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Coffee & Cocoa Cantatas

  • Presented By: Mostly Modern Projects Location: Universal Preservation Hall 25 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
  • Dates: 6/18/2021
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: $30
  • Overview

    Admission: $30.00- Complimentary chocolates & coffee with every ticket purchase!
    Featuring singers Cree Carrico, Steven Stull, David Neal, and American Modern Ensemble
    Cocoa Cantata is a 21st-century response to J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata, one of his secular cantatas, c. 1734. A mini-drama with colorful, comical roles for soprano, baritone, and bass-baritone, this work imitates Bach's instrumentation and explores politics and optics in the multibillion-dollar chocolate industry.
    Two chocolate executives, one from a global brand, the other a boutique chocolatier, square off over a corporate takeover, when a food scientist introduces a scientifically engineered "Total Cacao." One bite of it, and each chocolate executive is transformed.
    Cocoa Cantata runs approximately 22 minutes, incorporating arias for each character, duets, and a final trio. The tone is lightly satirical, with contemporary allusions to fair-trade practices, the chemistry and symbolism of chocolate, and the marketing of pleasure. Cocoa Cantata will be delicious to anyone who loves chocolate—or tries to control their craving for it!

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