Leonard Bernstein - Mass
Concert Selections for Soloists & Choruses

J.S. Bach - Jesu Meine Freude

Sunday, March 26 at 4 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem
Pre-concert Lecture by Greg Funfgeld at 3pm

"Doubt is but another element of faith." St. Augustine
Bernstein's epic work maintains the integrity of the Mass form and the dramatic tension between faith and doubt as well as the spirit of diversity, inclusion, and peace that was so much a part of Bernstein's mission as conductor, composer, and humanitarian. Orchestration includes piano, organ, flutes, guitars and a large percussion section. Prominent and moving role for The Bel Canto Children's Chorus of The Bach Choir.

Bach's exquisite motet is the perfect companion piece, ending with the chorale "You remain at my side, even in sorrow, Jesus, my joy."

Barbara Kilduff, soprano
Isaiah Bell, tenor

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Revisit a treasure!...

Hans Christian Andersen's
"The Nightingale"

You and your family will be delighted by the music, the movement and the artistry in this world premiere of The Nightingale, produced by The Bach Choir, Bach Festival Orchestra and the Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre.

Beautifully carved and costumed, the marionettes tell this timeless story by Hans Christian Andersen, with the song of the nightingale embodied by Tricia van Oers, recorder virtuoso.

Set in 17th Century Germany, the musical story includes:

Sheep may safely graze and choruses from cantatas
by J.S. Bach
Le Rossignol en Amour ("Nightingale in Love")
by Francois Couperin
Graceful Ghost Rag by William Bolcom
Lachrimosa from Mozart's Requiem

Featured at our Saturday morning concerts at this year's Bach Festival
Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

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Bach at Noon in Bethlehem

Central Moravian Church
We look forward to seeing you at our next Bach at Noon performance in March, 2017!

March 14
J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Concerto in A Major for Oboe d'amore, BWV 1055, with Mary Watt, oboe d'amore

Cantata 32 - Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, with Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano & William Sharp, Baritone

April 11
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major, RV 537, with Lawrence Wright and Brian Kuszyk, trumpets

J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Cantata 66 - Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen

Bach at Noon in Allentown

St. John's Lutheran Church
June 13
July 11
August 8

Directions and Parking Information for
Bach at Noon

110th Bethlehem Bach Festival

May 12-13, 2017
May 19-20, 2017

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Historic Downtown Bethlehem, Moravian Community

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Our largest event of the year takes place in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on the campus of Lehigh University and on the historic grounds of the Moravian community.

Glorious tradition, spirited performances, festival premieres...music for you

Attending the Bethlehem Bach Festival means different things to everyone. For some, the annual performances of Bach's music at Incarnation of Our Lord Church or Packer Memorial Church delivers a complete and fully satisfying experience. For others, the relaxed atmosphere of Zimmermann's Coffee House offers the perfect environment for an evening of Baroque chamber music along with café style food and drink. Still others may appreciate a step back in time while attending a performance at the Saal, the original place of worship for the Moravian community in 1742.

Greg Funfgeld and Charlotte Mattax

Incarnation of Our Lord Church: Bach at 4

Chamber Music in the Saal

Chamber Music in the Saal

Our musicians performing in the unique Moravian Museum Saal