As we prepare for Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld’s final season with The Bach Choir, and anticipating all the glorious music that will again fill our hearts as we share the performances together, we offer this preview of the music to come.
- Our special event with Yo-Yo Ma has been POSTPONED. For more information , please click HERE.
- VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE Sunday, December 13, 2020: Opening our hearts: Music and Inspiration of Christmas Click HERE for more information
- J.S. Bach – Arias from the Christmas Oratorio
- Robert Parsons – Ave Maria
- Franz Xaver Gruber – Silent Night
- Sunday, February 28, 2021: The Greg Funfgeld Family Concert
- Including Benjamin Britten – Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, in a Bach Choir collaboration with Lehigh University Philharmonic, the Dance Department of Lehigh Valley Charter High School of the Performing Arts and members of the Bach Festival Orchestra
- Sunday, March 21, 2021: Spring Concert
- Durufle – Requiem & Handel – Messiah, Part Two
- Friday & Saturday, May 14 – 15, 21 – 22, 2021 – 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival
Greg Funfgeld’s final Festival as Artistic Director and Conductor includes St. Matthew Passion, Mass in B Minor, and Paul Taylor Dance Company as our Festival Artist-in-Residence (Weekend 1) and Eliot Fisk, guitarist (Weekend 2.)
Our Bethlehem “Bach at Noon | Bach Together virtual concerts” will take place in September, October and November, conducted by Greg Funfgeld as he leads a small group of musicians. Each concert will be posted on our You Tube channel, our facebook page and on each “Bach at Noon” calendar event here on our website. Watch and enjoy them online on Bach at Noon concert days by clicking YOU TUBE to view the concert. All from the comfort of your own home! (You can also watch anytime you like once the concert has premiered.)
We look forward to seeing you again very soon and will post information about our first “open to the public” concert as soon as it is confirmed.
These concerts return to the airwaves beginning on Monday, September 13, when WWFM will broadcast our March 10, 2020 Bach at Noon concert. Tune in at 1 pm to hear this concert, featuring the music of Bach and Telemann. (Dates for our upcoming concerts will be announced as promptly as possible.) Listen online at wwfm.org or on one of their regional broadcast stations.
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Thank you! We look forward to seeing you soon !
Bach at Noon
“I liked the piece when we were asked to sit with our hands folded. I closed my eyes and I could picture a bird gliding over a beautiful green grassy meadow. I felt like the bird gliding over the meadow as I listen to the music.” ~ Grade 7 Student, Strayer Middle School, following a ‘Bach to School’ assembly.
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!”
This season, we’re thrilled to announce that our Bach at Noon concerts will be again broadcast by WWFM, the Classical Network. This award-winning classical music station is listener supported, and has offered a number of Bach Choir concerts in previous seasons. We’re delighted that they’ll be sharing our joyous Bach at Noon concerts with listeners near and far each month!
The COVID-19 outbreak interrupted our regularly scheduled programming on WWFM for a few months, but our concert broadcasts have been added back to the broadcast schedule as shown below. They are on the air at 1 PM on the second Monday of the month; please see below (schedule subject to change). NOTE: Our March, 2020 Bach at Noon concert will air on MONDAY, September 14 at 1 pm.
2020 Bethlehem Concerts: Broadcast dates ~
September 15 concert on January 11, 2021
October 13 concert on February 8
November 10 concert on March 8
2021 Bethlehem Concerts: Broadcast dates ~
January 12 concert on April 12
February 9 concert on May 10
March 9 concert on June 7
April 13 concert on July 12
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.
Gala Event & Fundraiser
UPDATE: Our Gala event for this season has been postponed. We will share updates on rescheduling Yo-Yo Ma as soon as a date is confirmed.
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, Thomanerchor and Peter Serkin, 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.
Initiated in 2000, the annual Greg Funfgeld 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 Greg Funfgeld 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.
113th 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.