As our worldwide community does its best to help those in need and help others stay safe, as we all persevere to move past the immediate concerns, once again share our time with friends and family, and embrace our day-to-day lives, we hope this music offers you comfort, peace, joy, and inspiration.
From Greg Funfgeld, our Artistic Director and Conductor:
“We are sad to lose the live performance opportunities for our Bach Choir Family to be together, and to offer the experiences they bring, but the safety of everyone is our first priority. Our musical family is an extraordinary community of people – people who love the musical and spiritual offerings of Bach and his contemporaries and who have become part of what we lovingly call ‘a family.’ YOU, our friends, are at the heart of that – and YOU help make it possible. You are an inspiration to everyone at The Bach Choir.
Take good care of yourselves and join us again as soon as we get back to doing what we love so much – singing and playing the music of Bach for you!”
Everyone at The Choir deeply appreciates your support, especially this time. To make a contribution, please CLICK HERE.
Greg Funfgeld introduces his friend, Eugene Albulescu, Director of the Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra. The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is grateful to Eugene for offering his gifts to us, which we share with you as today’s “Moment of Comfort.”
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 850 (from WTC Book 1)
Concerto nach Italienischen Gusto BWV 971 Second Movement Andante
From The Choir’s 2003 U.K. Tour, Greg Funfgeld introduces Daniel Taylor, countertenor, and presents Agnus Dei and Dona nobis pacem from Bach’s Mass in B Minor, recorded at King’s College, Cambridge.
From The Choir’s 2003 U.K Tour, Greg Funfgeld introduces Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano, and Elizabeth Field, Concertmaster, and presents Laudamus Te, from Bach’s Mass in B Minor, recorded at King’s College, Cambridge.
Greg Funfgeld introduces J.S. Bach’s “World Farewell,” our annual tradition at The Bethlehem Bach Festival to honor the members of our Bach Choir family we have lost over the past year, and offer comfort to those feeling loss and sadness at this time.
Greg Funfgeld offers some thoughts about cancelling The Bethlehem Bach Festival, and introduces this lovely and uplifting piece, Sonata in E-Flat Major, from Robin Kani, principal flutist.
Greg Funfgeld introduces his colleague and dear friend, Loretta O’Sullivan, who performs two movements from Bach’s 1st Cello Suite in G Major, offering moments of “comfort, consolation and hope.”
Recorded by WWFM at our 2018 Spring Concert, A Celebration of the Choral Art, at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. March 18, 2018.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra.
Please click the image for a video from Greg Funfgeld and Bridget George, offering thoughts, updates and good news about our upcoming Season, along with the music of J.S. Bach.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude in C Major
Please click the image for a video from Greg Funfgeld with Katherine Kaiser, featuring these beautiful pieces from Bach, and a message of comfort, consolation and hope from Greg and our Choir family to our community.
Sarabande from the French Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major
Aria: Bist du bei mir (If you are at my side) from Anna Magdelena Bach Notenbüchlein
Recorded by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, December, 2016
Please click the image for a video from Greg, featuring these beautiful pieces from Bach, and a message from Greg and our Choir family to our community.
Christmas Oratorio Part 1 – Movement 5 – (Passion Chorale) “Wie soll ich dich empfangen” (How can I fitly greet Thee)
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816 – Allemande and Sarabande
Listen to Cantata BWV 191, performed by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the Bach Festival Orchestra.
Listen to Gloria Patri, the final chorus of Bach’s Magnificat, recorded at The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Christmas Concert, December 2019.
Listen to ‘Comfort ye’ – Isaiah Bell, tenor. The Bach Choir of Bethlehem Christmas Concert, December 2019.
Listen to ‘Ev’ry Valley’ – Isaiah Bell, tenor. The Bach Choir of Bethlehem Christmas Concert, December 2019.