2017-2018 Season & 111th Bach Festival



Is there a more glorious celebration of music?

"Certainly I knew of Bethlehem before I came here. Bethlehem is known the whole country over for its music. I do not flatter you. Bethlehem and Bach belong together."
~ Madame Ernestine Schumann-Heink, German contralto, 1910
From Bach in Bethlehem A musical tradition, by Kenneth L. Houck 1979

Bach at Noon

Second Tuesdays 12:10 - 1 pm
Free Admission
and no need for a reservation.

St. John's Lutheran Church, Allentown
2017 - June 13, July 11, August 8

Central Moravian Church, 73 West Church Street
2017 - September 12, October 10, November 14
2018 - January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10

Gala Concert - Thomanerchor (Boys Choir) from Leipzig

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 4 pm
Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA
6pm Benefactor cocktails, dinner & auction at Saucon Valley Country Club

Bach's own choir from Leipzig, Germany will make one of their U.S. appearances this year in Bethlehem! An extraordinary event you won't want to miss.

Christmas Concerts -
featuring a live performance of A Child's Christmas in Bethlehem

with Bel Canto Children's Chorus and other repertoire

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, PA
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem, PA







Family Concert - Mr. Bach Comes to Call

- re-staged to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film release

Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3 pm
Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Based on historical fact, Mr. Bach Comes to Call is pure family entertainment that features more than twenty excerpts of Bach's best-loved works beautifully performed by The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra.

Spring Concert: A Celebration of the Choral Art

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm
State Theatre, Easton PA
Tickets on sale starting August 16; please call State Theatre Box office: 1-800-999-STATE
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA

William Walton Coronation Te Deum
J.S. Bach Cantata 118
Morten Lauridsen Mid-Winter Songs
John Rutter Gloria


111th Bethlehem Bach Festival
The Heart of Our Season

May 11 - 12 & May 18 - 19, 2018
Lehigh University and Historic Downtown Bethlehem

The 111th Festival builds on glorious tradition, offering spirited performances and intimate conversations with soloists and guest lecturers, along with festival premieres, culminating in Saturday performances of Bach's magnificent Mass in B Minor.