The 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival was an enormous success!  Thank you for joining us and sharing your enthusiasm for the music and our virtual outreach. 

Our You Tube channel has two of our Festival concerts posted; the Ifor Jones Concert – featuring Paul Taylor Dance Company – is available for a limited time only on Vimeo.

Click HERE to view the 7:30 PM Ifor Jones Chamber Music Concert

Click HERE to view 4 PM Chamber Music | Bach at 4

Click HERE to view the 7:30 PM Blessings & Benediction | Choir Concert

Contributions to our Festival gratefully received!

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach has been performed at the Bethlehem Bach Festival for more than 100 years. This year, we were thrilled to present a modified but no less enthusiastic program to an enthusiastic online audience through our Virtual Festival.  Although we couldn’t be together, we hope  that Bach’s eternal messages of comfort, faith, and peace touched you in a very special way this year.

Our Virtual Festival welcomed Paul Taylor Dance Company as our Artist-in-Residence, along with soloists who joined members of The Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra to present four Bach Cantatas:
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano, Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano, Lawrence Jones, tenor and Dashon Burton, bass-baritone.  The Barnette Distinguished Scholar Lecture from Leipzig’s Bach Archiv Director Peter Wollny, came to us from Germany.

Conducted by Greg Funfgeld, the Festival was produced according to COVID-19 protocol.

 

Print the Festival Program

“…moments of great beauty and joy, hope and good cheer…”

“Since the pandemic started, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has been nimble, flexible, creative and responsive – continuing to offer this incredible music to listeners near and far.  Our Virtual Christmas Concert was seen by more than 8000 people around the world.  Similarly, our virtual BACH AT NOON concerts and MOMENTS OF COMFORT have been received with deep appreciation.  In these challenging times, this music offers comfort and peace, beauty and hope.  And now our modified May Festival – virtual and live-streamed events – our Soloists, Choir and Orchestra, the brilliant Paul Taylor Dance Company, a chamber music concert with music by Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi, and a lecture from Peter Wollny, one of the world’s leading Bach scholars in Leipzig, where Bach lived and worked for the last twenty-seven years of his life.  These are precious moments, moments of great beauty and joy, hope and good cheer – we are delighted to be able to share them with all who listen, in all corners of the globe!”     ~  Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director and Conductor

 

Virtual Festival Events:

 The Barnette Distinguished Scholar Lecture from Peter Wollny, Director of The Bach Archiv, in Leipzig, Germany | “Bach in Challenging Circumstances – Some Thoughts on Life and Creativity”

 

 

Ifor Jones Chamber Music Concert, with Artist-in-Residence Paul Taylor Dance Company presents the music of J.S. Bach. The concert opens with a welcome message and conversation between The Bach Choir’s Artistic Director and Conductor, Greg Funfgeld, and Michael Novak, Artistic Director of Paul Taylor Dance Company.

PROGRAM:
Bach Festival Premiere of Brandenburgs, Opus 88
Esplanade, Opus 61
J.S. Bach Flute Sonata, with Robin Kani, flute and Greg Funfgeld, keyboard

Bach at 4 | Chamber Music Concert, featuring the music of J.S. Bach, George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, performed with one instrument to a part.
Soloists include concertmaster Elizabeth Field, Paul Miller, viola and Greg Funfgeld, harpsichord.

 

 Blessings & Benediction  The Bach Choir, Bach Festival Orchestra and guest soloists Sherezade Panthaki, Meg Bragle, Lawrence Jones and Dashon Burton.

Chorale from Cantata BWV 27 Welt, ade!
Cantata 120 Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille
Cantata 171 Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm
Cantata 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen
Duet from Cantata 80 Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
Cantata 191 Gloria in excelsis Deo

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