Sacramento Baroque Soloists team up with the music department for a fun-filled performance


Kainoa Nunez

David Keller performs with the Sacramento Baroque Soloists on Oct. 9.

A night of music and fun overtook the Recital Hall as the Sacramento Baroque Soloists performed alongside the music department on Oct. 9.

As a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach, a German composer and musician from Baroque times, the group began the concert with Georg Phillip Telemann’s “Concerto à 4,” which was a musical composition that dealt four adagio (slow) and allegro (quick-paced) movements.

The following performance was given by Derek Keller, a Cosumnes River College music professor, who acted as a countertenor (highest male singing voice), called “Widerstehe doch der Sünde,” which translates to “Just resist sin.” It contained two arias (long song with a solo) and a recitative (narrative song).

But the performance that made the biggest impression on the audience was Bach’s “Coffee Cantana,” a satirical tale that revolves around the addiction to coffee.

The story unfolded with daughter and father duo Schlendrian, played by CRC Music Professor Omari Tau and Lieschen, played by Bernadette Mondok, who clumsily made their way through the audience’s seats.

The narrator, who was played by Keller as well, was the waiter whose world is shaken up by the lively daughter and the dull father. Schlendrian was played with enthusiastic animation.

Bernadette Mondok excelled in portraying the highly-addicted coffee drinker who unashamedly asks for money from Tau’s character and playfully flirts with Keller’s character on stage.

The “Coffee Cantana” was a fan-favorite to many including 19-year-old medical major Mia Duenas-Necochea, who thought that the coffee theme of the skit was the best and most relatable part of the performance held by the soloists.

“I really enjoyed it,” Duenas-Necochea said. “My favorite part was definitely the coffee part!”

The quirky performance between all three singers was as harmonious as it was hilarious. Modern changes were made to the comedic opera with references of iPads and dollar bills being thrown around the stage, and the zany change of heart that came from Tau’s character made the conclusion of the thematic tale a success.

Marissa Francis, a 20-year-old business major, enjoyed the amount of expression and fun that was delivered by the performers, especially in regards to Lieschen.

“I thought it was super entertaining and it was funny! I was cracking up at all the facial expressions!” said Francis. “[Lieschen] was hilarious when she was interacting with all the characters.”

Despite it being in a different language, 20-year-old music major Samaria Maynard thought the performance was humorously well-executed.

“I thought it was funny, now that I actually understood what they were saying,” Maynard said. “Once I actually looked at the translation, it’s like ‘Oooh… That’s what they’re saying!’”

The show lasted an hour and 45 minutes, which was enough to give everyone a good jolt to go home with after a feel-good evening at Bach’s Coffeehouse.