Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Come to Cafe Bach for the lighter side of the Baroque

By Lorin Wilkerson

As a member of the board of Portland's Bach Cantata Choir, I'd like to extend a personal invitation to our final event of the season, a fundraiser we call Cafe Bach that will take place at 2pm on Sunday, June 1.

Singing as we do the cantatas of Bach and other baroque composers who seemed to be obsessed with deep and weighty theological mysteries, it's fun to cut loose and present the lighter side of Baroque music. Coffee addiction was considered a serious social ill in early 18th century Germany, and since Bach was known to enjoy a cup or two of joe, the Coffee Cantata was his response to the pressing problem of be-wigged, jittery java junkies clogging the streets of Leipzig, singing rowdy opera at the top of their lungs.

In addition to the Coffee Cantata, members of the BCC and the Cantata Chamber Orchestra will also present Telemann's Der Schulmeister and several other works, including PDQ Bach's madrigal My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth. James and I had the privilege of working with PDQ's biographer Dr. Peter Schickele earlier this year, and I was grateful to be able to thank him in person for exposing me to the horrors of PDQ Bach.

So join us and travel back in time a few centuries to a Leipzig coffee house to enjoy some good coffee, good music and authentic German pastry. If it's been awhile since your last obsttorte or guglhupf, now's your chance, and you will be supporting Portland's own Bach choir, dedicated to the performance of every single known Bach cantata over the next 15 years or so. This is a ticketed event with limited seating capacity, so get your tickets now. Specific information on the location, and the link for online ticket sales can be found at

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