Department of Music

Chamber Music Season Closes with Baroque Concert

Virginia Tech Department of Music presents a University Chamber Music Concert, ?Bach an?All?, at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2005 at the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. Following the concert, the audience is invited to attend a reception courtesy of Starbucks Coffee in the church fellowship hall.

The concert begins and ends with the work of J.S. Bach. The selections present a combination of musical innovation and masterful story telling. In ?Concerto? in D minor, Bach incorporates the use of obbligato organ parts, which has consistently intrigued musicologists. Combined with the standard figure bass accompaniment, the organ sounds like a string or woodwind instrument. This revolutionary use of the organ part may be a larger trend in the development of Bach?s composition experience.

The closing piece, the Coffee Cantata is one of fifty secular cantatas by Bach. This mini-drama, as close to opera as Bach ever wrote, involves three characters: a narrator, a domineering father, Schlendrian, and his daughter, Lieschen. Schlendrian is greatly displeased with his daughter's addiction to coffee. After substantial bargaining and banter, Lieschen eventually promises to give up coffee if her father will find her a husband. As her father quickly embarks on a search for a son-in-law, Lieschen proclaims that she will only marry if her husband-to-be is willing to include in the marriage contract a clause allowing her to have coffee whenever she pleases. The presented works by J.S. Bach bookend several musical selections of Vivaldi, Handel, and Telemann.

Tickets are available in advance by calling the UUSA Ticket Office at (540) 231-5615 or online at For more information on the performance, please contact School of the Arts at (540) 231-5200.