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, San Francisco Bay Area's only professional Ensemble dedicated solely to the performance of the Cantatas of J.S. Bach, proudly invites you to their Mainstage performance at the 2018 Berkeley Early Music Festival on June 9, featuring the extraordinary soprano, Sherezade Panthaki.

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“ becomes increasingly difficult to find words that will adequately convey the multifold splendor of her singing. It is full-bodied and rich in coloration, yet her phrases move with all the litheness and grace of a dancer…She reaches notes that other singers can only eye with envy, and does so with effortless precision. She tears through the most demanding passagework without batting an eye or missing a beat. Her diction is flawless. She’s a phenomenon, and only getting more marvelous with each passing year.”

- Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

Bach Sung, Bach Played


with Sherezade Panthaki

An opulent setting of vocal and instrumental gems by the Master, featuring the expert string players of , oboist Marc Schachman, organist Avi Stein, and the radiant voice of soprano Sherezade Panthaki. Heard will be sinfonias, arias, dances, and the evergreen Wedding Cantata, BWV 202.

  • Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
  • Marc Schachman, oboe
  • Kati Kyme & Lisa Weiss, violins
  • Anthony Martin, viola
  • William Skeen, cello
  • Kristin Zoernig, bass
  • Avi Stein, harpsichord and organ

“Bach Sung, Bach Played" will be performed at Berkeley's St. Marks Church, 2300 Bancroft Way at 1 PM on June 9, 2018.

Unlike 's series concerts of free Bach cantatas, tickets for this performance must be purchased from BFX.

Click here to purchase tickets!

is looking forward to its Second Season of FREE Bach Cantatas at St. Mary Magdalen beginning in September. Save the dates:

  • September 23, 2018
  • November 25, 2018
  • February 24, 2019
  • March 17, 2019
  • April 28, 2019

Returning will be some of our favorite singers from the inaugural season.

  • Sopranos: Christine Brandes and Tonia D'Amelio
  • Alto: Reginald Mobley
  • Baritones: Paul Max Tipton and Nikolas Nackley

And we welcome the wonderful tenor, Kyle Stegall and look forward to a special collaboration with the Pacific Boychoir.

Complete program details and a list of all soloists will be available on this page early this summer.