Friday | November 10 | 7:30 PM 

Cantata Concert with

Myron Lutzke and Friends

Meet and Greet Reception to follow


First Congregational Church
251 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA


“A Birthday Greeting and Music from the Cantatas”

“Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn’ihn”
Aria for soprano, strings, continuo | BWV 1127
(Birthday gift to Wilhelm Ernst, Duke of Weimar, Bach’s employer, discovered in 2005)

“Non sa che sia dolore”
Sinfonia for flute, strings, continuo | BWV 209
(one of only two surviving Bach secular cantatas written on Italian texts)

Trio Sonata in G Major
for flute, violin, continuo | BWV 1038
Largo, Vivace, Adagio, Presto

“Gottes Engel weichen nie”
Aria for soprano, strings, continuo | BWV 149

“Ich Habe Genug”
Cantata for soprano, flute, strings, continuo (e minor version) | BWV 82a
Aria, Recitativo, Aria, Recitativo, Aria


The Musicians (click for bios):

Sherezade Panthaki, Soprano
Elizabeth Mann, flute
Anca Nicolau, violin
Aaron Brown, violin
Liuh-Wen Ting, viola
Myron Lutzke, cello
Arthur Haas, harpsichord


The Berkshire Bach Society kicks off its 2017-18 season with a winning selection of short cantatas, vocal, and instrumental works by J.S. Bach. Myron Lutzke, long-time cellist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and a favorite of Berkshire Bach audiences, returns to lead his ensemble in performances of the church cantata BWV 82a, “Ich habe genug” (I am content), the secular cantata BWV 209, “Non sa che sia dolore” (He knows not what sorrow is), and other works.  BWV 209 is one of only two surviving Bach secular cantatas written on Italian texts, and rewards listeners with a glimpse of what Bach’s operatic style might have been, had he written in that genre.  Indian-born soprano Sherezade Panthaki and St. Luke’s flautist Elizabeth Mann pair up in the cantatas that Bach appears to have scored specifically to showcase soprano and transverse flute. This programming provides a rare opportunity to hear both pieces in concert, played by distinguished Baroque specialists, in an acoustically warm performance space.  

Equally as compelling, the program features an aria (BWV 1127) by Johann Sebastian Bach, which was only recently discovered –  in 2005 – at the Anna Amalia Library in Weimar. The score in Bach’s own hand dates from October 1713 and represents a setting of an aria with ritornello for soprano, strings, and
basso continuo composed on the occasion of the 52nd birthday of duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar, whom Bach then served as court organist. Noted Bach scholar, Professor Christoph Wolff of Harvard University, describes this piece as “an occasional work in the form of an exquisite and highly refined strophic aria, Bach’s only contribution to a musical genre popular in late 17th-century Germany.”

Berkshire Bach welcomes soprano Sherezade Panthaki, whose international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “astonishing 
coloratura with radiant top notes” (Calgary Herald); “a full, luxuriously toned upper range” (The Los Angeles Times), a vocal color “combining brilliance with a dark, plumlike tone” (The Wall Street Journal), and passionately informed interpretations, “mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines” (The New York Times). An acknowledged star in the early-music field, Ms. Panthaki enjoys ongoing collaborations with many of the world’s leading interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Mark Morris, Matthew Halls, Nicholas Kraemer, Paul Agnew, Lawrence Cummings, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut in a program of Bach and Mendelssohn. Her recent performance with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra was named one of the Top 10 Classical Music Events of the year and described as “a breathtaking combination of expressive ardor, tonal clarity, technical mastery and dramatic vividness” by The San Francisco Chronicle.


TICKETS — In Advance and at the Door:

$30 Open Seating | $25 Berkshire Bach members
$60 Premium Seating | $55 Berkshire Bach members

Premium seats are by Advance Reservation only.

Children and Full-Time Students free with ID