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Bach Choir sets auditions for Zimmerman’s Coffee House

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Since its debut at the 2015 Bethlehem Bach Festival, Zimmermann’s Coffee House has been showcasing some of the most outstanding young musicians in the community.

The casual evening is the Bach Choir’s 21st century version of Zimmermann’s Coffee House, which Bach attended during his time in Leipzig. It’s held café style in Peter Hall of Moravian College with its famous 19th century stained-glass windows and “beautiful acoustics.”

Patrons dine on German-themed food and drink as they listen to Baroque chamber music performed by young musicians. Appearances by conductor Greg Funfgeld and friends – including Bach Festival soloists – add to the festivities.

The Coffee House will be part of the 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival in May. Auditions for college and high school students will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 21, at The Bach Choir offices, 440 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem.

Auditions are open to individuals and ensembles who play or sing Baroque music, and live or study in PMEA District 10. The judges are Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem artistic director and conductor; Larry Lipkis, professor of music and composer-in-residence at Moravian College; and Eugene Albulescu, associate professor of music at Lehigh University and director of the Lehigh University Philharmonic. Final auditions/dress rehearsal will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25, at Peter Hall at Moravian College.

Eligibility requirements can be found at bach.org. To schedule an audition, students should contact Crista Pinkston at 610-866-4382 x110 or cristas@bach.org. Teacher recommendations should be sent to Bridget George at bridget@bach.org.

Performances will be 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays May 9 and 16, at Peter Hall, Moravian College, Bethlehem.


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