Bach’s Birthday Celebration begins a little early

ABS kicked off the celebrations for Bach’s March 21 birthday a little early this year with a sold-out, all-Bach organ concert at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on Friday night. At the organ bench, San Francisco Symphony organist and ABS co-founder Jonathan Dimmock delighted the capacity crowd with his expert playing and insightful remarks between works. He opened with the Prelude & “Wedge” Fugue in E Minor and held everyone spellbound for the next hour with Bach’s compositions for the “king of instruments”. Below are a few photos from the event.

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Full house!
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The magnificent tracker organ at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

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Jonathan Dimmock takes a bow after performing the all-Bach organ recital.
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Mr. Dimmock greets patrons in the lobby after the concert.
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As a special treat, Mr. Dimmock gave an “organ crawl” demonstration of St. Mark’s instrument to a group of ABS supporters after the event.

ABS keeps the celebrations going with more Bach this spring and summer! From April 22-25, ABS presents Easter & Ascension Oratorios around the Bay Area and in Davis. Also, from August 5-14 The ABS Festival & Academy will include works by Bach, including the Mass in B Minor on August 7 at St. Mark’s and August 14 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For More information about the Festival, visit sfbachfestival.org.

ABS performing Bach… buy your tickets today!