Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen Sings Bach

November 3–6 2023

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen

BACH Ich habe genug, Cantata 82
BACH Widerstehe doch der Sünde, Cantata 54
BACH Concerto in C Minor for Oboe and Violin
BIBER Violin Sonata No. 6 in C Minor
SCHMELZER Sonata IV from Sonatae Unarum Fidium
SCHMELZER Sonata for Three Violins

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor
Stephen Hammer, oboe • Tomà Iliev, violin • YuEun Gemma Kim, violin
American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Stephen Hammer


Tomà Iliev


YuEun Gemma Kim

YuEun Gemma

advance discount $39/$56/$77/$101
at the door $44/$61/$82/$106

When & Where

Friday November 3 2023 8:00 p.m.
St. Stephen's Church, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere
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Saturday November 4 2023 7:00 p.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
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Sunday November 5 2023 4:00 p.m.
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
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Monday November 6 2023 7:00 p.m.
Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, Davis
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The program will last approximately 1 hour & 45 minutes including one intermission.

About the Music

Unequivocally one of Bach's most moving and haunting solo cantatas, Ich habe genug ("I have enough") presents a soul who has experienced life's blessings and who, having seen and felt enlightenment, is ready to pass into the next realm, rejoicing in his readiness. The music tugs on our empathy and compassion while, at the same time, gently encourages our own wishes for bliss.

With perhaps the most startling initial chord in any of Bach's compositions, the early cantata Widerstehe doch der Sünde ("Stand steadfast against transgression") is a work of outstanding effects and chromatic harmony. Bach called upon his youthful inspiration and contrapuntal mastery to create a soul-stirring and compelling admonishment to do good.

Perfectly paired with Bach’s cantatas, the program also includes the dynamic Concerto in C Minor for Oboe & Violin and richly sonorous works by German composers Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. 

About the Artist 

"Extravagantly gifted... poised to redefine what’s possible for singers of this distinctive voice type" — San Francisco Chronicle

"A redefining force in the countertenor field" — Limelight

"A rising star... ravishing... otherworldly" — Opera News

"A vocal wonder" — Houston Press

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45 minutes prior to these performances, ticket holders can enjoy a free and informative lecture given by an ABS musician. 


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