Joyous Bach! Easter & Ascension Oratorios, April 22-25


From April 22-25, ABS presents Easter & Ascension Oratorios, a program of glorious works that were composed for two important celebrations within the Lutheran calendar by J.S. Bach, Kuhnau, and Buxtehude. ABS will perform Kuhnau’s Ascension cantata Ihr Himmel jubiliert von oben (“Therefore rejoice, you heavens”), and also our namesake’s Lobet Gott in seine Reichen (“Praise God in his riches”), otherwise known as the “Ascension Oratorio.” Jeffrey Thomas will also conduct a magnificent assemblage of ABS artists–trumpets, timpani, oboes, recorders, flute, strings, voices, and continuo–in celebratory music for Easter, beginning with Buxtehude’s Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn (“Today God’s Son Triumphs”) and J.S. Bach’s Oster-Oratorium, or “Easter Oratorio.” Join us April 22-25 and let these radiant works uplift you!


A quartet of vocal soloists—recognized and applauded for their interpretive powers in Early Music, especially in the music of J.S. Bach—will join ABS for this celebratory program. Acclaimed for her “considerable coloristic resources” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, soprano Clara Rotttsolk is a frequent soloist with many of the nation’s leading Baroque ensembles. Last season, she appeared with ABS in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Countertenor Eric Jurenas has emerged as one of the leading young countertenors of his generation. Praised for his “beautiful, well-supported tone and compelling expression” by the New York Times, Jurenas is a former ABS Academy participant and featured soloist on the new ABS film, Handel’s Messiah in Grace Cathedral. Paris-based tenor Zachary Wilder made a memorable ABS debut last season as Damon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea. Already represented on numerous acclaimed recordings of Baroque repertory, this young tenor was singled out by the Boston Globe for his “unearthly calm and authority.” Bass Joshua Copeland has appeared with ABS as a soloist and as Christus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Of Copeland, San Francisco Classical Voice admired “the restrained dignity of his consistently lyrical voice, which could serve as a role model for singing authentically.”

Tickets for Easter & Ascension Oratorios are available online at or by calling the ABS office at (415) 621-7900.