Zoellner Arts Center's Diverse October Entertainment Extravaganza

Pictured Above: Neil Gaiman. Photo Credit: Contributed. 



Bethlehem, PA – Join Zoellner Arts Center this October for an unforgettable lineup of entertainment! Get ready to rock with The Bacon Brothers, delve into the world of literature with Neil Gaiman, experience the symphonic brilliance of San Diego Symphony, and enjoy a day of family fun at our annual Family Day Fair. Plus, don’t miss the mesmerizing performance of MOMIX’s ‘Alice’ – a journey down the rabbit hole like you’ve never seen before. Mark your calendars for these extraordinary events and make memories this fall!

Pictured Above: The Bacon Brothers. Photo Credit: Contributed. 

Zoellner Arts Center presents The Bacon Brothers on Friday, October 6 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $55 and $45. Please note: There is limited availability. Bound by blood and a mutual love of American roots music, The Bacon Brothers have spent the past quarter-century in a creative whirl, funneling their shared DNA into a genre-bending sound. They call that sound “Forosoco” — a blend of folk, rock, soul, and country influences, delivered by two songwriters who were born to collaborate — and it’s taken the siblings across the world, from shows in Japan to performances at American landmarks like Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. “We’re still exploring the sound we began making 25 years ago; we’ve just gotten a lot better at it,” says Michael, whose success as an Emmy-winning composer mirrors his brother Kevin’s accolades as an A-list Hollywood actor.


With special guest opener Cindy Alexander, an award-winning singer-songwriter with a cult following. Affectionately called “Pnut” by her fans, Alexander has a voice that defies her petite stature. But technical prowess is hardly the headline: Alexander forges powerful connections with audiences. She’s a fearless lyricist with an unmistakable stage presence

Pictured Above: San Diego Symphony. Photo Credit: Contributed. 

Zoellner Arts Center presents San Diego Symphony on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $55 and $45. In the 100-plus years since its inception, the SDSO has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States. Their concert at Zoellner will be the same repertoire the orchestra premieres the next day at Carnegie Hall. This is a world-class NYC concert experience in the Lehigh Valley. The Music Director of the San Diego Symphony is Rafael Payare. The Principal Guest Conductor is Edo de Waart, and Jahja Ling serves as Conductor Laureate.

Repertoire Program:
CARLOS SIMON Wake Up: A Concerto for Orchestra
Commissioned by San Diego Symphony Orchestra, (lead commissioner) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C.
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

Zoellner Arts Center presents the annual Family Day Fair at Lehigh University on Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 11am-5pm. This all day event held throughout the Zoellner Atrium & Main Level has free activities, crafts, treats, and more from our partners:  Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, Crayola, JustBorn, PBS39, Sodexo, Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Bethlehem Area Public Library, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Lehigh University Community Service Office, Lehigh University Pride Center, Community Bike Works, Bright Horizons, and the Lehigh University Police Department with their Therapy Dogs. There will even be a special performance by the Singing Princess, Elena of Avalor.  There will be activities in our outside courtyard including the Red Robin Food Truck, games, and more. StoryFaces is a free performance in the Fowler Black Box Theatre with performances at 11:00am and 12:30pm.  Christopher Agostino tells captivating folk tales, while volunteers from the audience get their faces painted to illustrate the stories. 

Artrageous will be performed in Baker Hall at 2pm and 5pm.  It is an immersive, magical art experience that fuses live art, rock concert, imaginative movement, vocals,and comedy. Tickets for the Artrageous performance are $18 for adults and $12 for children. An outrageous adventure of arts: the only show where you can witness the fusion of live art, rock concert, imaginative movement, vocal performance, comedy, blacklight Bunraku, Artpunk wear, and inclusion in one magical experience. Feel the anticipation to see if the artist will complete the painting in time and guess what is being created until the very last brushstroke. Artrageous is the only immersive art experience where you are the heart of the show. Post-show: Bring a t-shirt or item to put in our Creation Lab where we create a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art for you (limited availability up to 20 people)

Zoellner Arts Center presents Momix: Alice on Saturday, October 28 at 7:30pm.Tickets are $45 and $35. Seamlessly blending illusion, acrobatics, magic, and whimsy, MOMIX sends audiences flying down the rabbit hole in Moses Pendleton’s newest creation, Alice, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. “I don’t intend to retell the whole Alice story” Pendleton says, “but to use it as a starting point for invention.” Join this dazzling company on a mind-bending adventure, as Alice encounters time-honored characters including the undulating Caterpillar, a lobster quadrille, frenzied White Rabbits, a mad Queen of Hearts, and a variety of other surprises. Filled with visual splendor and startling creative movement, Alice reveals that nothing in MOMIX’s world is as it seems!

Zoellner Arts Center presents Neil Gaiman on Sunday, November 12th at 4pm. Tickets are $45. Please note: There is limited availability. “I make things up and write them down” is how Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. As one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. Gaiman’s groundbreaking Sandman comics were described by Stephen King as having turned graphic novels into “art.”  The bestselling author of Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Sleeper & the Spindle, Hansel and Gretel, Norse Mythology, and The View from the Cheap Seats, is also the author of American Gods, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus awards, and proclaimed one of the 125 most important books of the last 125 years by the New York Public Library. His young adult story, Coraline, won the same awards and was adapted as a musical and an opera. Much of his work has been adapted for visual media.

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