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Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott in Bach Choir 2022 Gala

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott are guests for The Bach Choir of Bethlehem Gala Concert and Fundraiser.

The rescheduled event, April 30, 2022, is a few weeks before Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld leads The Choir in May’s Bethlehem Bach Festival, his final as Artistic Director and Conductor.

The Choir last presented Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, when he gave a performance of Bach’s complete “Cello Suites.”

For the Gala, he and pianist, Kathryn Stott, will perform a concert with repertoire to be announced.

The concert in Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, will include space reserved for students to attend. Prior to the 8 p.m. concert, the Choir will hold a Gala Event, with cocktails and dinner. Tickets to the Gala Evening and-or the concert will go on sale in November.

Funfgeld anticipates the performance with great excitement: “It is an indescribable privilege and pleasure to welcome Yo-Yo Ma back to Bethlehem as a guest of The Bach Choir.

“Truly one of the world’s greatest artists, his incredible musicianship, virtuosity, passion and humanity have touched and enriched the lives of millions of souls in every corner of the globe.

“From ‘Sesame Street’ to the great concert halls of the world, Yo-Yo Ma graces our lives with music and wonder, joy and peace, hope and love.

“This concert from Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott is a not-to-be missed event for every one of us. Bring your friends, children, grandchildren, everyone you love and care about,” said Funfgeld.

Leela Breithaupt, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s new Executive Director, said, “I’m thrilled to welcome these world-class artists to my first Gala Concert and Fundraiser with The Bach Choir.

“Yo-Yo Ma’s performance of Bach’s ‘Cello Suites’ as part of The Choir’s Centennial Celebration in 1998 will remain one of the organization’s most memorable.

“Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott are the perfect guest artists for this celebratory season, as The Choir rejoices in our return to in-person live performances and Greg completes his influential and distinguished career with the Choir,” Breithaupt said.

Lead sponsors of the event are John & Carol Daniel, and the Air Products Foundation.

Repertoire and ticket information this fall: www.bach.org