Bach Choir performing free concert to help close out Easton Winter Village

Easton is hosting one of this holiday season’s opportunities to hear the Bethlehem Bach Choir this weekend.

The choir, dedicated to performing the music of Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, will perform on the Easton Winter Village stage in Center Square on Sunday at 2pm for approximately 45 minutes. It is free.

Sunday is the last day of the open-air shopping village, featuring Easton retailers and restaurants, as well as an ice rink and live entertainment. The opening times for this last weekend are Friday from 4pm to 8pm, Saturday from 12pm to 8pm and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm.

The repertoire will include sing-along Christmas carols as well as some German Christmas carols and some of Bach’s Christmas carols, the choir said on social media.

Easton Deputy Fire Chief Chad Gruver is a member of the Bethlehem Bach Choir board of directors, Mayor Sal Panto Jr. said during Wednesday night’s city council meeting. When Gruver began his role, he asked the city government if he could continue serving on the volunteer committee, city manager Luis Campos said. Not only is this type of community service encouraged, Campos said, but the city wanted to invite the choir to perform in Easton, leading to Sunday’s event.

Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Bach Choir of Bethlehem performing at the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem in March 2008.Ken White File Photo | For lehighvalleylive.com

Founded in 1898, the choir consists of more than 80 dedicated volunteer singers who perform with the Bach Festival Orchestra and distinguished soloists. As part of the 1995 tour of Germany, they performed in the Hercules Hall of the Munich Residence and in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig; the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall as part of the choir’s centenary celebrations in 1998-2000; BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of an eight-concert tour of the UK in 2003; and Severance Hall in Cleveland for the 75th anniversary of the Baldwin-Wallace Bach Festival in 2007. In September 2011, the Bach Choir represented Pennsylvania at a September 10 musical celebration in New York City, performing concerts at Saint Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church , Wall Street.

Fans or those interested in learning more can purchase tickets for an on-demand performance, available through December 31st, of the choir’s live performance, which begins on Sunday December 11th of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Parts 4 , 5 and 6 was recorded. To buy tickets online, visit bach.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S8c00000NBqOBEA1.

In addition, the choir will perform at the Greg Funfgeld Family Concert and Youth Choirs Festival on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. in Baker Hall at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem. Led by Christopher Jackson and dedicated choral directors, this Bach Choir collaboration, named after its former director, invites youth choirs such as the Bel Canto Youth Chorus, the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Touring Choir, the Nazareth High School Chorus and the JR Masterman School of Philadelphia to perform with the Bach Choir and members of his orchestra. To purchase tickets, visit bach.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S8c00000NOKk7EAH and enter discount code LIVEADVENT22 to buy one and get one free, valid until December 26th.

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