At the 2004 Bethlehem Bach Festival, which
runs this weekend and next (May 8-9 and May 14-15), no
one is busier than Larry Lipkis, professor of music and
has a quadripartite role in the festival.
He is, first, a performer. He plays
viola da gamba in Cantata 106, a chamber-sized work on
the 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon cantata concerts in Packer
Chapel at Lehigh
University. His wife, Linda, is in the 16-member vocal ensemble that sings
Then Larry zips back to Moravian to be the
dinner speaker for those going on to the cantata concert
p.m. in Packer Chapel. They’ll eat at 6:00
p.m. in the South Campus dining hall while Larry talks about the works to
come. He also brings the wine, a tradition whose origins
are lost in the mists of
He’s also part of the Baltimore Consort,
an outstanding early music group featured in “Chamber
Music in the Saal,” an intimate concert at the Moravian
Museum, 66 Church St., Bethlehem, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.
The consort’s program is called “Bach,
Buxtehude, and the Boys” and
is focused on Lutheran predecessors of Bach in the music business.
include Erasmus Widmann, Johann Stadlmayr, Johann Hermann
Schein, and Michael Praetorius, late 16th-century composers
who died before Bach
Buxtehude was the great Danish organist whom the young Bach walked
from Arnstadt to Lübeck to hear in 1706—a journey
of 250 miles, which took him 10 days. The rest of this
program includes works by Bach
that pay homage—sometimes
serious, sometimes funny—to these composers. It ends with “Wir
gehn nun wo der Tudelsack” (“We go wherever the dudelsack
[bagpipe] takes us”) from the Peasant Cantata, which gives the
consort a chance to show its earthy side.
At the same hour, Larry’s
orchestral work “Apotheosis,” composed
to honor Bach’s tercentenary in 1985 and premiered at the Bach
Festival in 1986, will be played on the Ifor Jones Memorial Concert
in Baker Hall, Zoellner
Arts Center, Lehigh. “Unless some great advances are made in
cloning in the next week,” Larry says, he will have to hear his
homage to Bach at its dress rehearsal.
“Apotheosis” is paired with another
Bach-inspired contemporary work, Libby Larsen’s “I
It Am” cantata, based on the writings of Julian
of Norwich. Also on the program: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto
No. 1 and Orchestral Suite No. 3.
Carol Traupman-Carr ’86 continues to
supply online program notes for the festival repertory,
though this year, with Commencement and
the Bach Festival piled
atop each other,
a wonder she had time. She promises that her notes, which can
be accessed at http://www.bach.org, are very colorful.
we recommend the Distinguished Scholar Lecture at 2:00 p.m.
Friday in Packer Chapel. The lecturer is Bach expert Michael
who will speak on “The Spiritual World of Bach’s
The Bach Choir treats Moravian faculty and
students to half-price tickets (even on the already discounted
student tickets). Information:
festival calendar and tickets: www.bach.org.
Good Report Card:
Department passes state review with
Toedter '04 is first ever from Moravian
to win conference men's singles championship.
Degrees of Separation:
another branch of the von Allmen family
-- also in Business and Economics.
2004 Bethlehem Bach Festival features composer-in-residence
Larry Lipkis in four roles.
Conrad wins award from Red Cross.