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.

Festival Soloists:

Agnes Zigovics, soprano
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
William Sharp, baritone
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Dashon Burton, bass

Festival artist-in-residence:

Tricia van Oers, recorder

Guest artists:

Doug Roysdon & Mock Turtle Marionette Theater

Friday Schedule: May 12 and May 19

2 pm Distinguished Scholar Lecture - Dr. George Stauffer

"Why Bach Matters"
Dean of Mason Gross School of the Arts and distinguished professor of musicology at Rutgers University
Room 145, Zoellner Arts Center

Greg Funfgeld and Charlotte Mattax

Incarnation of Our Lord Church: Bach at 4

Two Choices for 4 pm
Choice A: Bach at 4

Program includes:
Bach: Cantata 49 Ich geh und such emit Verlangen [Festival premiere]

Canonic Sonata No. 1 in G Major TWV 40:118 for cello and bass

- Deborah Davis, cello, Stephen Groat, bass

Bach: Cantata 103 Ihr werdet weinen und heuten
- Featuring Tricia van Oers, recorder virtuoso and Festival artist-in-residence

Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Stephen Ng, tenor
William Sharp, baritone

Preceded by Bach Chorale Sing Part 1


Chamber Music in the Saal

Our musicians performing in the unique Moravian Museum Saal

Choice B:
Chamber Music in the Saal 4 pm

Program includes:
Heinichen: Trio Sonata in F major
Bach: Two Solo Movements from Cello Suite in D Minor arr. Miller
Biber: Partita No. 7 from "Harmonia artificosa"

And Arias with viola d'amore obbligato from
Bach: Cantatas 152, 205, 36c, 98, Saint John Passion BWV 245 and Telemann: Brockes Passion, TWV 5:1

Paul Miller, viola d’amore
Maureen Murchie, viola d’amore
Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpsichord

Agnes Zsigovics, soprano
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
Dashon Burton, bass

5:45 pm Buffet Dinner with informal talk - Dr. Larry Lipkis

Professor of Music and Composer-in-residence at Moravian College
Butz Lobby, Zoellner Arts Center


Festival Crowd

Enjoying the Festival's atmosphere near Packer Memorial Church

Bach at 8

Program includes:
Bach: Cantata BWV 110 Unser Mund sei voll Lachens

Telemann: Concerto for recorder and gamba in A Minor TWV 52 a 1
Tricia van Oers, recorder; Mollie Glazer, gamba

Bach: Cantata BWV 97 In allen meinen Taten

We'll see you in Bethlehem!

Out of town guests, please note!
Please make your reservations to stay in Bethlehem as soon as possible; hotel rooms are in great demand during the month of May. The Stay and Dine in Bethlehem link on this page lists a variety of hotels, all convenient to our Festival venues. Be sure to mention The Bethlehem Bach Festival when reserving your room to take advantage of special rates offered by some hotels.







The 110th Bethlehem Bach Festival, coming in May 2017

Coffeehouses, Cantatas and our colorful, beautiful Nightingale --
attend these performances, and many more...
at The 110th Bethlehem Bach Festival

We invite you to explore the events and our full repertoire this year; perhaps also attend a few for the first time! As you review the schedule, you’ll see that some events run simultaneously; some take place on one weekend only. By visiting the Festival on both weekends you’ll be able to attend every event and every performance - a dream-come-true experience for everyone who is inspired and touched by the music of J.S. Bach.

Festival wide shot

The Bach Choir and The Bach Festival Orchestra present "The Nightingale" with Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre 

Saturday Performances: May 13 and May 20

Hans Christian Andersen's
The Nightingale with Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre

10:30AM Baker Hall Zoellner Arts Center
Hans Christian Andersen’s story, now set in 17th century Germany, offers the perfect vehicle for J.S. Bach’s transcendent choral and instrumental music to contribute to the central theme of story, the triumph of the spirit. Virtuoso recorder player Tricia van Oers embodies the voice of the nightingale, through music including Le Rossignol en Amour by Francois Couperin and Engels Nachtigaltje by Jacob van Eyck as well as the wonderful recorder duet accompanying Bach’s “Sheep may safely graze.” Other choral and instrumental music interwoven with the story include choruses from Bach Cantatas, movements from the Art of Fugue, the “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem, and William Bolcom’s Graceful Ghost Rag played by Greg Funfgeld and Elizabeth Field, violin, as the music of the ghosts.

12:30 pm Festival Lunch

May 14: Butz Lobby, Zoellner Arts Center
May 20: Black Box Theater, Zoellner Arts Center

Festival wide shot

The Bach Choir and The Bach Festival Orchestra performing the glorious Mass in B Minor

2:o0 pm Bach Chorale Sing Part 2 with the Festival Brass Choir

Packer Memorial Church (outside)

J. S. Bach's The Mass in B Minor

Part 1 at 2:30PM
Part 2 at 4:30PM
Packer Memorial Church

A glorious tradition treasured by thousands of people from throughout the United States and beyond since the American premiere of Bach's monumental Mass at the first Bethlehem Bach Festival in 1900.

Festival soloists:
Agnes Zsigovics, soprano
Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
William Sharp, baritone
Dashon Burton, bass

Festival wide shot

Zimmermann's Coffee House

Peter Hall, Moravian College

Held cafe style, offering Baroque chamber music performed by young musicians chosen by audition, along with a selection of German food, wine and beer. The perfect performance to cap off Festival weekend!

Greg Funfgeld and Charlotte Mattax

Artistic Director and conductor Greg Funfgeld at Zimmerman's Coffee House

Join us!

Click here for summaries, details and ticket information for the entire Festival. Select the performances or events you wish to attend and then click on our “Order Now” button or call our office to place your order.
Please note:
• All Festival tickets will be mailed in March, 2017
• The following venues offer general admission seating: Incarnation of Our Lord Church, Zoellner Arts Center, Peter Hall
• Assigned seating in Packer Memorial Church:
- Guarantor seating reserved according to Guarantor number
- All other seating assigned according to purchase date