The Dancing Master; Solo Soprano Cantatas of J.S. Bach, and French Dance of the 18th Century
St. Clement’s Episcopal Church
2837 Claremont Blvd. (near Ashby)
Berkeley, CA. 94705
Sunday, June 10th, 2018, at 1:00pm
On the closing day of Berkeley Festival Fringe, Nash Baroque and guest soprano, Jennifer Paulino, will explore with period dance troupe, the San Francisco Renaissance Dancers, influences of 18th century French dance forms on the music of J.S. Bach. The solo cantatas of Bach are a particularly rich trove in which to find French dance forms and new connections will be sought between selected soprano arias and dances that Bach would have known. Audiences will be transported to a time when this collaboration between music and dance flourished, illustrating what composers and dancing masters of the baroque era thought to be a perfect harmony of artistic expression. In a more contemplative mood, the program will also include the sublime cantata for solo soprano, "Ich Habe Genug" BWV82a.