Kutztown University announces 2017-18 lineup for KU Presents! | Reading Eagle

Kutztown University has announced its 2017-18 season of KU Presents!, which will kick off Sept. 21 with a concert by Broadway, film and television actor Aaron Tveit, whose most recent album, “The Radio in My Head,” features rock and pop mixed with musical theater.

The rest of the schedule looks like this:

Oct. 25: Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.

Nov. 10: Boston Brass teams with the Reading Pops for a program including patriotic music for Veterans Day.

Nov. 30: Vocal ensemble Chanticleer presents “A Chanticleer Christmas.”

Feb. 15: Birdland All-Stars, featuring drumming sensation Tommy Igo, and “Art of Jazz” (real-time painting)

March 28: The National Dance company of Ireland presents “Rhythm of the Dance.”

April 20: The Joey Alexander Trio, led by the 14-year-old jazz piano prodigy.

Subscriptions are available beginning Tuesday. Individual tickets go on sale Aug. 8. For details, see kutztownpresents.org or call 610-683-4092.


Sinking Spring poet John Yamrus has released a new book called “As Real As Rain,” featuring 45 poems illustrated by his longtime collaborator, Janne Karlsson.

Published by Epic Rites Press of Canada, it’s Yamrus’ 25th published volume of poetry, and grew out of a successful reading he did several years ago. He also has published two novels and had more than 1,800 poems appear in print magazines around the world.

Selections have been translated into numerous languages, including Spanish, Swedish, French, Japanese, Italian, Romanian, Albanian and Bengali, and his poetry is taught in a number of colleges and universities.

The book is available at amazon.com, epicrites.org and johnyamrus.com. For a review, see culturalweekly.com/book-review-real-rain-john-yamrus.


The Celtic Cultural Alliance of Bethlehem is holding a Celtic Poetry Contest for all ages to mark the 30th year of the Celtic Highland Games and Festival.

Entries will be judged for best reflecting the traditions of Celtic culture, arts, history or literature. Winners and honorable mentions will be invited to read their poems on the stage at Celtic Heritage Hollow on Sept. 24.

Age groups are 11 and under, 12 to 18, and 19 and older.

Entries may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Celtic Cultural Alliance, Celtic Poetry Contest, 534 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018, by Sept. 5. For further details, see celticfest.org/celtic_poetry_contest.


The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Center Valley, Lehigh County, has received a $15,000 Art Works award in support of its Young Company and internship programs, as part of $82 million awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The awards will allow PSF to continue its programs for college-aged students and early-career actors within a professional company.


Civic Theatre of Allentown will hold auditions for its Oct. 6-22 production of the award-winning musical “The Secret Garden” on Tuesday and Wednesday, with callbacks on Thursday.

Both evening’s children’s auditions will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with adults’ auditions at 7:30, in the rehearsal hall above 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

Rehearsals start late July or early August. See civictheatre.com for further details.


(Editor’s note: Incorrect information was submitted for an item in last Sunday’s Spotlight pertaining to these scholarships.)

The Berks County Convention Center Authority has awarded the annual Santander Arena Greater Reading Arts & Entertainment Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to Emily Remp of Gov. Mifflin High School and Kylie Brown of Schuylkill Valley High School.

The award was established to recognize outstanding students pursuing or continuing education in the area of arts or entertainment who have achieved positive academic records and active participation in activities related to the program of study.

Remp will be attending Messiah College for Music Education, and Brown will be attending Long Island University Post for Theater and Digital Design.