Bach Commemorated With Anniversary Concerts

Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Pa., to re-enact its 1900 performance of composer's Mass in B Minor.

The 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach will be marked in many ways over the course of 2000. Two of the more unusual will occur this week in the United States.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Pa., which gave the first American performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor, on March 27, 1900, will commemorate the centennial of that premiere with a repeat performance on that date this year, in the Central Moravian Church, where the event originally took place. The ticket price will be the same as it was a century ago: $1.50.

Meanwhile, on March 31, in Griswold Hall of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, organist Donald Sutherland will repeat a famous recital given by Felix Mendelssohn in Leipzig, in the 19th century, which revived Bach's organ music after nearly a century of neglect.