About Bach Star Cafe

The Coffee Cantata depicts an eighteenth century “culture war” between social strata, genders, and generations, with coffee drinking as a signifier of rebellion against tradition and power.

The film’s director, Susan Rockefeller, has us rooting for the students as they take performance risks to tell Bach’s humorous story of father/daughter conflict. The result? Score one for opera fans, both old and new.

The Coffee Cantata

Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht,” BWV 211

Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach Libretto movements 1-8 written by Christian Friedrich Henrici, (Picander) Libretto movements 9-10, Anonymous


  • Lawson Daves, baritone
  • Farkhad Abdikadirov – viola, violin
  • Christiana Jamroz, soprano
  • Weronika Balewski, flute
  • Kilian Mooney, tenor
  • Siyu Hu, violin
  • Hayley Murks-Abdikadirov – viola
  • Zachary Stadtmueller, harpsichord
  • Hsin Hou Sun (Richard), cello
  • Simone Trollmo, violin
with The Gracias Choir Female Ensemble | Sungha Jung | David Qualey

Artwork by Karen Eland

Animation by Pamela Jaber

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Special Thanks To

Susan Rockefeller

Director and Co-Producer

Susan Rockefeller is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, artist, and conservationist. Her latest endeavor, Musings is a digital magazine that curates ideas and innovations that pave the way for a more sustainable future. As the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Musings, Susan offers a portal to vetted products and brands that are pioneers in health, environmental, and social consciousness. A longstanding philanthropist, Susan sits on the boards of Oceana, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, We are Family Foundation, Unleashed, Southampton Arts Center, and Land and Garden Preserve. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and is additionally an advisor to Food Systems 6, MADE SAFE, Oceanic Global, and Ohana & Co. In her film work, Susan is a Principal of Louverture films and a member of the Film Committee for the Museum of Modern Art. Her own original films including: Bach Star Café, Food For Thought, Food for Life, Striking a Chord, Making the Crooked Straight, and Mission of Mermaids, have aired on HBO, PBS, and the Discovery Channel.

For more information: www.susanrockefeller.com