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Musikfest news and notes: Historic opening ceremonies, almost-record (small) crowds and Jolly Joe tributes

Musikfest news and notes: Historic opening ceremonies, almost-record (small) crowds and Jolly Joe tributes

News and observations from Musikfest’s opening night on Friday. Opening ceremonies: The ceremony that opened Bethlehem’s massive Musikfest festival for its 32nd year Friday was different than any other that preceded it. That’s because it was helmed by new ArtsQuest President Kassie Hilgert, who took over from founder Jeff Parks in January. Hilgert jokingly said in her opening address that after all the years of starting Musikfest, Parks was at home in the air conditioning – he actually was sitting in the crowd, and Hilgert later acknowledged him and “the amazing legacy he has left all of us.” Hilgert also acknowledged the work of the 1,700...

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