, San Francisco Bay Area’s only professional Ensemble dedicated solely to the performance of the Cantatas of J.S. Bach, proudly announces its 3rd season of FREE Bach Concerts on Sunday afternoons at 5PM in the intimate St. Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley.

Comprised of some of the community’s most respected and beloved musicians, supported by an enthusiastic Board of Directors, and endorsed by an illustrious Advisory Board, has created a magical community of listeners who share in this traversal of musical treasures. The 3rd Season includes 5 full SATB programs of cantatas, featuring 18 world class soloists and the stunning Ancora Piedmont Girls Choir.

FREE to the public, thanks to grants from The Chicago Community Trust, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Foundation, the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, the Richard M. and Susan L. Kaplan Philanthropic Fund, the KAVAH Fund, and generous individual support, presents these iconic works as the equivalent of a World Heritage Site, a collection of masterworks belonging to all people.

Due to the unprecedented success of our Berkeley concerts expands to Palo Alto in 2019-20, with the November and May programs being offered at the beautiful All Saints Episcopal Church. We invite all listeners to experience the cantatas in their “natural habitat”: the live dimensions of sound and time.

Collage of Program 10 performers

September 29, 2019

5pm @ St. Mary Magdalen Church, Berkeley

BWV 61 and BWV 131

  • Christine Brandes, soprano
  • Dan Cromeenes, alto
  • Brian Thorsett, tenor
  • Nikolas Nackley, bass
Collage of Program 11 performers

November 2, 2019

7pm @ All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto

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November 3, 2019

5pm @ St. Mary Magdalen Church, Berkeley

BWV 55 and BWV 22

  • Morgan Balfour, soprano
  • Paul Flight, alto
  • Kyle Stegall, tenor
  • Ben Kazez, bass
Collage of Program 11 performers
Collage of Program 10 performers

December 1, 2019

5pm @ St. Mary Magdalen Church, Berkeley

BWV 93 and BWV 85

  • Tonia D'Amelio, soprano
  • Heidi Waterman, alto
  • Derek Chester, tenor
  • Harrison Hintzsche, bass
Collage of Program 13 performers

March 22, 2020

5pm @ St. Mary Magdalen Church, Berkeley

BWV 95 and BWV 139

  • Piedmont East Bay Girls Choir,
  • Eric Tuan, Artistic Director
  • Michael Jankosky, tenor
  • Simon Barrad, bass
Collage of Program 13 performers
Collage of Program 10 performers

May 23, 2020

7pm @ All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto

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May 24, 2020

5pm @ St. Mary Magdalen Church, Berkeley

BWV 105 and BWV 140

  • Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
  • Robin Bier, alto
  • David Kurtenbach, tenor
  • Paul Max Tipton, bass