"La Bohéme" at the Metropolitan Opera - NYC - Friday, Sept. 29, 2017


"La Bohéme" - Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) was immensely popular in his own lifetime, and his mature works remain staples in the repertory of most of the world’s opera companies. 

Lyrical and touchingly beautiful, the score of La Bohème exerts an immediate emotional pull.
The actions is set in Paris, circa 1830. The story centers on self-conscious youth at odds with mainstream society—a Bohemian ambience that is clearly recognizable in any modern urban center. 
Information and forms for the Met Opera Trip can be found here.

Musikfest 2017

Plaza Tropical
Wednesday, August 8, 2017
Hello All,
What a perfect day for a recital at Musikfest 2017 at Plaza Tropical.
 (Yesterday was a rainy, windy, muddy day and I certainly felt for the performers that had to venture out and perform “rain or shine” at Musikfest during the inclement weather.) Mother nature, however, was on our side. We had a beautiful, sunny day, no humidity, 78% temperature, and little to no breeze. We were blessed with a perfect day to perform. Hallelujah!
Again, my team of Herb Heffner and Vicky Serrao did a phenomenal task volunteering their time and talents to help me audition the students… this time at Moravian College, in Peter Hall. Mirta Heffner did the warm, welcoming duty and task of  keeping the students entering in a timely fashion throughout the audition process, which started at 10:00 in the morning and lasted until 1:00 in the afternoon. She has a way of charming each child and easing nerves before they perform. Thank you for your continued support of our musical program. I want to also thank the teachers who sent such exemplary talented, well mannered, and talented students to perform; those teachers being, Janice Derstine, Arianna Goldina, Herbert Heffner, Susan Kuntz, Cindy Liang, Elizabeth Zemanek, and myself. Susan even brought a professional banner and poster to add additional publicity for our organization and I want to thank her for that as well. Last, but not least, I would like to publically thank Vicky Serrao and her husband Greg for graciously donating the cost of printing the programs. A much APPRECIATED task!
A total of 13 vocalists and 22 pianists performed today in front of a huge crowd under the tent.  Our audience keeps growing every year. One parent proudly said to me before our program started, “This performance is one I attend every year, even though I don’t know any one that is performing. I look forward to the unbelievable young talent.”  That comment speaks volumes of which we are as a professional organization and how hard the students work to achieve this performance goal. 
Performing at Musikfest is a thrill for the students and for me as the chairperson. I can speak for Vicky and Herb when I say, we chose the perfect students to represent our organization at Musikfest 2017 and I am hopeful the parents, the community, and Musikfest all agree. In closing, I welcome the opportunity to host our LVPMTA chapter with students and teachers at Musikfest 2018 again next year. Thank you.
Rosemary Murdy-Haber
Musikfest Recital Coordinator

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To organize all music teachers in the Lehigh Valley into one professional society.

To promote public recognition of the value of music education.

To develop the potential of members and their students.

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