May 8-9 & May 15-16, 2020
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
JOIN US! Tickets for our 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival will go on sale in August, 2019. Online orders begin in January, 2020.
Festival performances also take place in North Bethlehem, at Payrow Plaza, the Saal of the Moravian Museum and at Peter Hall on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus of Moravian College
If you have any questions about our Festival, please call Renee at the Bach Choir Office. 610-866-4382 x 115
Information about our 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival will be posted in August, 2019. As the information for each performance, including our Festival Artist-in-residence, becomes available, we will post it here and in other media. We welcome you to the heart of our season and hope the glorious music offers you joy, comfort, inspiration and peace as only the music of J.S. Bach can.
Voices from the Choir…
Click here for a clip of rehearsal and some thoughts from two Choir members about the 2018 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. 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 112th Bethlehem Bach Festival in 2019 was – as ever – a time of reunions, annual renewal and contemplation and sharing this exquisite music as a community. Please make your plans – and your reservations! – now and be part of this community in 2020, sharing your passion for Bach and celebrating this uplifting season.
“It’s not only the history of the Festival but the personal history that so many of the performers and members of the audience have with it that gives the weekend a very wonderful and sentimental atmosphere.”
— Karen B., longtime Festival attendee
We invite you to make memorable musical connections in 2019! Here are a few snapshots from our 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival.
Artists who delighted us at the 2019 Festival - 2020 Festival information coming in August!
We are pleased to present Bach Festival Orchestra member Anthony Cecere, French Horn, as the featured soloist at the Bach at 8 Concert this year. Our principal horn for more than 20 years, Anthony also performs with notable orchestras and opera companies in the U.S. and abroad, and has toured throughout Germany and France. He has been principal horn and soloist with the New Orleans Philharmonic, and has performed with the Metropolitan opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New Jersey and Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.
World Premiere of Commissioned Work:
It is our distinct pleasure to welcome American composer Gwyneth Walker, whose catalog includes more than 300 commissioned works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, chorus and solo voice. Ms. Walker is a graduate of brown university and the Hartt School of Music, holds a B.A., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees in Music Composition and is a former faculty members of the Oberlin College Conservatory. Her commissioned work, that will debut at this year’s Ifor Jones Chamber Music Concert at the Festival, was composed to celebrate the merger of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and The Bel Canto Youth Chorus.
First Weekend (May 8 & 9, 2020)
We hope you’ll join us for the opening weekend of our 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival! We look forward to sharing this glorious music with you in 2020!
Second Weekend (May 15 & 16, 2020)
Our 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival continues — join us for the second weekend of music and friendship!