“Baroque Marathon” opens second week of ABS Festival & Academy

Academy Chamber Ensemble perform a work by Telemann in 2014 Academy in Action concert.

Academy Chamber Ensemble performing a work by Telemann in 2014 Academy in Action concert.

Are you excited about this summer’s ABS Festival & Academy, August 7-16? We are, too! This year, the Academy-In-Action Series, which traditionally opens the second week of Festival activities, will undergo an exciting metamorphosis into a “Baroque Marathon.” Featuring instrumental and vocal soloists from the ABS Academy, this two-day event will be held on August 10 & 11. Altogether, the Marathon will include three sessions: two on Monday (3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.) and a concluding one on Tuesday (8:00 p.m.). The August 11 session will include a complete performance of Bach’s Cantata 131 (Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir) conducted by ABS Music Director Jeffrey Thomas.

2014 Academy participants Michael Kaufman, Kyle Collins, Ben Kazez, and Mara Winter perform an aria by Bach at Academy in Action concert.

2014 Academy participants Michael Kaufman, Kyle Collins, Ben Kazez, and Mara Winter perform an aria by Bach at Academy in Action concert.

Whether you want to hear a few different works or experience the entire Marathon, we encourage all to drop in and stay as long as you like. All three sessions are free, and seating in the concert hall for each is open. Note: there will be a dinner break between sessions I & II on Monday, so there will be time to rest and refresh. Food and drink will be available at Café Crème within the Conservatory or at any of the fine eateries in nearby Hayes Valley.

Session I begins Monday, August 10 at 3:00 p.m. and includes about three hours of music. Following the dinner break, Session II will begin at 8:00 p.m. Some of the music which will be performed over the course of the Marathon will include:

— Intimate French motets by Mouliné

— Music composed by Clérambault for the nuns at the Royal Convent School at Saint-Cyr

— A cantata for 5 voices, trumpets, and strings by Buxtehude

— High Baroque chamber works with uncommon instrumentation from the Court of Dresden by Zelenka, Fasch, and Graun

— Quartets and trios by Telemann

— Arias from cantatas by J.S. Bach

— Music from Johann Abraham Schmierer’s Zodiaci musici

— Bach’s Cantata 131 Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir conducted by ABS Music Director Jeffrey Thomas (August 11)

— A Suite of buoyant and kinetic dances from Marais’ Sémélé

Immerse yourself in these sessions of musical exploration and discovery. Admission to the Baroque Marathon is free (Suggested donation for each night is $10). Remember, Tuesday August 11 also marks the first of the free master classes and lectures during the Festival; come by at 3:00 p.m. for the harpsichord master class and at 5:00 p.m. for Kenneth Slowik’s lecture on “Musical Institutions of the Grand Siècle.” For more information and a full Festival schedule, please visit sfbachfestival.org, email info@americanbach.org, or call (415) 621-7900.