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.

"The Marriage of Figaro", the 1784 comedy by Beaumarchais, wraps up the Muhlenberg College theatre season in a fresh new production directed by Francine Roussel, and featuring an original score by composer and musician Mike Krisukas (Zen For Primates).  Roussel and Krisukas join hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle to discuss the production and their collaboration. (Original air date April 22, 2013.)

RiverJazz Festival on Lehigh Valley Arts Salon

Apr 16, 2013

Host Silagh White talks with Patrick Brogan from ArtsQuest about the upcoming RiverJazz Festival, happening throughout the month of May at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. The festival, featuring everything from bebop and swing to cool jazz and free improvisation, showcases national touring acts and some of the best jazz performers from the Lehigh Valley.  (Original air date April 15, 2013.)

Host Bill Dautremont-Smith talks with Dr. Bruce Whitehouse, who teaches Anthropology and Global Studies at Lehigh University, about his recent book “Migrants and Strangers in an African City”, listed as among the best overlooked books of 2012, and his blog “Bridges from Bamako” providing insightful analysis of the current situation in Mali. 

The dedication of the Lehigh-Bethlehem Chinese Harmony Pavilion at the South Side Greenway on April 20th will be the topic of discussion with Norman Girardot, Marcus Brandt and Dongning Wang of Lehigh University.  The Pavilion was designed and built by an interdisciplinary team of Lehigh students over a nine month period.  Hosted by George Miller and Kate Scuffle. (Original air date April 8, 2013.)

Art Therapy on Lehigh Valley Arts Salon

Apr 2, 2013

Healing Arts can take several forms. Host Sally Handlon explores both the educational and practical application for art therapy with Professor Rebecca Arnold and artist, Rose Mavis. (Original broadcast April 1, 2013.)

Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission Committee Chairs Clint Walker (Sculpture Garden Project) and Paul Salerni (Sculpture Garden Concert Series) discuss exciting upcoming 2013 BFAC projects with hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle.

Host Silagh White chats with Laura Kaplus, former board member of various arts and cultural organizations in the Lehigh Valley. The topic of tonight's discussion is arts funding, advocacy for arts policy, and successful grant writing. Federal, state and local government grants are reviewed. (Original air date March 18,2013.)

PYT's "The Hobbit" on Lehigh Valley Arts Salon

Mar 12, 2013

Hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle chat with Jill Dunn, artistic director at Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, and Alex Zolgelsand and Sophie Kitch-Peck, actors from "The Hobbit", now showing at the Ice House in Bethlehem. Also joining our hosts, will be artistic director Josh Neth and actor Samantha Beedle of Allentown Public Theatre, talking about their newest production "Parallel Lives."

George and Kate talk with Pat Kelly and Sue Sneeringer.  Both are cast members of Tracy Letts darkly comic play "August: Osage County," playing March 1 - 10 at the Civic Theatre in Allentown. (Original air date February 25, 2013).

Bathsheba Monk welcomes short-story writer, Stephanie Powell Watts, whose collection of short stories, We Are Taking Only What We Need, is picking up every prize out there including being a finalist in the Pen/Hemingway first book contest and a Pushcart Prize.  Dr. Watts, who teaches at Lehigh, was named the “Best Emerging Writer” at the Southern Women Writers Conference and most recently was awarded the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence given annually to an African-American author for a book of fiction published the previous year.

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