Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanza, and Happy New Year! Whether you celebrate some, all, or none of these, we at American Bach Soloists want you to know that we celebrate you this holiday season and beyond. That’s because over the last twelve months, your support has enabled us to share our music through our annual subscription concert season, the ABS Festival & Academy, our annual gala, our just completed performances of Messiah, and a multitude of other ways.
2016 saw ABS and Jeffrey Thomas at their finest. Our subscription concerts included “Bach Favorites” which featured ABS Academy alumna and 2016 Jeffrey Thomas Award recipient Tatiana Chulochnikova; performances of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast; and a collection of works celebrating Easter and Ascension by Bach, Buxtehude, and Kuhnau. We celebrated Bach’s 331st birthday with an organ recital at St. Mark’s Church in San Francisco by ABS co-founder Jonathan Dimmock. The seventh annual ABS Festival & Academy held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, with additional performances at St. Mark’s, was based around the theme, “An Italian Journey” and featured music by Scarlatti, Tartini, Torelli, and Vivaldi, and included our annual performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor and the North American premiere of Handel’s Parnasso in festa. Our fall fundraising gala, Sparkle 2016, was held at the James Leary Flood Mansion in San Francisco and was a huge success, not to mention a lot of fun. And in December, we presented Handel’s Messiah for the 18th consecutive year in Grace Cathedral.
We can’t do any of this without you!
As we begin a new calendar year, we need your financial support to ensure that we keep this strong musical legacy alive.
Your gift makes a difference! You experience the music, but we see the costs of bringing these incredible musicians to San Francisco, the cost of scores, the cost of marketing, and all things that it takes to ensure wonderful performances season after season.
You asked, and we heard you. With this e-mail, you can now make a one-time gift, or make weekly and/or monthly gifts, which will automatically be deducted from your bank account or charged to your credit card. We hope that this will make the donation process simpler and will ensure you that your support is ongoing. Will you help?
Please join all of us in supporting our musicians, Maestro Jeffrey Thomas, and all of American Bach Soloists by sending your gift today.
Wishing you all the best,
Don Scott Carpenter