featuring katharine dain, soprano; matthew anderson, tenor; and ricardo rivera, baritone
July 25th at 7:30 pm at the Sugar Hill Meeting House
July 26th at 4 pm at the Mountain View Grand Resort
Many of us know Bach as the deeply spiritual church musician who said: "The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul."
Bach had a secular side too, however, which was housed at 14 Katharinenstrasse, in a Coffeehouse owned by Gottfried Zimmerman. Zimmerman was a great lover of music, and allowed his cafe to host the Collegium Musicum of Leipzig, whose illustrious lineage of music directors included both Telemann and Bach (from 1729 to 1739).
As coffee was considered a drug-like vice, it was a bit licentious if not taboo to spend time there. Women were barred from the cafe except for concerts. Bach was a great lover and defender of coffee though, and in turn, wrote the hilarious and endlessly clever Coffee Cantata for his favorite libation.
For Inside Bach's Coffeehouse, we will recreate Zimmerman's, complete with sweets, the dangerous brew itself, and a program of gorgeous instrumental and vocal works like the ones Bach's audiences may have heard so many years ago.
Bach: Cantata BWV 209 "The Italian"
Telemann: Grillen Symphonie
Bach: Coffee Cantata