Coffee Concerts

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Cathedral Musicians, Edmund Connolly and Maxine Thevenot along with special guests, tenor, Tjett Gerdom and Portland based superstar soprano, Arwen Myers will perform two of Johann S. Bach's secular cantatas to help celebrate Bach's 334th Birthday--The Coffee Cantata and The...

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Cathedral Musicians, Edmund Connolly and Maxine Thevenot along with special guests, tenor, Tjett Gerdom and Portland based superstar soprano, Arwen Myers will perform two of Johann S. Bach’s secular cantatas to help celebrate Bach’s 334th Birthday–The Coffee Cantata and The Peasant Cantata, March 22-23-24. Bach didn’t write any operas, instead he wrote cantatas (20 minute works that were musical commentaries or narratives accompanied by a chamber orchestra).

The Peasant Cantata was written in 1742 for Carl Heinrich von Dieskau, a tax superintendent who had inherited a number of properties, hence all the jokes about taxes and the fact that the two characters are the peasants that Dieskau will be having the most effect on. Bach called the piece a “Cantate burlesque” (Burlesque Cantata) and it was presented to Dieskau on his 36th birthday.

The Coffee Cantata composed between 1732 and 1735 is a miniature comic opera, which amusingly tells of an addiction to coffee. Bach regularly directed a musical ensemble based at Zimmermann’s coffee house called a collegium musicum. This relaxed event is modeled after Zimmermann’s Kaffeehaus of Bach’s time in Liepzig. We will have BREVê, a locally owned and operated coffee and crêpes shop, on hand in Kaseman Hall before and after the concert. Concert tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at www.fcmabq.org

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:00pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Noon
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 3:00pm

Coffee and Crêpes will be available for purchase before and after each show.

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