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Miller Symphony Hall season to feature Pocono native jazz singer, Motown revue, more

May 23, 2014

By John J. Moser, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)



May 23--Pop-jazz singer Nellie McKay, a Pocono Mountain High School graduate who has worked with Cyndi Lauper and recorded an album of Doris Day's songs, will play with Grammy-winning jazz string foursome Turtle Island Quartet as a highlight of this year's Live on Stage season at Allentown'sMiller Symphony Hall.

Also featured in the season will be a stage production that offers the hits of the Supremes, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more; the storied Vienna Boys Choir; hit songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman; fiddler Eileen Ivers; contemporary choreographer Paul Taylor'sDance Company, and more.

In all, there will be nine shows in the Live on Stage series, September through April. In addition, six Family Concert Series shows were announced, as well as two Allentown Symphony Orchestra Family Concerts.

Tickets, at $20 to $75, go on sale June 1 at www.millersymphony hall.org or 610-432-6715.

The season will kick off at 8 p.m.Sept. 26 with "The Magic of Motown," a stage musical composed of tunes from the peak years of Motown, the record company that in the 1960s produced 79 records in the Billboard Top 10. The show features costumed and choreographed performances.

McKay, a 2000 Pocono Mountain High grad whose 2004 debut album, "Get Away from Me," was critically acclaimed, will perform with the two-time Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet, which played at Berks Jazz Fest in 2010.

The show, at 3 p.m.Sept. 28, will include a kaleidoscope of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s.

Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform at 7 p.m.Oct. 5. The Koresh Dance Company -- offering classical, folk and pedestrian dance styles from Israel and Turkey alongside Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel and more -- will perform at 8 p.m.Jan. 31.

Ivers, a founding member of Cherish the Ladies who has played with Sting, Hall and Oates and the Chieftains, will perform at 7 p.m.April 16.

Brickman, one of the best-selling pianists of our time, will present his 18th annual holiday tour, On a Winter's Night, at 8 p.m.Nov. 28. He performed at Miller Symphony Hall in 2011 and 2012.

Vienna Boys Choir, which includes 100 members ages 10-14 divided into four touring choirs that perform about 300 concerts each year, will perform at 8 p.m.Dec. 5.

Rusty Musicians Come Out and Play will give musicians the opportunity to brush up on their musical skills on stage with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra at 8:30 p.m.Jan. 22. The fee is $50 for five lessons; the show will be free.

Closing the season will be a stage performance of Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" at 8 p.m.April 18.

The Family Concert Series will start with ImaginOcean, a live black-light puppet show with R&B and Big Band music, at 1 and 4 p.m.Oct. 19. It also played Symphony Hall in 2012.

"Rainbow Magic Live: Saving Fairyland," a musical production based on the Rainbow Magic books that have sold more than 50 million copies in the past decade, will be at 2 p.m.Nov. 9.

The holiday show "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!" will be at 1 p.m.Nov. 19, and the Nutcracker at 2 p.m.Dec. 13 and 14. "Ivy & Bean," based on the best-selling children's books series, will be 1 and 4 p.m.Jan. 25, and "Rumpelstiltskin" at 1 and 4 p.m.March 22.

The Symphony Family Concert shows will be "Prodigy!" at 2 p.m.April 26 and "The Adventures of Harold & the Purple Crayon" at 2 p.m.May 16.

john.moser@mcall.com

Twitter @johnjmoser

610-820-6722

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