The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra
Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director and Conductor
“An American musical treasure…they sing with a fervor and a level of musicianship that carries one away” (Wall Street Journal).
The Bach Choir tours Mendelssohn’s fiery oratorio Elijah to Strathmore, its first performance in the D.C. area since 1999. Under Greg Funfgeld’s direction, The Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra, joined by the Millersville University Keystone Singers (Collegiate Ensemble), perform Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece that recounts the story of the Biblical prophet with vast and intense drama. Dashon Burton, singing the title role, has been praised in the Wall Street Journal for “his enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable …of raising the dead.” Distinguished soloists also include Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Marietta Simpson, mezzo soprano; and Mark Boyle, tenor. This is a not-to-be-missed performance of one of the most sublime choral works ever written.
Ticket prices $35-$65. Students: $20. Group discounts available.
This concert will run approximately 160 minutes with intermission.
Founded in 1898, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is the oldest Bach Choir in America and gave the first American performance of Bach’s monumental mass in B Minor in 1900. The now-famous Choir has been attracting thousands of visitors from across the United States and beyond to its annual Bethlehem Bach Festival in Pennsylvania. Under Greg Funfgeld’s direction, the 100 dedicated singers performing with the Bach Festival Orchestra and distinguished soloists, have received international acclaim. Venues have included the Herkulessaal at Munich’s Royal Residence and the Thomaskirche, Bach’s church in Leipzig; The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall; the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert; Severance Hall, Cleveland; and Saint Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church Wall Street for a 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11 in New York City. For more information about The Choir visit www.bach.org.
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