Tallahassee Bach Parley Presents "Cantatas, Cellos and Coffee"
The Tallahassee Bach Parley concludes their season with a concert that features cantatas, cellos, and yes, coffee. The concert will be held 3 PM Sunday June 5, at St. John's Episcopal Church. The Bach Parley ensemble uses period instruments that recreate the way Baroque music sounded when it was composed and played hundreds of years ago in similar settings to make the experience historically authentic.
"Parley" means discussion in French, so in keeping with the Bach Parley name, music director Valerie Arsenault will offer commentary before each piece to help the audience to understand what to listen for in the music, which is especially nice for listeners new to Baroque music.
On this concert, The Bach Parley will perform two cantatas by J. S. Bach, BWV 196 and BWV 211, the "Coffee Cantata." The first piece on the program, BWV 196, "The Lord thinks of us," is a wedding cantata. The first performance of this piece is thought to be June 5, 1708, so the Bach Parley's performance will be on the 303rd anniversary of this piece. Appropriately, husband and wife Tucker and Mary Biddlecombe, along with Lizabeth Malanga and Wesley Brax will sing. Next, another husband and wife team, Evan and Kim Jones, will perform a Handel sonata for two cellos. The final piece on the program, the "Coffee Cantata," is a secular cantata that is really a short comic opera about a father's worry over his daughter's addiction to coffee. The "Coffee Cantata" was first performed at Zimmerman's Coffee House in Leipzig, Germany.
After the concert, the Tallahassee Bach Parley will hold their annual membership reception, complete with food and dessert and yes, coffee! Everyone is welcome to become a member or renew their membership and enjoy conversation, "parley," with the musicians and fellow members.
A donation of $5 is suggested for Tallahassee Bach Parley concerts and free childcare is available. For additional information about the Tallahassee Bach Parley, visit www.tallahasseebachparley.org.