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2020-2021 Season

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.

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  • VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE  Sunday, December 13, 2020:  Opening our hearts: Music and Inspiration of Christmas
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      • 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 PassionMass in B Minor, and Paul Taylor Dance Company as our Festival Artist-in-Residence (Weekend 1) and Eliot Fisk, guitarist (Weekend 2.)
  • PLEASE NOTE: Our special event with Yo-Yo Ma has been POSTPONED.  For more information , please click HERE. 
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With abundant caution, we are following our COVID-19 protocol for the following concerts:

Fall 2020  Bach at Noon concert series
Virtual Christmas Concert: Opening up our hearts ~ Music and Inspiration of Christmas

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, with no audience present. Each concert will be posted on You Tube, facebook  and on each “Bach at Noon” calendar event here on our website.   On concert days, go to our event on this website, our  YOU TUBE channel or our facebook page 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  will post information about our first “open to the public” concert as soon as it is confirmed.

Bach at Noon concerts may be heard on WWFM (detailed schedule below in the Bach at Noon section).

Listen online at wwfm.org or on one of their regional broadcast stations. 

 

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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!

Bach at Noon concerts air at 1 PM on the second Monday of the month; please see below (schedule subject to change).  

2020 Allentown Concerts: Broadcast dates ~
June 9 concert on October 12
July 14 concert on November 9
August 11 concert on December 7

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

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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