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The Bach Choir of Bethlehem Spring Concert in Easton

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The Bach Choir of Bethlehem performs for the very first time at the historic State Theatre in Easton.

J. S. Bach Cantata 118
William Walton Coronation Te Deum
Morten Lauridsen Mid-Winter Songs
John Rutter Gloria

Two festive tours-de-force for choir and brass by William Walton and John Rutter are combined with Morten Lauridsen’s earliest choral cycle, the Mid-Winter Songs on poetry by Robert Graves for a concert that will combine cosmic praise with deep intimacy.

Lauridsen’s setting of the Graves charts the wayward romantic fortunes of the poet in stunningly evocative compositions, with challenging and crystalline music for choir and piano.
Walton’s ebullient Coronation Te Deum was composed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953, and features lush double-choir writing and infectious rhythm.
John Rutter’s joyful Gloria, composed 20 years later contains fanfares aplenty and a rhapsodically lyrical middle movement.