, San Francisco Bay Area's only professional Ensemble dedicated solely to the performance of the Cantatas of J.S. Bach, faces the same uncertainties confronting all performing organizations as it prepares for its 4th season of FREE Bach concerts. Sadly the concerts that were planned for Fall 2020 will not take place, but the hope is for a season beginning in January 2021 featuring many of the wonderful soloists that have appeared with the group in previous years. 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.
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.
The two concerts that were canceled last Spring have been rescheduled for 2021. The debut of the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir directed by Eric Tuan, with soloists Michael Jankosky and Simon Barrad will now take place on February 27 & 28, 2021 in Palo Alto and Berkeley. And the performance of what is surely a contender for a spot on any list of Bach's Greatest Hits, BWV 140 Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme has been rescheduled for May 15 &16, 2021. The highly anticipated collaboration with Nicholas McGegan in the B Minor Mass which was to headline and open the 2020 Berkeley Early Music Festival will have to wait until the Festival's plans for the future become clear.
Conditions permitting, the Season will open on January 9 &10, 2021 with the incomparable Reginald Mobley returning to sing the monumental cantata for solo alto, BWV 35 Geist und Seele wird verwirret. A special performance is planned on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 in the group's Berkeley home, St. Mary Magdalen Church, repertoire TBD. Appearing throughout the season will be many of the singers that have made the Ensemble's concerts so memorable. welcomes back familiar stars Christine Brandes, Sherezade Panthaki, Brian Thorsett, Kyle Stegall, and Paul Max Tipton. Making their debuts will be Sara Couden and Jennifer Paulino, and the group's wonderful Bay Area colleagues Tonia D'Amelio, Heidi Waterman, David Kurtenbach, Ben Kazeez, and Nikolas Nackley will also return. A complete roster and list of Cantatas will be announced later in the Fall.