Two Brandenburgs &
The Hunt Cantata

October 19 – 22 2018 

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd, BWV 208“Hunting Cantata”

Off to the Hunt! The opening concerts of the 30th All-Bach Season will feature the sonorous corno da caccia or “hunting horn” in two works that reveal Bach’s playful dispositions while employed in Weimar and Cöthen. The joyful “Hunting Cantata,” Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd! (“What pleases me is the lively hunt!”) is Bach’s earliest surviving secular cantata, composed for the 31st birthday of Duke Christian of Saxe-Weissenfels whose wise governance and adept hunting skills are allegorically praised in song. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major brings the Baroque horn to the foreground in some of Bach’s most robust instrumental music, and the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major for three groups of string instruments matches violins, violas, and ‘cellos in a rally of friendly competition, a tour de force volley of virtuosity.

Friday October 19 2018 8:00 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere

Saturday October 20 2018 8:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Sunday October 21 2018 4:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco

Monday October 22 2018 7:00 p.m.
Davis Community Church, Davis

Pre-concert “Insights” begin one hour prior to each performance.

Concert length: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Helene Brunet

Hélène Brunet

Katelyn Bosworth

Julie Bosworth

Derek Chester

Derek Chester

Mischa Bouvier

Mischa Bouvier


Free Pre-Concert "Insights"


One hour prior to our performances in February through May 2017, enjoy a free and informative lecture given by musicologist and conductor Victor Gavenda, an accomplished scholar who will share his insights about the music, the composers, and the experience of hearing great music from the Baroque era performed to the highest standards.