Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra

It was only in 1941 when the orchestra began to be listed in the program book for the annual Bethlehem Bach Festival, so it is not clear regarding the years Tabuteau played before that time. But we do know that he performed for six years in May–from 1941 to 1945 and in 1947. Sometimes he was given solo billing and other times not. Nevertheless, the Bach repertoire he played consistently included prominent solos which he ‘dispatched’ with great artistry. Below are the programs where Tabuteau is listed provided courtesy of Mary Dawson, Archivist of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.


Cantata: Ich habe genug, BWV 21

Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

May 16, 17, 1941

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Christmas Oratorio Part IV, BWV 248

Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

May 15, 16, 1942

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Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, BWV 1047

Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

May 14, 15, 1943

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Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

May 19, 20, 1944

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Christmas Oratorio Part IV, BWV 248

Easter Oratorio: Sinfonia, BWV 249

The Musical Offering, BWV 1079

John Passion, BWV 245

Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

May 18, 19, 1945

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Cantata: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140

Orchestra Suite No. 1, BWV 1066

Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

May 16, 17, 1947

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