Baroque Artists of Shreveport present concert at Centenary March 26

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Baroque Artists of Shreveport will present a concert entitled, “The Perfect Blend,” featuring Bach’s Coffee Cantata and refreshments from Shreveport’s Rhino Coffee. The concert is at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 in Anderson Auditorium at Centenary College’s Hurley School of Music, with a post-concert coffee and doughnut reception in the lobby. The event is free and open to the public.

The Bach Cantata tells the story of an eighteenth-century father who chides his daughter about the evils of drinking coffee and forbids her to marry if she continues her coffee habit.

The concert is a collaboration of local musicians in the Baroque Artists as well as faculty members at Centenary College and Northwestern State University. Vocalists featured will be Centenary College assistant professor Janani Sridhar, soprano; Northwestern assistant professor Adam Philley, bass baritone; and Northwestern student Douglas Flores, tenor.

Doug Bakenhus, professor of music and director of orchestras at Northwestern State, will perform a Vivaldi bassoon concerto. Laura Crawford, Dan Santelices, and Ruth Drummond will be featured in a Vivaldi version of the famous “La Folia” variations by Corelli scored for two violins and cello. Theresa Zale Bridges and Bakenhus will perform a Telemann work for oboe and bassoon. Rounding out the musician group will be Borys Smolaga, viola; Lois Robinson, bass; and Derrick Meador, harpsichord.

For more information, contact Laura Crawford at or Dan Santelices at


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