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Press Articles/Reviews:
"Second 'Dancing with Bach' High-stepping into Zoellner
"Loosen up and Dance with Bach"
"Dancing with Bach Part 2' Includes Audience in One Big, Happy Family
"Dance Along with Bach at Choir's Annual Family Concert"

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DANCING WITH BACH
by Bridget George

A small boy in the audience at The Bach Choir’s Annual Family Concert on February 10, 2002 ventured on to the stage at Zoellner Arts Center and offered his hand to choreographer Barbara Pearson, joining her in the opening steps of a graceful minuet. He became the focal point of the exuberance and glee that filled the hall as Greg Funfgeld led the Bach Festival Orchestra in two movements from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, accompanied by eight young dancers from the Lehigh Valley’s Repertory Dance Theater. The small boy, who seemed to Barbara at this moment like “the littlest angel.” was one of more than a dozen children who volunteered to join the dancers on stage after watching their elegant presentation of the Minuet and the sprightly Badinerie. Dressed in gorgeous period costumes designed by Mildred Greene, the dancers became teachers of the minuet together with Barbara. Once again, we were witnessing the widening circle of joyful and illuminating encounters with Bach that Greg has cultivated through nine years of the Bach to School program and three Family Concerts, each with a different theme.

The theme of this year’s concert was “Dancing with Bach.” Three groups of dancers from Repertory Dance Theater increased our wonder and

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understanding as they helped us “see” the music. The centerpiece of the program was a classical ballet danced by five senior company members of the Repertory Dance Theatre to the “Cum Sancto Spiritu” from Bach’s Mass in B Minor performed by the entire Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra.

After Greg helped us listen to the music, explaining its structure in simple terms that audience members of all ages could understand, we were transported by Barbara’s choreography, which captured so beautifully the reverence and ecstasy of the music. Finally, Emily Farrell and Jeremy Lemme treated us to an exquisite pas de deux, while a semi-chorus from The Choir sang the duet “Mein Freund ist Mein” from Cantata 140.

When the audience in a sold-out house rose to join in the final chorale from Cantata 137 with more young volunteers “helping” Greg conduct, the question in our minds was, “How can we top this next year?”
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