Coming later this month:
Family Concert: “Mr. Bach Comes to Call”
3 pm Sunday, February 25, 2018
Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University
LIVE! Re-staged for the 10th Anniversary of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem/Classical Kids film release
From The Morning Call, April 2007 review:
The story of “Mr. Bach Comes to Call” is charmingly, disarmingly simple. Dead since 1750, J.S. Bach (Mark McKenna) returns to life as a window washer who becomes a teacher to help Elizabeth (Abriana Ferrari), a 12-year-old Bethlehemite struggling with his Minuet in G. A lesson on the piano, an instrument not available to Bach, quickly blossoms into a tour of Bach’s universe and the spheres in general. The score is packed — but not crammed — with excerpts from more than 20 works performed by the Bach Choir and the Bach Festival Orchestra, including two Brandenburg concertos and the Agnus Dei from the Mass in B Minor.
Treat yourself and your family to this wonderful afternoon of music and friendship! An interactive and lively performance, followed by a “meet and greet” with the cast and choir, a punch and cookies reception and activities for children. Great way to spend a late winter afternoon!
Tickets: $18 / $9 General Admission.
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!
Don’t miss a moment – order your tickets today!
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!
Coming up in March, 2018:
Bach at Noon
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem
Spring Concerts: A Celebration of the Choral Art
Saturday, March 17, 2018
State Theatre, Easton, PA
- Please call State Theatre Box Office for tickets: 610-252-3132 / 800-999-7828
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
Bryn Mawr, PA
For more information, click the links for each concert or call the Bach Choir office: 610-866-4382 x115 or x110. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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!”
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.
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, and Roomful of Teeth, 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.
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