Bach for More
Bethlehems 95th Bach Festival, May 10-11 and 16-18, repeats two popular features: on-line program notes by Carol Traupman-Carr 86, associate professor of music and associate dean of academic affairs; and dinner discussions before the two Friday evening concerts by Larry Lipkis, Bertha-Mae Starner 27 and Jay F. Starner Professor of Music and composer-in-residence.
This is the fourth year of Carols Bach 101, which describes the pieces being performed at the festival and ends with her famous Bach-Gammon quiz. You can find both at the Bach Choirs web site, www.bach.org.
Larry will speak at 6:00 p.m. May 10 and 17 to those with tickets to the concerts of Cantatas & Motets later that evening at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University.
The Bach Choir and Festival both began with John Frederick Wolle, who founded the first Bach choir in the United States here in 1898 and conducted the first American performance of the Mass in B minor at Central Moravian Church in 1900.
Wolle and the choirs third conductor, Ifor Jones, who received an honorary doctorate from Moravian, are enshrined in the portrait gallery on the stairwell of Brethrens House.
Current Moravian members of the Bach Choir and Festival orchestra include artist-lecturers in music Gregory Oaten, tenor; Eduardo Azzatti, bass; Inna Eyzerovich and Linda Kistler, violin; Robin Kani and Linda Ganus, flute; Lawrence Wright, trumpet; and Ronald Demkee, tuba, who directs the Festival Brass Choir that plays from the tower of Packer Memorial Church before performances of the Mass in B minor.
Twofer tickets: The festival is offering Moravian faculty and staff two tickets for the price of one to all its concerts.
We try until we are blue in the face to dispel the myth that the Bach Festival is sold out in advance, said executive director Bridget George. We worry that people give up during the last two weeks and think its not worth calling or even coming to the door! We do have tickets for all festival concerts, and we never turn anyone away.
Call 610 866-4382 and ask for Winnie Erdman, Ext. 10.