The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is the oldest American Bach Choir. Founded in 1898, The Choir attracts thousands of national an international visitors every May to its annual Bethlehem Bach Festival and to concerts at Christmas, Spring, Bach at Noon, and the annual Family Concert. The Choir performs the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, but also works by composers who influenced Bach or were influenced by him. Some recent concerts included works by Beethoven, Brahms, Britten, Bernstein, Mendelssohn, and Vivaldi.
Under Greg Funfgeld’s passionate direction, today’s performances feature a finely-homes vocal ensemble of nearly 100 volunteer singers, a professional orchestra, and world-renowned soloists. The repertoire includes 133 cantatas, all of the motets, and 15 of Bach’s larger works. The Choir has received critical acclaim for performances at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, the Herkulessaal at Munich’s Royal Residence, The Kennedy Center in Washington, and Carnegie Hall in New York. The Choir toured the United Kingdom in July, 2003, including a performance for the prestigious BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. In 2011, The Choir sang in Saint Paul’s chapel and Trinity Church Wall Street for a 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11 in New York City. The Choir has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and Prairie Home Companion, Deutsche Radio, the BBC World Service, CBS Sunday Morning, the Emmy award-winning PBS 39 documentary on The Choir, Make a Joyful Noise. The Choir presents 32 concerts a year for more than 20,000 people and has been recognized for its outstanding educational outreach programs (Bach at Noon, Bach to School, and Family Concerts) by Chorus America (2012 finalist), the National Endowment for the Arts (2011 and 2012 grant awards), and the J.S. Bach Foundation, Switzerland (2012).
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