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On the CRS Barn Stage - 2622 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Join us in our more intimate outdoor venue for the world premiere of Robert Paterson and David Cote's Cocoa Cantata.

Sunday, June 13, 2021 7:00 pm

Monday, June 14, 2021 7:00 pm

Suggested donation $20 per person - due to changing NYS regulations, and variable weather, tickets will be available at the gate – there will be no advance sales.


Featuring Steven Stull as Bobby Wonder, David Neal, as Snackwright and Cree Carrico as Amara Bliss, with the American Modern Ensemble.

Cocoa Cantata is a response to J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata (c. 1734). A mini-drama with sparkling roles for soprano, baritone, and bass-baritone, the new work explores power and ethics in the multibillion-dollar chocolate industry, using Bach’s instrumentation. Two chocolate executives, one from a global brand, the other a boutique chocolatier, square off over a hostile takeover, when a food scientist introduces a scientifically engineered supercocoa. One bite of it, and each chocolate executive is transformed.

Like the Bach, Cocoa Cantata will run approximately 25 minutes, with soaring arias, spiky duets, and a rousing final trio. The tone is gently 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!

Cocoa Cantata was commissioned by Triphammer Arts Inc. with The Arts at Grace and Society for New Music.


Paterson and Cote will also premiere their contemporary adaptation of J.S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata. More than just an English version of the German libretto by Christian Friedrich Henrici, this new work aims for a “fresh-brewed” vision of the father-daughter conflict over java.

Despite references to SUVs, smartphones, and throuples, Cote’s new libretto retains the essential plot: a frustrated father tries to convince his coffee-chugging daughter to forsake the bean. When the father dangles marriage as a bargaining tool, they reach a decaffeinated détente. 

Paterson’s transcription updates Bach's original Baroque ensemble to a similar, yet more contemporary classical instrumentation, consisting of flute, string quartet, and piano, and with the tenor and baritone roles switched to baritone and bass baritone, respectively. This instrumentation is also used for Cocoa Cantata.

Just as cappuccino and bonbons go together nicely, the new Cocoa Cantata and Coffee Cantata will make for a highly stimulating evening of witty words and beautiful music. 

Additional performances: (admission varies by location)

Tuesday,  June 15, 2021, Rose Hall, 19 Church Street, Cortland, NY

June 17, 18, 2021 - Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs, NY

June 20, 2021 - New York, NY, venue - TBA

May 23, 2021 - 3:00 pm, Society for New Music - special streamed performance

Featuring Steven Stull as Bobby Wonder, David Neal as Snackwright, and Julia Ebner as Amara Bliss, with the Society for New Music Ensemble conducted by Heather Buchman.


Photo: Jon Reis - Steven Stull, David Neal, Cree Carrico (L-R) 

Our season is sponsored by Tompkins County Trust



Tickets will be available at the gate – there will be no advance sales. When you arrive, you will be directed to a socially distanced seating area. A masked attendant will collect your suggested donation of $20 per person, payable by cash or check to Triphammer Arts. If you'd prefer to donate electronically, you can donate through PayPal or on Facebook at any time. The gates open one hour before each performance.

And there's more:

CRS GROWERS FARM STAND – Fresh organic produce will be available for purchase, in the shady area near the outdoor restroom. Also provided: water (free) and sanitizing wipes.

Organic Tomato picture

Succulent organic tomatoes from CRS Growers in 2020



Thank you for observing correct social distancing and/or wearing your mask at the event. We are following NYS Guidelines for "Low-Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment."

This programming is made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. Additional funding comes from  NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program), and our generous donors. To join our supporters, please visit



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photo Dede Hatch

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Triphammer Arts Inc.

CRS Barn Studio, 2622 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850; 607-257-2043

Steven Stull, Executive Director; Jeanne Goddard, President

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