2017 Spring Concert

Leonard Bernstein - Mass

Concert Selections for Soloists and Chorus

Johann Sebastian Bach - Jesu Meine Freude

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 4pm
Pre-Concert Lecture by Greg Funfgeld at 3pm
First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA

Bernstein's epic Mass will be performed in the Concert Version and will feature the Bel Canto Children's Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem performing with The Bach Choir and distinguished soloists. Bach's exquisite motet Jesu Meine Freude is the perfect companion piece, ending with the chorale "You remain at my side, even in sorrow, Jesus, my joy."

Soloists

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Barbara Kilduff, soprano

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Isaiah Bell, tenor
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Both Bach and Bernstein end their respective masses with poignant pleas for peace, as timely in 1740s Germany or in 1971 as they are today.

Jesu Meine Freude, BWV 227, is a colossal motet, and an exceptionally kalaidoscopic exploration of colors, textures and expression.

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