111th Bethlehem Bach Festival

May 11-12, 2018
May 18-19, 2018

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

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

It's our distinct pleasure to welcome so many of you to Bethlehem every year!

Our 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival in 2018 will be a glorious celebration of milestones - please make your plans - and your reservations! - now and be part of this community, sharing your passion for Bach and the joy, comfort and peace it offers all of us.

Fridays, May 11 and 18, 2018

In addition to offering our 2pm Distinguished Scholar Lecture and the 5:45pm Dinner Discussion, the following performances will be given each Friday:

NEW for 2018: Bach Outdoors! 12 noon
Upbeat performances by principal violist Paul Miller and friends, playing electric violins and other "modern" instruments to offer original arrangements of some of Bach's most beloved masterpieces.
Outdoors near Packer Memorial Church (weather permitting)

Greg Funfgeld and Charlotte Mattax

Bach at 4
Incarnation of Our Lord Church

617 Pierce Street, Bethlehem

Program includes:
J.S. Bach Cantata 106, Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit (God’s time is the very best time); scored for recorders, gambas, and basso continuo


Chamber Music in the Saal

Our musicians performing in the unique Moravian Museum Saal
66 West Church Street, Bethlehem

Chamber Music in the Saal
The Saal of the Moravian Museum

Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpsichord - The Goldberg Variations


Festival Crowd

Enjoying the Festival's atmosphere near Packer Memorial Church
36 University Drive, Bethlehem

Bach at 8
Packer Memorial Church

Program includes:
J.S. Bach Cantata 21 Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, one of Bach’s greatest Cantatas.
Festival artist in residence She-e Wu: transcription for marimba of J.S. Bach’s Third Cello Suite, BWV 1009 in C Major
George Frideric Handel Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day

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.







Watch your mail and your email for updates on our performances, soloists and the special events we're planning as we celebrate the 120th birthday of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the 35th anniversary of conductor and artistic director, Greg Funfgeld!

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for our 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival are available via phone or mail orders. Orders may be placed online beginning January, 2018.

The 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival
May 11 and 12, 18 and 19

Saturdays, May 12 and 19, 2018

Coffeehouses, Cantatas and our annual performance of the incomparable Mass in B Minor

Ifor Jones Chamber Music Concert: The Bach Festival Orchestra and artist-in-residence She-e Wu
Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

Program includes:
J.S. Bach Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, BWV 1050 - Greg Funfgeld, harpsichord
Third Suite in D Major, BWV 1068 with its celebrated "Air."

Festival wide shot

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

Mass in B Minor
Packer Memorial Church, Lehigh University

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.

Greg Funfgeld and Charlotte Mattax

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

Zimmermann's Coffee House
7:00 - 9:30pm
Peter Hall, Moravian College

Chamber music performed by young musicians chosen by audition; offered in a coffee house setting with German food, wine and beer. A relaxed evening, including appearances by Greg Funfgeld and friends.

All 2018 Festival information will be updated and tickets will be on sale in August, 2017 (phone and mail orders only). ONLINE Festival orders begin in January, 2018.
>Please note:
• All Festival tickets will be mailed in March, 2018
• 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

Transportation in and around Bethlehem

Call Bach Choir Sponsor Corporate Limousine should you need local car service while attending The Bach Festival. Whether you arrive by bus or by plane, they will meet you and get you to our performances on time! 610-820-5000 Corporatelimousine.com