ABS Celebrates Bach’s Birthday, March 20

ABS celebrates its namesake on March 20 with a fabulous evening of music and fun. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. at San Francisco’s historic General’s Residence in the Fort Mason Center, we welcome friends and supporters of ABS to enjoy food, wine, and the spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Please join us in toasting the one and only J.S. Bach while also supporting ABS!


View from the General’s Residence at the Fort Mason Center

The occasion will also mark the premiere of ABS’s video installation Bach’s Mass in B Minor: Anatomy of a Masterwork. Chronicling the annual performances of the Mass at the ABS Festival & Academy, the project explores the work’s colossal dimensions and encyclopedic stylistic variety through the expertise of ABS musicians Jeffrey Thomas, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Debra Nagy, Steven Lehning, John Thiessen, and others as they work with Academy participants to perform the Mass.

Following the party, guests will attend a special, one-night-only concert with renowned harpsichordist and organist Anthony Newman at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Newman will perform one half of the program from the harpsichord, joined on Bach’s Sonata in E-Flat Major for Flute and Harpsichord by ABS musician and Academy alum flutist Joshua Romatowski. For the second half of the concert, Mr. Newman will perform an organ recital on St. Mark’s magnificent instrument. This rare opportunity to hear an early music legend right here in San Francisco is available to ABS’s great supporters as part of this extraordinary celebration of Bach.

Anthony Newman, harpsichord & organ

Anthony Newman, harpsichord & organ

Please join us for the celebration! VIP tickets for the event are $250, and remember: $150 of that price is a tax-deductible donation to ABS. If you would like to attend only the concert portion of the celebration, tickets ($15-$50) are available online or by calling the ABS office at (415) 621-7900.