Mostly Modern: Coffee & Cocoa Cantatas

Thursday, June 17, 2021 to Friday, June 18, 2021

Ticket includes complimentary Saratoga-made coffee & chocolate gift bag!

Mostly Modern Projects and American Modern Ensemble Presents:
J.S Bach’s Coffee Cantata & Robert Paterson’s Cocoa Cantata

AME performs the world premiere production of Cocoa Cantata, music by Robert Paterson and libretto by David Cote, and a contemporary adaptation of J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata by Paterson and Cote, featuring Cree Carrico, soprano, Steven Stull, baritone, and David Neal, bass-baritone.

Cocoa Cantata is paired with J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata (c. 1734). A mini-drama with sparkling roles for soprano, baritone, and bass-baritone, this new work explores power and ethics in the multibillion-dollar chocolate industry, using Bach’s instrumentation. Cocoa Cantata will be delicious to anyone who loves chocolate—or tries to control their craving for it!

Also on the program: a contemporary adaptation of J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata. More than just an English version of the German libretto by Christian Friedrich Henrici, this new work aims for a “fresh-brewed” vision of the father-daughter conflict over java. Cote’s new libretto retains the essential plot: a frustrated father tries to convince his coffee-chugging daughter to forsake the bean. When the father dangles marriage as a bargaining tool, they reach a decaffeinated détente. 

Just as cappuccino and bonbons go together nicely, the new Cocoa Cantata and Coffee Cantata will make for a highly stimulating evening of witty words and beautiful music.



The venue will be following safety protocols including using a socially distant map, patrons will be required to wear masks and no concessions will be open during the event.