Bach Birthday Celebration!

On the evening of March 20, supporters of ABS joined the board of directors, staff, and Artistic Director Jeffrey Thomas at the General’s Residence in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center to raise a glass and toast the ensemble on the occasion of its namesake’s 330th birthday (Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany, March 21, 1685). With spectacular views of the marina and Alcatraz, the revelers also enjoyed fine wines, some tasty edibles by Delicious! Catering, and a screening of the new video installation project Bach’s Mass in B Minor: Anatomy of a Masterwork in this special fundraising event for ABS.

Anthony Newman and Joshua Romatowski

Anthony Newman and Joshua Romatowski

Following the party, the Bach Birthday Celebration continued over at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church where renowned Bach interpreter Anthony Newman was presented in a recital program featuring works by J.S. Bach, Handel, and his own compositions. Exhibiting his legendary facility throughout the evening, Newman gave an exhilarating performance. To close the first half of the harpsichord portion of the recital he was joined by ABS flutist Joshua Romatowski in Bach’s Sonata in E-Flat Major for Flute and Harpsichord, BWV 1031.

ABS Flutist Joshua Romatowski meets fans during intermission.

Joshua Romatowski meets fans during intermission.

For the second half, Mr. Newman made his way upstairs and finished the performance at the organ bench playing St. Mark’s splendid instrument. He performed his own Grand Intrada and Triple Fugue in C for Organ and Fantastia in E Major along with Bach’s Toccata in C Major, Alle Menschen müßen, and closed with a rousing performance of Bach’s Fugue in C Minor.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support ABS at this memorable event … and happy birthday, J.S. Bach!

Anthony Newman, after performing organ recital.

Anthony Newman.