January 5, 2018
William Sharp featured in new edition of Telemann concerto

Some months ago, Bach Choir of Bethlehem music director Greg Funfgeld thought it would be fun to program Telemann’s Concerto for 3 Oboes, 3 Violins and Continuo for an upcoming concert. It’s a jaunty, charming example of Telemann’s Italianate works for a chamber ensemble.

“We got all excited, then a month passed, and I asked Greg whether we really were going to do it,” says oboist Nobuo Kitagawa, a member of the Bach Festival Orchestra. “He said, well, we weren’t, because he couldn’t get hold of an available score. I was disappointed at first, but decided to poke around and see what I could come up with.”

Kitagawa found his own edition of the score, which will be performed at the Bach Choir’s first Bach at Noon program of the year on Tuesday at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem. Joining Kitagawa are oboists Mary Watt and Lynne Cohen, along with violinists Elizabeth Field, Mary Ogletree and Linda Kistler.

The choral work on the program is J.S. Bach’s Cantata 97, “In aller meinen Taten,” with Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; Laura Atkinson, alto; Charles Blandy, tenor, and William Sharp, bass. Other Bach Festival Orchestra members playing both pieces include Evelyn Jacobs Luise, viola; Loretta O'Sullivan, cello; Stephen Groat, bass; Chuck Holderman, bassoon; and Thomas Goeman, harpsichord and organ.

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