“An Italian Journey” is the theme for the 2016 ABS Festival & Academy, which will be held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from August 5-14, 2016, and will feature music from Baroque Italy. The flourishing cities of Florence, Venice, and Rome—the primary destinations of the Grand Tour excursions taken by British nobility and wealthy landed gentry, and the meeting places for the most celebrated composers and performers of the era—offered some of the most glorious art, architecture, and music to be found anywhere during the Baroque era.
Festival concerts will present music from Handel’s early years in Rome, when he composed music for the “Carmelite Vespers” services, including the tour-de-force “Dixit Dominus” for chorus and orchestra. Works by Italian composers including Scarlatti, Tartini, Torelli, and Vivaldi will be performed by members of the ABS Academy Faculty, and the Academy Festival Orchestra will present Corelli’s 1714 Concerti Grossi using the enormous and rarely heard forces used in Corelli’s day.
ABS’s annual performances of Bach’s great Mass in B Minor, featuring the American Bach Choir and the Academy Orchestra, will be presented at the end of each Festival weekend.
The 2015 Festival, “Versailles & The Parisian Baroque,” was an extraordinary and memorable 10-day event. Save the dates now for the 2016 Festival when ABS will bring the brilliance of sunbaked Baroque Italy to San Francisco next August.
Tickets for “An Italian Journey” will go on sale early in 2016.