BACH CHOIR FAMILY CONCERT – DANCING WITH BACH BAROQUE, BLUE & BRILLIANT
January 22, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bridget George, 610-866-4382 Ext. 11, gro.hcabnull@tegdirb
BACH CHOIR FAMILY CONCERT – DANCING WITH BACH
BAROQUE, BLUE & BRILLIANT
On Sunday, February 26, from 3-4pm at Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will present its annual Family Concert, this year entitled DANCING WITH BACH – BAROQUE, BLUE & BRILLIANT. New dance partners joining conductor Greg Funfgeld, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra are the Muhlenberg College Dancers, directed by Corrie Cowart, and the Dance Department of the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts (LVPA) directed by Kimberly Maniscalco. Dance styles and repertoire range from classical—Bach’s Concerto in C Minor for Violin and Oboe and the opening chorus of the Ascension Oratorio—to the lively Baroque & Blue from Claude Bolling’s Sonata for Flute and Jazz Piano.
JOY, choreographed by LVPA faculty member Becky Moyer, features 11 young LVPA dancers beautifully interpreting the ecstatic opening chorus of Bach’s Ascension Oratorio – “Praise God in his kingdom …when you, in gathered choirs create a song in his honor.” In OUTLINES, choreographed by Corrie Cowart, assistant professor of dance at Muhlenberg College, six dancers from Muhlenberg College perform to the sprightly Allegro and haunting Adagio from Bach’s Concerto in C Minor for Violin and Oboe with Bach Festival Orchestra soloists Mary Watt, oboe and Elizabeth Field, violin.
AVIAN FLEW was choreographed by LVPA faculty member Jennifer Dite Weaver for 14 LVPA dancers creatively and humorously costumed as multicolored feathered birds. They dance to Baroque and Blue, the opening movement of Claude Bolling’s Sonata for Flute and Jazz Piano. Young audience members will each be given a feather as they enter Baker Hall and prior to this dance, will be given ways to recognize and participate in the inventive jazzy movements. The virtuosic Baroque and Blue is performed by Robin Kani, flute, Greg Funfgeld, piano, Stephen Groat, bass, and Christopher Hanning, percussion.
Continuing the theme of Dancing with Bach, the musical repertoire also includes dance movements from works by Bach for solo flute and solo piano, the opening chorus of Cantata 110 “May our mouths be filled with laughter”, and the closing chorale of Cantata 129 “The one we praise as Holy with full resounding joy.”
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has been recognized for its outstanding educational outreach programs (Bach at Noon, Bach to School, and interdisciplinary Family Concerts) by Chorus America (2010 finalist) and the National Endowment for the Arts (2011 grant award). Mr. Bach Comes to Call, a film based on the acclaimed Classical Kids CD, was co-produced by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and is distributed internationally by The Children’s Group.
Tickets for the Family Concert are $17 for adults and $6 for students up to age 22. Group discounts are available. For information and ticket reservations call 610.866.4382, ext. 15 or 10 or visit The Choir’s website: www.bach.org