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 the Founder and CEO of Protect What is Precious a company that uses the power of documentary filmmaking, photography storytelling and design to inspire awareness and mobilize action across a wide range of environmental, social and philanthropic groups. Susan’s films have explored a range of contemporary issues, often using both real life heroes and those of myths to confront issues such as ocean acidification and the future of ocean health, PTSD and the use of music to heal, the confluence of race, poverty and illness, global food sustainability. Her films, including titles such as Food For Thought, Food For Life, Striking a Chord, Making the Crooked Straight, Running Madness, Take Time, and Mission of Mermaids have aired on HBO, PBS, and the Discovery Channel.

For more information: www.protectwhatisprecious.com