The Bach Choir of Bethlehem,
Bach Festival Orchestra
& Caroline Goulding in her Bethlehem debut
Friday, May 1, 2015
Packer Memorial Church
The Festival Friday evening concert promises to rouse your spirit in a program consisting solely of Bach, featuring the full Choir, Bach Festival Orchestra, renowned vocal soloists, and the Bethlehem debut of violinist Caroline Goulding.
Cantatas 69 and 172 with full choir and orchestra are stirring and powerful. You’ll also be taken with the intimate Dialogue Cantata BWV 152 Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn which “symbolizes the cornerstone of faith set by God in Jesus’ incarnation” (John Eliot Gardiner). The cantata features Agnes Zsigovics, soprano and William Sharp, bass accompanied by a chamber group which includes viola d’amore and viola da gamba.
Rising star and Young Festival-Artist-in-Residence, Caroline Goulding is featured in the Concerto in E Major for Solo Violin. Ms. Goulding has appeared as a soloist with many of the world’s premier orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony, and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie. She has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, and the Louvre Museum.
“… fantastic style and flair, with an extraordinary virtuosity that always serves the character of the music. A violinist you must hear!” -Peter Oundjian, Music Director of Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Saturday ◊ December 6th, 2014 ◊ 8:00 p.m. 3231 Tilghman Street
Allentown, PA 18104
Join The Bach Choir, Bach Festival Orchestra and Soloists for beautiful music inspired by Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The concert will close with a traditional carol sing.
Our Christmas Concerts open with J.S. Bach’s Cantata 147 including the famous chorale Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring and close with the effervescent Magnificat of J.S. Bach’s most famous son, C.P.E. Bach in honor of the 300th anniversary of his birth. The Choir is also featured in a beautiful selection of pieces in praise of Mary, ranging from the much loved 16th century setting of Ave Maria by English composer Robert Parsons, to Stanford’s 20th century Magnificat with its soaring soprano solo, and the moving a capella Mary Speaks by contemporary American composer Daniel Gawthrop.
J. S. Bach Cantata 147 featuring Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring