Looking ahead, next month is officially “Early Music Month,” a new, grassroots initiative sponsored by Early Music America to raise awareness for this vital musical tradition and the artists, scholars, and artisans who devote themselves to it. To honor the occasion and the March birthday of our namesake, American Bach Soloists is proud to present a concert showcasing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the greatest of all early music composers. On Friday, March 18, San Francisco Symphony organist and ABS co-founder Jonathan Dimmock will perform an all-Bach organ concert at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco on one of the Bay Area’s most treasured tracker organs.
Opportunities to experience J.S. Bach’s works for “the king of instruments” in a live setting are rare; don’t miss this one-night-only event! For social media-minded attendees, be sure to use the hashtag: #EarlyMusicMonth2016.
Bach the Vote
As another observance of “Early Music Month,” ABS will publish the results of our “Bach Favorites” poll throughout the month of March. Did you vote for your favorite work by J.S. Bach during the intermission of the January concert? If not, you have another chance to exercise your right to vote for your favorite aria, chorus, cantata, concerto, partita, passion, mass, or other, at our February 26-29 performances of “Alexander’s Feast.” Look for the “Bach Favorites” poster in the lobby at the concerts later this month. Early leaders after the “January Caucus” are St. Matthew Passion, the Mass in B Minor, and the Concerto for two Harpsichords in C Minor. Remember, you can also vote for arias and choruses within the large-scale works!
Early Music America (EMA)
Along with sponsoring “Early Music Month,” EMA is a year-round supporter of the fine work of American musicians, ensembles, educators, scholars, and instrument makers who specialize in the music of the eighteenth century and earlier. EMA members receive the organization’s excellent quarterly magazine EMAg, access to exclusive online resources, and numerous other benefits. If you would like to consider becoming a member of EMA, please visit their website: earlymusicamerica.org.
Tickets for the ABS Bach Birthday Concert on March 18 are only $25. To order, please visit americanbach.org or call the ABS office at (415) 621-7900.