress Cheryl Moritz join George and Kate in the WDIY studios.

In addition to "Robin Hood", they discuss what APT has planned for 2016-17. The Allentown Public Theatre is celebrating its 4th Summer Theatre program for families at St. Luke's Church in downtown Allentown this year.

(Original air-date: 7/25/2016)

Billy Ehrlacher's New Cabaret Act on LV Arts Salon

Jul 19, 2016

Billy Ehrlacher joins host Bathsheba Monk talking about his new cabaret act, Billy Ehrlacher: It's the Truth and Only the Truth So Help Me God which will premier in New York City at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

(Original air-date: 7/18/2016)

In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical about life in the Latino community of Washington Heights, plays July 13-31 at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

Director Jim Peck and actress Wilma Rivera join hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle to discuss the production and the excitingly diverse team of artists who've come together at Muhlenberg to create it.

(Original air-date: 7/11/2016)

 

Hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle talk with guests Brady Hill and Nina Attinello of the Third Mask Theatre Company, who are currently at work on their upcoming production of "The Addams Family Musical", running July 28-31 at Northeast Middle School in Bethlehem. Tickets are available here.

Third Mask showcases area high school and college students who share a passion for the performing arts with an annual, full-scale summer production.

Muhlenberg Theatre’s Artistic Director, Charles Richter, joins WDIY’s Neil Hever in the studio to preview the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre's upcoming 36th season which features performances of the beloved Broadway musical, "Gypsy"; 2008 Tony Award winner, "In the Heights"; and "Growl!", a twisted take on the Goldilocks story.

(Original air-date: 6/20/2016)

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