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The extraordinary sounds that help animals relax – WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

STARK COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – It sounds like typical classical music, but there is nothing ordinary about these compositions and how they soothe distressed animals.

The tunes were specially and specifically recorded through the non-profit Rescue Animal MP3 Project founded by veterinarian Dr. Pamela Fisher, 7211 Wales Ave NW, North Canton, OH.

“This music is designed actually to promote healing in the body with special frequencies,” said Dr. Fisher.

She was inspired to start the non-profit and have the music recorded while volunteering/visiting the Stark County Kennel and other NE Ohio animal shelters.

She wanted a way to help comfort the confined animals, because kennels can be stressful environments for them.

Sgt. Jon Barber with the Stark County Sheriff’s Office Dog Warden Division admits they were unsure about it in the beginning.

“Obviously we were skeptical, it’s kind of like play music for dogs? How does that work, but we said sure we’ll try anything,” said Sgt. Barber.

Musicians donated their talents to record the songs.

Dr. Fisher then began donating the tracks and speakers to shelters and sanctuaries around the world.

“The Stark County pound was the very first place we put the music in, and it worked,” said Dr. Fisher smiling, “It works so much better than I ever expected!”

There are multiple videos from inside shelters, and some captured by Fox 8 News showing the music at work.

As soon as it is turned on, and begins floating through the bays, the animals almost instantly stop barking and relax.

Dr. Fisher says that is because of the extensively researched frequencies.

“The vibration, the frequency, the tones and things like that actually help the energy of the body move and the organs to help healing occur,” she said, “There are studies that show that cows give more milk when they’re playing classical music.”

The music is now being played and calming animals at about 15-hundred shelters around the world, from bird rescues to pot belly pig rescues and even a sanctuary in Zimbabwe. 

“The lions are just chilling out and then they were amazed how it helped to keep an orphaned baby elephant calm,” said Dr. Fisher, “Just amazing!”

Back home in Stark County Sgt. Barber says they were stunned too.

“It would be 3 in the afternoon, and we wouldn’t hear dogs bark,” he said, “We’re like where are they? And they were just calm, relaxed, and laying in their kennel enjoying the music. So, it’s been a great partner for us. It really has…. made a believer out of me.”

The music can be used to soothe pets at home during fireworks, storms or any other time they’re distressed and humans too.

Because she says, even if you can’t hear the frequencies the vibration is still there.

“So, it just sings to my heart,” said Dr. Fisher, “It’s music to my heart.”

To learn more about the music, the Rescue Animal MP3 Project and how to hear the music yourself, click here.

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Iyasa to light up Palace gardens

Mthabisi Tshuma, Showbiz Writer

Award-winning dance and music ensemble, Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (Iyasa) is preparing to grace the Palace Hotel gardens on Friday evening.

The group will be returning to the venue as the main acts this time around after they were hit when they curtain-raised for Baba Harare five weeks ago.

Warming up the stage for them will be Sungura Masters, Ras Teken, Divoxx and Scara. On the decks will be the joint’s resident DJs Ayaxxx, Keitho, Banda and Tetso. Mr Jaiva will be the host on the night.

Iyasa director Nkululeko Dube said they are happy to be returning to the venue which always has a supportive crowd.

“We had a great reception when we supported Baba Harare recently and what a way this will be to quench their (music lovers) appetite. We’re looking forward to another scintillating experience as we showcase what we are best known for,” said Dube.

Palace Hotel proprietor Tapiwa “Gandz” Gandiwa said they cannot wait to host the group.

“The lineup is made up of well-known local artistes and what better way to kick start the festive season? We promise top-quality entertainment this festive season as we continue to give local artistes a chance to make their breakthroughs,” said Gandz. – @mthabisi_mthire

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Breaking news – Chronicle

Ziyajuluka Festival on cards

Natasha Mutsiba, [email protected]

The Ziyajuluka Festival is set to take place at The Hub in Bulawayo next week Saturday.

The festival aims to uplift youth talent and help local up-and-coming artistes gain more recognition in all music genres. Killer Nox and Taddy Bear Events, popular entertainers known for their engaging performances, will host the festival.

In addition to music, the festival will feature performances from various dance groups, including Jabulani Arts Academy, DT8, and Skhumz Moonwalker. These talented dance groups will add an extra layer of entertainment and excitement to the festival.

Killer Nox has emphasised that attendees can expect a safe and secure environment during the festive season.

The festival’s second edition aims to create a platform for emerging artistes to shine and make their mark in the music industry.

_@Tasha Mutsiba.

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12 days of Christmas concerts: Where to see holiday performances … –

BETHELHEM, Pa. — ’Tis the season of songs.

From student-led performances to community choirs, there are numerous ways to celebrate Christmastime in the Lehigh Valley.

Check out these Celtic, jazz and modern performances featuring classical and contemporary music.

Festival of Carols

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Central Moravian Church

The Central Moravian Church presents its Festival of Carols on Dec. 2 in Bethlehem.

Central Moravian Church will present its Festival of Carols, a choral and instrumental that features organ prelude, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” by Rebecca Lepore, minister of music at the historic church that was founded in 1742.

Additionally, you can hear the church choir on anthems and choruses by Felix Mendelssohn, G.F. Handel, John Rutter and Dan Forrest; the Mainstreet Brass on a new set of Roger Harvey arrangements for Advent; and congregational hymns, including “Morning Star,” a Moravian Christmas tradition.

Tickets: Free

When: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: 73 W. Church St., Bethlehem


Bel Canto in Bethlehem

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.



The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus’ holiday show includes Mendelssohn’s “He Watching Over Israel,” and selections from BWV 61 (with guests from the Bach Festival Orchestra).

The show will begin with a traditional Zimbabwean song of welcome and concludes with the singing of beloved carols.

The youth chorus — consisting of 50 musicians — was founded in 1993 by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

The performance will be conducted by Kelly Rocchi and Alaina Swartz.

Tickets: $15, free for students with school ID

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 21 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem


Be merry with the Vespers

For something full of seasonal spirit, Lehigh University Choral Arts Christmas Vespers will present its annual gift to the community.

The performance will be directed by Steven Sametz, with associate director, Hana Cai.

The longstanding holiday show combines two traditional forms of worship in the Moravian Church — the singstunde and the candlelight service.

Tickets: Free. Early arrival is suggested

When: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec 10

Where: Packer Memorial Church, 18 University Drive, Bethlehem


Cheer with Charter Arts

The Charter Arts Vocal Music Department’s winter choral concert will feature traditional holiday songs performed by close to 200 student musicians made up of three of the school’s choirs.

Tickets: $11 adults, $6 students/children

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 12

Where: 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem


The ‘light’ of the Chorale


Micaela Hood


Lehigh Valley Chorale is gearing up for its winter concert.

The Lehigh Valley Chorale will take the stage for “The Light That Leads Us Home,” a holiday showcase that mixes modern-day tunes with classics like Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Morton Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night.”

The chorale group, based in Easton, is led by Nick Sienkiewicz, the conductor of the 153-member choir, ages 18-80.

Tickets: $20

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown


Santa and the Symphony

The Allentown Symphony’s annual “Holiday Pops” concert will feature Christmas classics, sing-a-long opportunities and a visit from Santa Claus.

Led by conductor Diane Wittry and vocalist Michael Andrew, this year’s guest stars include Robert Trexler, the Emmaus High School Chorale, the Accent School of Dance, the O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance and the Uilleann Bagpipers.

Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk will deck the halls as the opening speaker.

Tickets: $25 – $72

When: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown


Christmas with Bach




Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will perform their Christmas concert in December.

The Bach Choir’s annual holiday program will consist of Bach’s “Magnificat,” and the festive “Cantana 63,” which he wrote in 1732.

Historically, “Magnificat” was performed in Germany and part of church services on Sundays, and recited in Latin, especially during holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

The Bach Choiris celebrating its 125th year in 2023.

The group was founded by John Frederick Wolle in 1898, nearly 150 years after Bach’s death.

Wolle was an organist at central Moravian at a time when Bach was tied to the singing tradition of the Moravians.

Tickets: $9 – $45

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Allentown and 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 2344 Church St., Bethlehem.


Student recital

The Community Music School’s holiday show will feature student musicians from beginner to advanced levels.

The intimate recital, which will contain a mix of song and piano, prepares students for future live performances.

Tickets: Free, but donations are suggested to help fund the nonprofit’s programs.

When: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: 1544 Hamilton St., Allentown


Organ performance




Moravian Historical Society

The Moravian Historical Society’s Christmas concert features a erformance by Thomas Dressler on an organ that was built in the 1700s and is one of the oldest organs in the country.

Moravian Historical Society will present a concert with Thomas Dressler, director of music at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Easton.

Dressler will perform a yuletide concert on the 1776 Tannerberg organ.

The Tannerberg piece, in the museum of the Moravian Historical Society, was built by Moravian organ builder David Tannenberg.

Tannenberg arrived in Bethlehem on Nov. 25, 1776, to set up the organ, which was used in the Single Brethren’s House in Bethlehem.

Only nine of Tannerberg’s organs exist today.

The concert will take place in the museum on the second floor of the Whitefield House.

Tickets: $10

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Moravian Historical Society, 214 E. Center St., Nazareth


A Creole Christmas

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a New Orleans group founded by tuba player Allan Jaffe, will bring some soulful, Southern sounds to the Lehigh Valley.

The jazz troupe will perform original holiday hits, plus favorite Christmas tunes such as “Walking in a Winter Wonderland, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Tickets: $35-$55

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton


Celtic candlelight




Governor Wolf Historical Society

The Governor Wolf Historical Society will host a Celtic Christmas concert in December

You can warm up at the Gov. Wolf Historical Society’s holiday event, which will feature classic Celtic Christmas songs by the Seasons.

The family band is based in Harrisburg and performs with the Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and hammered dulcimer.

There will be a dessert buffet and light refreshments served.

The concert will take place in the newly restored Wolf Academy.

Reservations are recommended and seating is limited. 
Tickets will be available at the venue Dec. 2 and 3 during the holiday history event.

Call or email for tickets at 610-737-3000 or

Tickets: $20 non-members, $15 members

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: 6600 Jacksonville Road, Bath


Old time charm

The banjo, fiddle and dulcimer will take center stage at the Bell Tower’s first-holiday concert.

You can enjoy traditional country tunes by local musicians Norm Williams and Tom and Betty Drunkenmiller.

Williams is known for his old-time Appalachian fiddle and gospel songs and tunes as well as other folk styles.

The Drukenmillers, with their son, Nate, began performing and recording in the 1990s.

Alongside Williams, the couple have made six recordings, most recently “Bound to Change.”

Tickets: $10

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Belltower Cultural Center, 2904 Church Road, Bangor


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