Bach Choir Opens New Season with Bach at Noon on September 15
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem opens the 2015-16 Season with its 75th BACH AT NOON on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 12:10-1pm at Central Moravian Church in Historic Downtown Bethlehem PA. This is the THIRD Tuesday instead of the usual Second Tuesday since Labor Day is September 7.
For the celebratory 75th Concert in this popular series, Greg Funfgeld has programmed Bach’s Concerto for Violin in A Minor BWV 1041 performed by Elizabeth Field, violin, and members of the Bach Festival Orchestra. Following the concerto, members of The Bach Choir will perform Cantata 130 – Herrr Gott, dich loben alle wir (Lord God, we praise thee ev’ry one) with soloists Leslie Johnson, soprano, Robert Petillo, tenor, and Dashon Burton, bass-baritone.
Bach at Noon continues to draw capacity crowds totaling more than 6,800 people a year to concerts on Second Tuesdays, September-November and January-April. Admission is free and there is no need for a reservation but audiences are encouraged to come early to be assured of a seat. A free-will offering will be received to help support the series. Greg Funfgeld, artistic director and conductor, introduces each concert with an informal talk about the music.
After a successful launch of Bach at Noon in Allentown in June and July 2015, also for capacity crowds, a summer Bach at Noon series at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Allentown is planned for 2016. Complete repertoire for the Bach at Noon series in Bethlehem and Allentown will be posted on the Bach Choir website BACH.org.
2015-16 Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem
September 15 – Celebrate our 75th Bach at Noon
THIRD TUESDAY (because Labor Day is so late)
Second Tuesdays: October 13, November 10
January 12, February 9, March 8, April 12
2016 Bach at Noon Summer Series
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Allentown
Second Tuesdays: June 14, July 12, August 9
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem gave the first complete American performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor in 1900 and Christmas Oratorio in 1901. Since its founding in 1898, the Choir has been attracting thousands of visitors from across the United States and around the world to the annual Bethlehem Bach Festival. Under Greg Funfgeld’s direction since 1983, The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra have received international acclaim for their concerts, recordings, and educational outreach programs.
For tickets and further information: BACH.org, 610-866-4382, Toll-free: 888-743-3100