BETHLEHEM, PA–The songs of ‘Help’ and other Beatles classics will unite the community in the effort to eliminate vision loss and its effects as the Center for Vision Loss hosts Songs4Sight 2020 featuring Strawberry Fields April 30 at SteelStacks. The concert, presented by Provident Bank, is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Musikfest Café of the ArtsQuest Center, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. Tickets are $23 for floor seats and $29 for premium balcony seating; they are on sale now at www.songs4sight.com. The evening will also include a silent auction featuring a variety of items on which attendees can bid.
One of the leading Beatles tributes in the world, Strawberry Fields consists of cast members from the Broadway and touring company of the hit musical, “Beatlemania.” The four acclaimed musicians deliver a unique theatrical experience, complete with costumes and vintage instrumentation, as they take audiences on a chronological journey through The Beatles’ timeless catalogue. The group has performed throughout the country and around the world, most notably at Shea Stadium, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. Strawberry Fields also holds a record for the longest-running Beatles show on Broadway, having performed its legendary “Beatles Brunch” for 18 consecutive years at BB King’s in Times Square.
Beginning with 1964 – complete with mop top hair, black suits and thin ties – the band serves up the Fab 4’s biggest hits. Along the way it visits the psychedelic era of “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” progressing to the “White Album,” “Abbey Road” and concluding with the music of “Let It Be.”
The annual fundraising concert for Center for Vision Loss, Songs4Sight benefits the agency’s services and programs in Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe counties. The only organization dedicated to the visual well-being and related quality of life of all residents in these counties, Center for Vision Loss is the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind’s only accredited service provider in these communities.
With offices in the Lehigh Valley and Monroe County, the Center for Vision Loss offers support, skills education and rehabilitation services at little or no cost for people with vision loss. It also provides free vision screenings for children and promotes eye health and safety throughout the community. In 2018-’19, the nonprofit has served nearly 15,000 individuals through its services for people with vision loss, its vision screenings and its community education initiatives. Its 18-percent growth in just two years highlights the increased need its services in the region.
“We’re delighted to bring the Songs4Sight concert to SteelStacks and to partner with ArtsQuest on this meaningful event,” says Douglas Yingling, executive director of the Center for Vision Loss. “Not only does Songs4Sight provide resources for us to carry out our mission, its music is something that everyone can enjoy equally, regardless of their visual capabilities. As we promote independence, dignity and hope for people with vision loss, experiences like these enrich the quality of life that no visual impairment can take away.”
Other sponsors helping to make Songs4Sight possible include signature sponsor St. Luke’s University Health Network. Center for Vision Loss is also looking for additional sponsors to help support the concert and Center for Vision Loss’ mission. Sponsorships, which begin at just $500, include tickets to the performance in preferred seating areas and a variety of sponsor recognition benefits. To learn more, contact Dennis Zehner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-433-6018, ext. 241. For more information the Center for Vision Loss, please visit centerforvisionloss.org.
Information and image provided to TVL by:
Mark Demko, ArtsQuest