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A look back....an unforgettable close to a season like no other!

STAND UP: Singing the Underground Railroad

Traditional African-American spirituals and chorales from J.S. Bach with spoken word / poetry, our Bel Canto Youth Chorus, led by Founder and Artistic Director Joy Hirokawa, presents this moving and significant program.

 

Chamber Music: Bach, Handel and Vivaldi

Virtual 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival:  Four Seasons featuring Elizabeth Field, violin; and one instrument to a part; soloists Paul Miller, viola and Greg Funfgeld, piano perform the music of Bach and Handel.

“Blessings and Benedictions:” Four Bach Cantatas

Members of the Bach Choir, Bach Festival Orchestra and soloists Sherezade Panthaki, Meg Bragle, Lawrence Jones and Dashon Burton present four Cantatas at our Virtual Festival, from St. John’s Lutheran Church.

 

2021-2022 Season At-A-Glance:

 

“BACH IS BACK and, as promised more than a year ago, WE WILL SING AGAIN!
We are singing again!…and what joy and blessing there is in that!”

~ Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director and Conductor

Download a ticket order form HERE!    View our Season Brochure online HERE!

 

Bach at Noon | Second Tuesdays 12:10 – 1pm Central Moravian Church, Historic Downtown Bethlehem, PA
2021 September 14* | October 12 | November 9*
2022 January 11 | February 8 | March 8 | April 12
June 14* | July 12 | August 9 (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Allentown)
* In addition to the in-person concerts, these Bach at Noon concerts will be live-streamed.

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus
Winter Concert
Sunday, December 5 at 4pm | St. John Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem

Christmas Concerts | Bach’s Christmas Oratorios Parts 1, 2, & 3
Saturday December 11, 2021 at 8pm | First Presbyterian Church of Allentown
Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 4pm | First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem
VIRTUAL Christmas Concert, live from Bethlehem Sunday, December 12 at 4 pm

 

Greg Funfgeld Family Concert | Dancing with Bach 
Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 3pm | Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

Spring Concert | Durufle Requiem / Handel Messiah Part Two
Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 4pm | First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem

SPRING GALA | Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott
A very special Gala concert from beloved cellist Yo-Yo Ma and world-renowned pianist Kathryn Stott | On sale November, 2021
Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 8pm | Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, PA

114th Bethlehem Bach Festival
May 13-14 & May 20-21*, 2022 | Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
* In addition to the in-person performance, we will Live-Stream the Mass in B Minor on Saturday, May 21, 2022.  Greg’s final Festival as Artistic Director and Conductor closes with this performance of the Mass.

 

Bach at Noon

Initiated in 2005, this free concert series, designed as a community and economic development initiative, educates new audiences about Bach’s music. It includes seven performances 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!”

Bach at Noon welcomes back our audience this season. Please see the information box about attending Bach at Noon in person.

 

Bach at Noon concerts will are 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!

2021 and 2022 Broadcast dates below – Tune in to WWFM on any of the broadcast stations listed on the chart.

CONCERT DATE | BROADCAST DATE 
September 14 | October 11
October 12 | November 8
November 9 | January 10, 2022
January 11 | February 7
February 8 | March 7
March 8 | April 11
April 12 | June 13
June 14 | July 11
July 12 | August 8
August 9 | September 12

Christmas Concerts


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.

 

Family Concerts

Noah’s Flood (Noyes Fludde) masks, created by the students who played our Ark of animals in our 2020 Greg Funfgeld Family Concert.

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.

Spring Concerts

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.

Gala Event & 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, Roomful of Teeth,  Thomanerchor,  Peter Serkin and Theatre of Early Music, 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.

 

114th 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.

More! Full Festival Info

Our Pledge to You

Gift Certificates

Now is the perfect time to purchase gift certificates for the coming season!  Just click SHOP and choose a certificate, available at $25, $50 and $100.
Certificates may be redeemed for tickets to Bach Choir concerts or merchandise. (Not valid toward Gala or fundraising events.)
Thank you!  We look forward to seeing you soon !

Upcoming and Recent Concerts

 

 

 


Virtual Bach at Noon
concerts are back!  Our latest concert was on Tuesday, April 13.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the program.

Mark your JUNE calendar –
Bach at Noon from Allentown returns on June 15!

Sharing our Bach at Noon concerts virtually and looking forward to the day we gather again to experience this music together!

Please click the image above to enjoy our April Bach at Noon concert, featuring Elizabeth Field, violin, Robin Kani, flute, Mary Watt, oboe, Greg Funfgeld, keyboard  and Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano, which premiered at noon on April 13!

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