Tickets for 6th Annual ABS Festival & Academy now on Sale

2015 Festival DatesTickets for the 6th annual American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy are now on sale. The theme for the 2015 Festival, August 7-16, is Versailles & The Parisian Baroque, and it will feature concerts, lectures, and colloquia that celebrate Bach’s French contemporaries and the splendid music of the extravagant court at Versailles.

The Festival opens with a two-part program celebrating Versailles & The Parisian Baroque, August 7-8. For Part I, Director Jeffrey Thomas leads ABS In a trio of stunning orchestral works by three French Masters. The high-minded musical ideals and splendor of the era are fully evident in Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Ouverture & Suite of dances from his opera Naïs. Here beauty and grandeur are enhanced by a third trait: velocity! As first violinist at the Paris Opéra, Jacques Aubert had an ear for music suitable for drama and dance. His D Major Concert de Symphonie, an early incarnation of what would become the French symphony, is a delightful, foot-tapping tour of dance forms. Finally, Jean-Féry Rebel’s imaginative and vivid work for orchestra, Les élémens, depicts the creation of the world from chaos using motifs associated with earth, air, fire, and water.

Johann Sebastian Bach by Haussmann

Johann Sebastian Bach by Haussmann

From the grand to the intimate, ABS continues its exploration of the Parisian Baroque on August 8 with a look into the era’s drawing rooms, private halls, and the Royal residence at Versailles, for a sampling of exquisite works by Marin Marais, François Couperin, André Campra, and Quirinus van Blankenburg, a Dutchman who felt it necessary to compose an answer to Campra’s Les Femmes. The elegance, refinement, mirth, and poignancy that were all hallmarks of the Parisian Baroque will be presented.

Bach’s Mass in B Minor is the pinnacle of the Baroque repertory and ABS’s annual Festival performances draw Bach pilgrims to San Francisco from around the world. Jeffrey Thomas and the ABS Festival Orchestra, with vocal and instrumental soloists from the ABS Academy, perform the masterwork on each Sunday during the Festival, August 9 & 16.

August 10-12 are set aside for the outrageously talent Academy participants who come from around the world to study and perform with the musicians of ABS. These popularly priced Academy-in-Action concerts (only $10!) are great for taking in a bevy of musical delights–both well known and obscure­–performed by the future leaders of the art form. Say you heard them when; come to AIA!

Marin Marias

Marin Marias

Buy your tickets for August 14 today, because they won’t last. On that Friday evening Jeffrey Thomas will direct the first complete performance outside of Europe of Marais’s 1709 opera, Sémélé. Utilizing soloists from the ABS Academy and the Festival Orchestra, this gem from the golden era of musical Paris will return to the stage in glory right here in San Francisco.

Baroque trumpeter John Thiessen will be the featured performer in the annual Distinguished Artist Series concert on August 15. Performing a diverse program of Italian chamber music and cantatas, English music for the theater, and oratorio, John Thiessen will demonstrate his instrumental mastery in an astonishing variety of styles and settings in music by Corelli, Jeremiah Clarke, Handel, and Alessandro Scarlatti. For this special recital, members of ABS and guest soloists, including soprano Kathryn Mueller, will join Thiessen.

Baroque trumpeter John Thiessen

Baroque trumpeter John Thiessen

The Festival concludes on August 16 with a matinee performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor by The ABS Academy Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Thomas. Book your tickets early!

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For more information, visit our website or call the ABS office at {415) 621-7900.