Bethlehem Bach Festival


113th Bethlehem Bach Festival | May 14 - 15, 2021

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem's largest event of the year will take place virtually for its 113th year. 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 will be presented over one weekend in May, and includes guest artists-in-residence, featured young musicians, lectures, and chorale sings with the audience.

The Bethlehem Bach Choir performs the works of Bach and promotes appreciation of the aesthetic
and spiritual value of Bach’s music while striving for musical excellence. The choir engages its audience –
locally, nationally, and internationally – through education, performance, and the programs of its Bel
Canto Youth Chorus.

All events live streamed with limited in-person audience as allowed.

Friday, May 14

  • 4 p.m. -  Distinguished Scholar Lecture: Peter Wollny, Director of The Bach Archiv in Leipzig, Germany announced.
  • 7:30 p.m.Ifor Jones Chamber Music Concert
    • Paul Taylor Dance Company: Bach’s Brandenburgs Opus 88 and Esplanade Opus 61, performed with recorded music.
    • Bach Flute Sonata: Robin Kani, flute and Greg Funfgeld, keyboard

Saturday, May 15

  • 4 p.m.Chamber Music — Bach, Handel & Vivaldi, Chamber music by Bach and Handel; concert also include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, featuring Elizabeth Field, concertmaster, as the violin soloist with one instrument to a part.  Additional soloists include Loretta O’Sullivan, cello, Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpsichord, and Paul Miller, viola.
  • 7:30 p.m. -  “Blessings and Benediction” — Four Bach Cantatas, Members of The Choir and Orchestra, with featured soloists, Sherezade Panthaki, soprano, Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano, Lawrence Jones, tenor, and Dashon Burton, bass-baritone. Bach later took movements from these works when he was assembling his Mass in B Minor: Cantata 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen • Cantata 120 Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille • Cantata 171 Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm • Cantata 191 Gloria in excelsis Deo

Bach Choir Festival Tickets

  • Patrons currently holding tickets to the 2021 Bethlehem Bach Festival may review their options here or contact the Choir by calling 610-866-4382 x115 or x110.
  • Free Registration for the All-Festival Pass to the live-streamed events is available online at 

Please note: all plans outlined in this release are subject to change as COVID-19 restrictions require.