Bach—For the Spirit

Ton Koopman’s second Bach survey highlights complementary facets of the master’s sacred and secular music. The concert opens with a festive cantata and concludes with the earliest settings of the Kyrie and Gloria. Both would later achieve immortality in one of Bach’s grandest accomplishments, the Mass in B Minor, a showcase for the SFS chorus during their 40th anniversary celebration.


Ton Koopman


Teresa Wakim


Bogna Bartosz


Tilman Lichdi


Klaus Mertens


San Francisco Symphony Chorus

San Francisco Symphony


J.S. Bach

Cantata No. 207a, Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten

J.S. Bach

Missa brevis (Kyrie and Gloria from Mass in B minor)

Concert: Approx. 1h 45m, includes intermission.

Watch a Video

Ton Koopman discusses J.S. Bach in Leipzig, Germany, and the Cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (God's time is the very best time), BWV 106:

Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir and Klaus Mertens perform Bach's Cantata BWV 56:

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  1. Thu, May 8, 2014 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall

  2. Fri, May 9, 2014 at 6:30pm

    Davies Symphony Hall

  3. Sat, May 10, 2014 at 8:00pm

    Davies Symphony Hall

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Pre- and post-show Events

Inside Music, an informative talk with Laura Stanfield Prichard, begins one hour prior to rehearsal and concerts. Free to ticketholders.