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2022 Bethlehem Bach Festival schedule May 13, 14, 20, 21

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem & Bach Festival Orchestra presents the “2022 Bethlehem Bach Festival.”

The festival is led by Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor.

Also performing is the Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, with Joy Hirokawa, Founder and Artistic Director.

Festival soloists are: Sherezade Panthaki, soprano; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Daniel Taylor, counter-tenor; Meg Bragle, alto; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Isaiah Bell, tenor; William Sharp, baritone, and Dashon Burton, bass-baritone.

The Festival Artist-in-Residence is Eliot Fisk, guitar.

There are pre-concert performances by the Festival Brass Choir and Youth Ensemble: Lehigh Valley Suzuki violin program

2022 Bach Festival schedule

May 13, 20

2 p.m., The Barnette Distinguished Scholar Lecture: Dr. George Stauffer, “Great Expectations: Bach in Leipzig,” Zoellner Arts Center, Room 145

Educated at Dartmouth College, Bryn Mawr College, and Columbia University, Dr. Stauffer is well-known for his writing on the music and culture of the Baroque Era and the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach. He is Distinguished Professor of Music History and Dean Emeritus of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

4 p.m., “The Saint Matthew Passion,” Part 1, Packer Memorial Church, Lehigh University

5:45 p.m., Buffet Dinner, with talk by Dr. Larry Lipkis, Butz Lobby, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

Dr. Lipkis is Professor of Music and Composer-in-residence at Moravian College

8 p.m., “The Saint Matthew Passion,” Part 2, Packer Memorial Church, Lehigh University

May 14, 21

10:30 a.m., Ifor Jones Chamber Music Concert, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, featuring Festival Artist-in-Residence, Eliot Fisk, guitar. Luigi Boccherini, “Concerto in E Major for Guitar and Orchestra, Eliot Fisk, guitar; J.S. Bach, “Trio Sonata No, 5 in C Major,” BWV 529, Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpsichord; Chaconne Project, Student composers performing variations they composed, based on chord progressions in Bach’s “Chaconne in D Minor,” played by The Bach Festival Orchestra; ”Chaconne in D Minor,” Eliot Fisk, guitar

12:30 p.m., Festival Lunch, Butz Lobby, Zoellner Arts Center, includes remarks by Eliot Fisk, Artist in-Residence

2 p.m., Bach Chorale Sing: Gather at flag pole near Packer Church, accompanied by The Festival Brass Choir

2:30 p.m., “The Mass in B Minor,” Part 1, and 4:30 p.m., Part 2, Packer Memorial Church

Festival tickets: www.bach.org; 610-866-4382