Monthly Archives: May 2012

Festival Wrap-Up

The second weekend of the Festival was a grand success!  There were so many highlights to observe: from Suzuki violin students playing a prelude to the Friday evening concert (bathed in the beautiful glow of a stunning sunset), to the … Continue reading

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Festival Update

All is at the ready for the second weekend of the 105th Bethlehem Bach Festival.  Choir and Orchestra members and soloists are hopefully well-rested as we enter a challenging and rewarding schedule of performances.  The weather forecast looks fantastic, and … Continue reading

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Roots of Renewal

One of the endeavors of human cultures, from the beginning, has been to qualify and direct the influence of emotion. The word “affection” and the terms of value that cluster around it—love, care, sympathy, mercy, forbearance, respect, reverence—have histories and … Continue reading

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Festival Media Update

The Morning Call has been quite generous in its coverage of the 105th Bethlehem Bach Festival, and of The Choir, in general.  Steve Siegel has penned two reviews:  one of the Friday afternoon and evening concerts, and of Eliot Fisk’s … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Jane Smudin (Updated, 5/15)

Before our performance of the Mass in B-Minor this afternoon, Greg Funfgeld shared with the audience the tragic news that a longtime friend, guarantor, and member of the Board of Managers, M. Jane Smudin, had died last night after a … Continue reading

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The 105th Bethlehem Bach Festival: Friday Update

  “I feel like I’m in a stained glass window, surrounded by all these beautiful sounds!”  Those were the words of a first-time Festival attendee with whom I had the pleasure of dining tonight.  Hear, hear!  It was a glorious … Continue reading

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Countdown to the Festival: Wednesday Night

We concluded tonight’s rehearsal with a rousing Happy Birthday to our beloved conductor, Greg Funfgeld.  It was the perfect way to cap a vigorous night of rehearsal.  We started with the sinfonia and first choral movement of Cantata No. 4, … Continue reading

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