Susan Rockefeller’s new film, Bach Star Café, follows a group of college students as they learn and perform Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” around Boston. From nursing homes to coffeehouses, they delight audiences with the modern take on Bach’s irreverent and timeless cantata, and show that classical music – and even opera – can be engaging, humorous and lots of fun.
This delightful film gives a wonderful peak into the process of staging an operatic piece, and the logistics of bringing an ensemble (with harpsichord!) into untraditional venues. Audiences will be inspired to revisit classical music, and see what a forward thinking rock star Bach was in his time.
Produced in association with Longy School of Music of Bard College.