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The Bach Choir of Bethlehem to perform its 2023 Christmas Concerts


The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will present its annual Christmas Concerts, both in person and virtually.

Live performances will take place in Allentown Dec. 9 and Bethlehem Dec. 10. The live-streamed concert may be viewed when it premieres and through December by all ticketed patrons.

The joyful “Magnificat” and the festive “Cantata 6” – packed with brass fanfare – are the ultimate combination for Christmas-time celebration, according to the choir. Both written in 1723, these masterpieces are in turn devout, playful, ebullient, and full of infectious and rhapsodic joy. The music resonates through centuries, bringing listeners together in shared history and vibrant musical traditions.

Conductor Dr. Christopher Jackson noted, “This season, our Christmas concert pulses with joy, echoing through the notes of Bach’s legendary ‘Magnificat’ and the festive cantata ‘Christen ätzet diesen Tag,’ which resonates even more powerfully as we mark its 300th anniversary. And as we cap off the evening with our cherished carol-singing tradition, be prepared for a fresh note – a brand new carol that we will breathe life into for the very first time, together. Such is the spirit of collaboration and unity that we carry with us, echoing through the entire season.”

Soloists at this year’s performances include: Molly Quinn, soprano; Nola Richardson, soprano; Luthien Brackett, alto; Dann Coakwell; and tenor Edmund Milly, bass.

In person tickets are $45 for adults and $9 for students. Livestream tickets are $25. Concerts are at First Presbyterian Church Allentown, Cedar Crest and Tilghman Streets, Allentown, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and First Presbyterian Church Bethlehem, 2344 Center St., Bethlehem, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. The Sunday concert will also be livestreamed. For ticket information, visit or call 610-866-4382 x115 or x110.

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