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By Steve Siegel, Special to The Morning Call

6:05 p.m. EDT, September 29, 2012

In 1962 the Swingle Singers, a mostly a cappella vocal group based in Paris, set the music world on its ear with their jazzed-up, be-bop arrangements of Bach's instrumental works. The members were young, sexy and supremely talented.

Now, 50 years later, after a number of incarnations, name changes, ever-broadening repertoire and relocation to London, the Swingle Sisters remains young, sexy, and supremely talented.

On Oct. 6, the group will swing onto the stage of Zoellner Arts Center for the Bach Choir of Bethlehem's fifth annual gala concert. The seven vocalists will present a program ranging from Bach to the Beatles to Beyoncé and beyond.

A highlight will be the debut of the winner of the choir's first "Bach-Appella" competition for high school and college a cappella ensembles. Emmaus High School's Fermata Nowhere, directed by Rita Cortez, will sing Van Morrison's "Moondance" in the second half

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