The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has announced its 2020-2021 concert season – which will be centered on “a most appropriate theme for our world” and one that celebrates the leadership and “illustrious” career of its retiring Artistic Director and Conductor, Greg Funfgeld.
During “A Season of Grace” the choir will demonstrate “indefatigable ‘grace under pressure’” as it plans for virtual performances, pivots to live concerts as soon as it is able, and marks the 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival, the last festival under the leadership of Funfgeld.
This season also marks the final one for Executive Director Bridget George. After 24 years, she is leading the administration of the organization through this time of change and embracing the technology that keeps it connected to its audience.
As it has in the past, Johann Sebastian Bach’s music remains the core of The Bach Choir’s performances, with additional repertoire from both baroque masters and significant 20th century composers, as well as the artistry of special guests at its festival.
Distinguished soloists this year include two artist-in-residence guests for the festival: Paul Taylor Dance Company and Elliot Fisk, guitar.
In addition to the choir’s annual performance of Bach’s “Mass in B Minor,” the 2021 festival will include another monumental work, the “Saint Matthew Passion,” presented in two parts. The season will conclude with the postponed appearance by the choir at the Bachfest in Leipzig, Germany, in June.