America’s Oldest Bach Choir!
Celebrate with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem! Experience Baroque music performed in glorious settings throughout town. Join us as we toast to the 35th Anniversary of Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld, our 120th birthday, and our treasured Bethlehem Bach Festival. Performances and musicians include:
Festival artist-in-residence She-e Wu, marimba
Third Cello Suite in C Major, BWV 1009
Handel’s Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day
The epic Goldberg Variations
Charlotte Mattaz Moersch on harpsichord
Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, BWV 1015
Greg Funfgeld on harpsichord, with violin & flute
The Mass in B Minor, the centerpiece of the annual Festival
Please click on the 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival link in the box for additional information on each concert or call the Bach Choir office: 610-866-4382 x115 or x110. We look forward to seeing you soon!
The American Bach Society and The Bach Choir of Bethlehem announce…
The 10th Biennial Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers
May 20, 2018 Bethlehem, PA
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and The American Bach Society announce the tenth biennial competition for American singers with special interest in the music of J. S. Bach. On May 20, 2018, the finalists will appear before a panel of distinguished judges and a live audience in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For more information on The American Bach Society and the Performance Prizes, please click here.
To learn more about this year’s competition, click here and go to Auditions. Previous winners and frequent Bach Choir soloists include:
111th Bethlehem Bach FESTIVAL tickets available online!
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May 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2018
We’re celebrating the 120th birthday of the Choir, and hope you’ll join us for the heart of our season!
Bach at Noon
Initiated in 2005, this free concert series was designed as a community and economic development initiative educating new audiences about Bach’s music. It includes seven performances throughout the year at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem and three summer concerts at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Allentown. Greg Funfgeld introduces each program with an engaging, informal talk. Bach at Noon has been a phenomenal success attracting audiences of all ages totaling more than 8,000 a year. A frequent response from audience members is, “This is such a blessing!”
111th Bethlehem Bach Festival
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. The Festival is 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. The Festival is presented each year over two weekends in May, and includes guest artists-in-residence, featured young musicians, lectures and chorale sings with the audience.
Gala Concert & Fundraiser
Building on the successful presentation of such high profile artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Dave Brubeck, Emma Kirkby, Tiempo Libre, Hilary Hahn, the Swingle Singers, Eliot Fisk, the American Boychoir, Bach Collegium Japan, Roomful of Teeth and Thomanerchor, the annual Gala is a fundraiser and a fun musical and social event featuring Bach connections in different genres with guest artists at the top of their field.
Save the Date!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018
4pm Concert Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem
The Choir’s long tradition of offering Christmas music concerts began with the first complete performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the United States in 1901. Since then, the Choir has continued to bring Bach’s music, along with the sacred Christmas music of other composers, including more contemporary pieces, to the community with its annual December concerts in Allentown and Bethlehem.
From A Child’s Christmas in Bethlehem on the Analekta label, 2013
Initiated in 2000, the annual Family Concerts are imaginative, collaborative, interactive concerts that feature professional and student artists in the fields of music, dance, theater, visual arts, and poetry, performing with the full Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra. For many parents, the Family Concert offers the perfect opportunity to introduce their children to Bach, classical music and a live performance.
Welcoming the spring and celebrating the sacred Easter season with the music of J.S. Bach has been a long been a tradition of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Centerpieces of these performances over the years have included Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude and The Passion According to Saint John, along with the works of more contemporary composers including Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Britten and Morten Lauridsen.