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Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The second weekend of the 106th Bethlehem Bach Festival is May 10, 11, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Greg Funfgeld, artistic director, conducts the 100 volunteer singers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra.

Internationally-acclaimed soloists for this year's Festival are Kendra Colton, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Christòpheren Nomura, bass; William Sharp, baritone; and Daniel Taylor, countertenor.

The Festival Brass Choir, directed by Ron Demkee, plays chorales before both parts of the "The Mass in B Minor" Saturdays on the lawn above Packer Church. Suzuki violin students, directed by Nancy Terlaak Poot, entertain the Festival audience before Friday evening concerts on the lawn above Packer Church.

Bach Festival schedule:

May 10

2 p.m., Distinguished Scholar Lecture, Dr. Michael Marissen, professor of music at Swathmore College, Black Box Theatre, Zoellner Arts Center

4 p.m., Packer Memorial Church, Bach Cantata 71 "Gott ist mein König," Cantata 180 "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele"; Beethoven "Choral Fantasy" for chorus, orchestra, and piano solo, Op.80

5:30 p.m., Asa Packer Room, University Center, buffet dinner, informal talk, Dr. Larry Lipkis, professor of music and composer in residence, Moravian College

8 p.m., Packer Memorial Church, Bach Cantata 119 "Preise Jerusalem, den Herrn"; Lauridsen "Lux Aeterna"; Bach Cantata 1, "Wie Schön leauchtet der Morgenstern"

May 11

10:30 a.m., Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Rioult Dance, Bach Festival Orchestra, "Views of the Fleeting World," to seven movements of Bach's "Art of Fugue"; "City," to "Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 6 in G Major"; "Celestial Tides" to "Brandenburg Concerto No. 6"

12:30 p.m., Festival picnic lunch, tent adjacent to Zoellner Arts Center

2:30 p.m., Packer Memorial Church, "The Mass in B Minor (Part 1)"

4:30 p.m. "The Mass in B Minor (Part 2)"

Ticket information:, 610-866-4382