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, www.bach.org
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.