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

Read an Article

Joshua Kosman of the SF Chronicle reviews Ton Koopman's first week of concerts with the San Francisco Symphony:

It's always a tricky business for a modern symphony orchestra, built around repertoire of the 19th century, to play Bach convincingly. Ton Koopman's solution is simple - he brings out the music's big, robust side… once on the podium, Koopman adopts a fierce, athletic take on the music that makes it sound unusually vibrant and arresting. Thursday's program, which included works by J.S. Bach and his son C.P.E. Bach - whose 300th anniversary is being marked this year - was something of a model for bringing the 18th century to life.

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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

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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.

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