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Jim Thorpe Thursday Date Night 

The Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce hosts Thursday Evening Summer Date Nights all summer long!

Jim Thorpe Thursday Date Night

Summer evenings are lovely in Northeastern PA, and residents and visitors alike will enjoy a midweek night out, so we are adding some great things to do in addition to visiting our great restaurants, pubs, and shops. Every Thursday night at least one of our attractions will offer evening hours.

Details on specific events here!

 

For dinner options, click here, and check with the Opera House about their Performance Card, which gets you 10% to 20% off your food bill (in addition to getting you a 20% discount to shows) – you can order yours online!

Drawings will be held for a $50 Gift Certificate from The Broadway Grille and a $50 Performance Card from the Opera House, which offers residents and visitors 10% to 20% discounts at most downtown restaurants. Boxes for the drawings can be found at participating establishments.

Jim Thorpe Thursday Date Night

More events will follow as the summer progresses. There is also free parking after 5PM!

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February 15 click here to read a Morning Call story on the Allentown Band

A prominent feature of nineteenth-century musical Americana is the concert band, and the renowned Allentown Band has kept that tradition alive for over two hundred years. Drawn from within a fifty-mile radius of the Lehigh Valley, the band’s musicians share one common goal: to create and preserve concert band music at a level of excellence rarely heard from a community band.

You will be able to hear that sound on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 5 PM at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in a performance organized by the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce. Theaters such as the Opera House were built for community bands, and John Philip Sousa and his band were regular performers here.

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Allentown Band - Mauch Chunk Opera House

DONNA FISHER / THE MORNING CALL / November 10, 2011

Many of the Allentown Band’s members teach music in schools and in private studios. Others are engaged in engineering, accounting, sales, insurance, medicine and dentistry, or in various office work or building trades. When they meet to perform, however, all effort is concentrated toward creating the most enjoyable sounds these exceptional musicians can produce—whether it be an overture transcribed from opera, a modern composition written especially for concert band, or a Sousa march.

John Philip Sousa’s influence on the band and its distinguished history is profound. More than twenty local musicians were recruited to perform with Sousa, and then returned to Allentown remembering and sharing stylistic traits unique to the famous Sousa band.

Allentown Band - Mauch Chunk Opera House

DONNA FISHER / THE MORNING CALL / November 10, 2011

Significantly, Albertus L. Meyers, cornet soloist with Sousa in the mid-1920s, later served as conductor of the Allentown Band for fifty years. Today, under the direction of Ronald Demkee, the Sousa style continues as an integral part of the band’s twenty-first-century sound.

Their schedule typically includes around forty annual performances. The venue fluctuates—from concert stage to baseball park, from church picnic to university commencement, from Allentown’s Symphony Hall to New York’s Carnegie Hall. In addition to providing free concerts for the greater Lehigh Valley’s younger school children, the schedule includes a yearly event where talented secondary-school student musicians are invited to sit in for joint performances.

Frequently seen on local television, the Allentown Band is recognized worldwide, having twice appeared on national TV—Charles Kuralt’s Good Morning America, and the PBS series The American Experience in a feature called “If You Knew Sousa.” They are regularly heard on Philadelphia’s WRTI, and as far away as Sydney, Australia, for a program called “Music That Is Band.” In addition, the band has undertaken four European concert tours, performing in four Swiss cities, two in Austria, and, most recently, La Croix Valmer, France.

Many leading figures of the music world have appeared as guest conductors with the Allentown Band, most notably early greats of the concert band tradition—Herbert L. Clarke, Edwin Franko Goldman, and Arthur Pryor. More recently, such world-renowned musicians as Frederick Fennell, Donald Hunsberger, and W. Francis McBeth, as well as many of the past and present conductors of the United States military bands of Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Allentown Band - Mauch Chunk Opera House

DONNA FISHER / THE MORNING CALL / November 10, 2011

The honors and awards they have accumulated over the years, from various state and national music and music educators’ associations to the John Philip Sousa Foundation, are too numerous for complete listing here. Words from the 1991 Allentown “Arts Ovation Award”—“significant contributions to the cultural life of the community”—summarize the Allentown Band’s commitment to the community at large.

Tickets are available online at MauchChunkOperaHouse.com, and at SoundCheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe, either by visiting or calling them at 570-325-4009. You may also call the Opera House box office at 570-325-0249.

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Mayoral and borough council candidates will meet tomorrow night on 9/30 on the stage of the Opera House and answer questions posed by the audience and the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce which is sponsoring the event. Doors will open at 6:30 and the program begins at 7 PM. The Opera House is located at 14 W Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Questions will be taken from the crowd before the program and then randomly selected and posed to two candidates at a time. When their answers are complete, the next question will be asked of different candidates. The program is scheduled to last two hours. At 9 PM there will be a meet-and-greet in the Opera House gallery and lobby.

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