Music: Hosanna!

One cloudy afternoon last week, twelve men trudged up into the belfry of Lehigh University's ivied Packer Memorial Chapel, uncased shining trombones and lined up before their director. Sharp at 3:30, the first brassy notes of a chorale blared out across the leafy maples and echoed through the nearby streets of steelmaking Bethlehem, Pa. For the thousands on the'campus below, many of them visitors from all over the U.S., the 50th annual Bethlehem Bach Festival had begun.

Inside the chapel, as the last notes of the heralding chorales died away, the 236 members of...

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