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Tues­day’s pro­gram fea­tures pian­ist Eu­gen Al­bulescu, direc­tor of the Le­high Univer­sity Phil­har­monic, as soloist in Mozart’s Sonata in F Ma­jor, KV 332, paired with J.S. Bach’s Can­tata 73, “Herr, wie du Willt, so shicks mit mir” (Lord, as Thou wilt, so send it to me). Mozart’s Pi­ano Sonata No. 12 in F Ma­jor, most likely com­posed for his pi­ano stu­dents in Vi­enna, yet ex­hibit­ing some bril­liant flour­ishes, es­pe­cially in the open­ing allegro. An in­ter­est­ing fea­ture of the ada­gio is its or­na­men­ta­tion pro­vided by Mozart him­self, pro­vid­ing a valu­able clue as how he ex­pected his slower move­ments to be em­bel­lished.

Bach’s Can­tata 73 was the first can­tata he wrote for the third Sun­day in Epiphany, early in 1724 in Leipzig. It is note­wor­thy on sev­eral fronts. The text draws on the Gospel read­ing for the day (Matthew 8: 1-13), which tells the story of Je­sus heal­ing the leper — the leper here used as a sym­bol of mankind’s frailty. In many ways, it is one of the most orig­i­nal can­tatas from this pe­riod of Bach’s work, with a unique struc­ture. Two of the fea­tures par­tic­u­larly worth not­ing re­volve around the open­ing move­ment, which has an al­most un­prece­dented 29 lines of text, and the sec­ond aria, which is struc­tured around three self-con­tained stan­zas.

As al­ways, Bach Choir con­duc­tor and artis­tic direc­tor Greg Fun­fgeld will present an in­for­ma­tive in­tro­duc­tion to each piece.

The Bach at Noon pro­grams in Beth­le­hem are pre­sented on the sec­ond Tues­day of the month in Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber, Novem­ber, Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary, March and April.

Bach at Noon, 12:10 p.m. Tues­day, Sept. 10, Cen­tral Mo­ra­vian Church, 73 W. Church St., Beth­le­hem. Ad­mis­sion: free; free-will of­fer­ing. 610-866-4382,

Al­len­town Band: Bert Meyers Trib­ute

The Al­len­town Band’s an­nual trib­ute to Albertus Meyers, coro­net soloist with the Sousa Band who re­turned to con­duct the Al­len­town band from 1926 to 1976, takes place Sun­day, Sept. 8 in Al­len­town’s West Park. This will be the

39th year the band has paid trib­ute to Meyers by play­ing some of his fa­vorite tunes ev­ery Septem­ber on the Sun­day clos­est to his birth­day.

As in pre­vi­ous years, the pro­gram should be a real treat for Sousa lovers. While not quite the “Sousa Palooza” of last year, there will be Sousa aplenty, in­clud­ing such fa­vorites as the “El Cap­i­tan Waltzes” and the “El Cap­i­tan March,” “With Plea­sure,” and much more.

Other high­lights in­clude mu­sic from “Mary Pop­pins” by the Amer­i­can song­writ­ing duo the Sher­man Broth­ers, and from Jose Padilla’s “El Reli­cario,” one of the most fa­mous and best-loved paso dobles ever writ­ten, as well as from the opera ballo “Il Guarany” (The Guarany) by An­tônio Car­los Gomes.

Al­len­town Band as­sis­tant con­duc­tor Don­ald Al­bright con­ducts.

Al­len­town Band, 3 p.m. Sun­day, Sept. 8, West Park, be­tween West Lin­den and West Turner streets, and North 15th and North West streets.Ad­mis­sion: free. Rain Site: Le­high Val­ley Ac­tive Liv­ing, 1633 Elm St., Al­len­town.

Steve Siegel is a con­tribut­ing writer.

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