Friday March 22, 2019
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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Edmund Connolly and Maxine Thevenot are joined by special guests Tjett Gerdom and Arwen Myers, for two of Bach's secular cantatas to celebrate his 334th birthday: The Coffee Cantata and The Peasant Cantata.
Cathedral of St. John musicians, Edmund Connolly, baritone, and Maxine Thevenot, director and continuo, will be joined by special guests, tenor Tjett Gerdom and Portland-based superstar soprano Arwen Myers, to perform two of Johann Sebastian Bach's secular cantatas in celebration of Bach's 334th birthday: The Coffee Cantata and The Peasant Cantata.
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 on whom Dieskau will be having the most effect. 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 tells of a young woman’s 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 Leipzig. 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