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110th Bethlehem Bach Festival continues May 19, 20

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra

Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director and Conductor

Festival soloists: Agnes Zsigovics, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; William Sharp, baritone; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Dashon Burton, bass

Festival artist-in-residence: Tricia van Oers, recorder

Guest artists: Doug Roysdon & Mock Turtle Marionette Theater

Pre-concert performances: Festival Brass Choir, Suzuki Violin Program of the Lehigh Valley

Friday, May 19

2 p.m., Room 145, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem: Distinguished Scholar Lecture, “Why Bach Matters,” Dr. George Stauffer, Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, distinguished professor of musicology, Rutgers University

4 p.m., Incarnation of Our Lord Church, Thomas and Buchanan streets, Bethlehem: Bach, Cantata 49, “Ich geh und such emit Verlangen” (Festival premiere); Telemann, Canonic Sonata No. 1 in G Major TWV 40:118 for cello and bass, Deborah Davis, cello, Stephen Groat, bass; Bach, Cantata 103, “Ihr werdet weinen und heuten,” soloists Rosa Lamoreaux, Daniel Taylor, Stephen Ng, William Sharp; Preceded by Bach Chorale Sing, Part 1

4 p.m., Saal of the Moravian Museum, Church Street, Bethlehem: “Bach and the Viola of Love: Arias and Chamber Music for the viola d’amore,” Heinichen, Trio Sonata in F Major; Bach, Two solo movements from Cello Suite in D Minor; Biber, Partita No. 7 from “Harmonia artificosa” and Arias with viola d’amore obbligato from Bach Cantatas 152, 205, 36c, 98; Saint John Passion BWV 245, and Telemann, Brockes Passion, TWV 5:1, with Paul Miller, viola d’amore; Maureen Murchie, viola d’amore; Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpsichord; soloists Agnes Zsigovics, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Dashon Burton, bass. The Saal is on the second floor of the museum and is not handicapped-accessible.

5:45 p.m., Butz Lobby, Zoellner Arts Center: Buffet dinner with talk by Dr. Larry Lipkis, Professor of Music and Composer-in-residence at Moravian College

8 p.m., Packer Memorial Church, Lehigh University: Bach, Cantata BWV 97, ”In allen meinen Taten”; Telemann, Concerto for recorder and gamba in A Minor TWV 52a1, Tricia van Oers, recorder, Mollie Glazer, gamba, Bach, Cantata BWV 110, “Unser Mund sei voll Lachens”

Saturday, May 20

10:30 a.m., Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center: Bel Canto Children’s Chorus, Members of the Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra, Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre, “The Nightingale,” adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, music by Bach, Couperin, van Eyck, Mozart, Bolcom; Tricia van Oers, recorder, as the voice of the Nightingale; puppetry and movement by Doug Roysdon

12:30 p.m. Festival lunch, May 14, Butz Lobby, Zoellner Arts Center; May 21, Black Box Theater, Zoellner Arts Center

2 p.m., Bach Chorale Sing, Part 2, Packer Memorial Church (outside), with Festival Brass Choir

2:30, 4.30 p.m., Packer Memorial Church; Bach, The Mass in B Minor BWV 232, Part 1, 2

7 - 9:30 p.m., Peter Hall, Moravian College: Zimmermann’s Coffee House, chamber music, food and drink

Tickets: bach.org; 610-866-4382, 888-743-3100