Classical Music

Ars Lyrica Presents ‘Bach & Sons: At the Café’

Addicted to coffee? Yeah, it was a problem in Bach’s day too as his famous Coffee Cantata shows!


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Zimmermann’s Coffee House, Leipzig, 1700s
Zimmermann’s Coffee House, Leipzig, 1700s. Public domain.

Friday at the Hobby Center, Ars Lyrica begins a season-long tribute to the mighty Bach clan with Bach & Sons: At the Café, a program that features music by Carl Phillipp Emanuel, Johann Christoph Friedrich, and patriarch Johann Sebastian Bach.

Soprano Lauren Snouffer, tenor Zachary Averyt and baritone Mark Diamond are the soloists in J.S. Bach’s well-known Coffee Cantata, in which a father attempts to tackle the problem of his daughter’s fondness for the stimulating drink, and mezzo-soprano Sarah Mesko sings the lone role in J.C.F. Bach’s solo cantata Die Amerikanerin.

The performance is Friday, November 14, 7:30PM, in the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall downtown.

Ars Lyrica artistic director Matthew Dirst talks to Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the ensemble’s trip to the Bach & Sons coffee shop.