CANTATA COLLECTIVE, with Sherezade Panthaki, Soprano

Bach Sung, Bach Played

Cantata Collective

June 9, 2018 – 1:00pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way

Buy Tickets: $45/38
$15 *students under age 30 with ID
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An opulent setting of vocal and instrumental gems by the Master, featuring the expert string players of Cantata Collective, oboist Marc Schachman, organist Avi Stein, and the radiant voice of soprano Sherezade Panthaki. Heard will be sinfonias, arias, dances, and the evergreen Wedding Cantata, BWV 202.

Cantata Collective, San Francisco Bay Area’s only professional Ensemble dedicated solely to the performance of the Cantatas of J.S. Bach, proudly invites you to their inaugural season.

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, Cantata Collective begins a traversal of these musical treasures in performances at Berkeley’s St. Mary Magdalen Church on Sunday afternoons.

FREE to the public, thanks to contributions from individuals like you, Cantata Collective presents these iconic works as the equivalent of a World Heritage Site, a collection of masterworks belonging to all people. Donate today to help insure the continuation of this important series.

Together with an array of internationally recognized guest artists, Cantata Collective invites all listeners to experience the cantatas in their “natural habitat”: the live dimensions of sound and time.

Sherezade-Panthaki-Headshot-2014Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer); a “radiant” voice (The Washington Post); and vividly passionate 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 has ongoing collaborations with leading early music interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Simon Carrington, the late John Scott, Matthew Halls, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut.

Highlights of her past and current seasons include Messiah with Bach Collegium Japan, the National Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, and the Nashville and San Antonio Symphonies; Saul with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and Galatea in Acis and Galatea with the Mark Morris Dance Group; Solomon with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie; Handel at Carnegie Hall with William Christie; Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate and Requiem, with the Washington Bach Consort; and St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, and Brahms Requiem with St. Thomas Fifth Avenue.

Ms. Panthaki’s repertoire extends well beyond the music of the Renaissance and Baroque to Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise and Strauss lieder at the Bari International Music Festival, Britten’s War Requiem with Louisville Choral Arts Society, as well as solos in Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Gloria.

Ms. Panthaki holds an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.

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