“It was a stunning performance … Mr. Thomas’ deep knowledge of the work gave him the ability to draw both subtleties and the rich sonorities to bring out the sheer majesty of Monteverdi … The large audience was transfixed.”
Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine
Gabrieli: In ecclesiis & Magnificat à 14
Like the most treasured works of art and spectacular architectural wonders, a handful of musical masterworks of the Baroque have taken their places in the hearts of music lovers for all time. Our 29th subscription season continues with Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (also known as the “Vespers of 1610”), a monumental work that displays its composer’s brilliant assimilation of styles—old and new, sacred and secular—and his masterful command of a wide palette of musical structures including psalm settings, sacred concertos, hymns, motets, and sonatas, all bound together by Gregorian chant. Last performed by ABS in 2010, audiences can expect the American Bach Soloists and the American Bach Choir to deliver an extraordinary performance of this splendid music from the Venetian school.
Friday April 6 2018 8:00 pm
St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere
Saturday April 7 2018 8:00 pm
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday April 8 2018 4:00 pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Monday April 9 2018 7:00 pm
Davis Community Church, Davis
Pre-concert “Insights” begin one hour prior to each performance.
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.
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