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The Program Stream offers ongoing support to arts organizations and arts programs with an established history of PCA support. Organizations in the Lehigh Valley are invited by their PPA Partner, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, to apply to the PPA Program Stream, frequently as a result of several years of successful Project Stream participation. The PCA has final authority in determining eligibility for the Program Stream.
PROGRAM STREAM AWARDS 2015-2016
Dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage and musical traditions of the American Concert Band, the activities of the Allentown Band each year include 40-plus live concerts in concert halls, city parks, community events and colleges; the production of the original CD series, “Our Band Heritage”; the annual Young Peoples’ Concerts for elementary and middle school students, and the annual “Side by Side Concerts” with advanced high school musicians.
Allentown Music Festivals (Festival of Bands)
The Festival of Bands features an annual concert with 200 members of Allentown’s four civic concert bands playing in one, unified ensemble: the Allentown Band, Marine Band, Pioneer Band, and Municipal Band of Allentown. Celebrating their 60th year as producer of this event, Allentown Music Festivals, Inc. plans a 4-day festival in 2014.
ACE is a collective of artists who exist to encourage and promote the arts of all disciplines. ACE offers an annual member gallery show at the State Theatre, public mural projects, arts education workshops, professional development, Studio Tours, and the Riverside Festival of the Arts in their efforts to to enrich the quality of life of the Easton area.
The Chorale is based in Jim Thorpe and dedicated to the study and performance of classical music, both traditional and contemporary. The Chorale performs 5 – 7 concerts each year, including Handel’s Messiah with Festival Orchestra and soloists.
The Ballet Guild is dedicated to fostering the art of classical ballet through education and performance. Classes offer ongoing dance instruction; master classes are offered to enhance the dancer’s education; productions offer professional performance opportunities. The Guild stages two formal ballets: the annual Nutcracker, and, this year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Camerata Singers is dedicated to performing contemporary and classical choral music with vocalists who learn and perform under talented, professional direction. The Bethlehem group seeks to further preserve a rich musical heritage by including superior instrumental accompaniment and soloists, including performances with the PA Sinfonia Orchestra.
The Chamber Music Society presents a concert series of international ensembles. The series is based at Foy Concert Hall, Moravian College, with an annual concert at Muhlenberg College. Visiting ensembles have included the Peabody Trio, the Daedalus Quartet, the Leipzig String Quartet, the Claremont Trio, and the Manhattan Piano Trio.
Godfrey Daniels brings together professional artists, amateur performers, and audience members in a conversation as well as an intimate concert experience. Dedicated to presenting traditional and contemporary folk music, Godfrey Daniels also sponsors festival stages, live radio performances, community jams and hosts the PA Jazz Collective and others.
The Storytelling Guild explores the art of storytelling, dedicated not only to entertaining, but to educating, healing and enriching the Lehigh Valley community. Members are professional and amateur storytellers, poets, actors and others. The Guild presents showcases, festivals, story swaps and workshops; and members host monthly events at Godfrey Daniels.
Based on the puppets and scripts of Doug Roysdon, Mock Turtle Marionette Theater is the product of many of individual artists and partnerships who have helped Roysdon exploit the incredible versatility of the puppetry arts. Drawing on sources as diverse as Monteverdi and Mother Goose, the company has engaged in projects ranging from modern dance from to child abuse prevention.
MSMT preserves the joy of live musical theatre for people of all ages, creates a professional working environment for professional and emerging artists, and offers a summer performing arts experience for middle and high school students. Each summer, SMT produces two full-stage musical theatre productions with full orchestra and exceptional guest artists, and develops one professionally staged musical theatre show for young audiences.
NNC is housed in a beautifully renovated, historic, 30,000 square foot facility, where the staff uses a blend of science, art and dialogue programs to get the community talking and thinking critically about the local environment. NNC hosts a variety of different types of programs – including science presentations, film screenings, community discussions and art shows – about timely and important environmental issues of interest to the community.
RDT’s mission is to encourage, identify, and train young people to get involved in the field of dance as profession and/or avocation; and, to promote appreciation of the art of dance that builds and educates future audiences. A company of pre-professional and professional dancers, RDT produces two main stage ballets for the general public and school students.
SATORI is a professional chamber music ensemble that performs dozens of concerts at area colleges, museums, music festivals, and community venues across the Lehigh Valley. The schedule regularly includes in-school educational programming, multidisciplinary performance projects, and concerts at senior residences, hospices and hospitals. Community outreach, music education, and performance excellence remain the cornerstones of SATORI’s activities.
SSFI and its component festival are focused on the aspiring and accomplished filmmaker, providing a venue for screening and valuable audience feedback. The Institute offers free screenings of independent films throughout the year, partnering with other community organizations to encourage a deeper understanding of the cinematic experience. The annual SouthSide Film Festival has in 10 years screened 789 films from 80 countries and 45 states.
YPP provides youth of the greater Lehigh Valley with the opportunity to study and perform original symphony orchestra literature and to develop high quality musicianship. The YPP orchestra includes 80+ student musicians (grades 9 – 12), and the Junior String Philharmonic orchestra serves 40 student string players (grades 5 – 8). Performance opportunities include area school concert tours and formal concerts in December and May.