San Francisco, CA – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman, Jane Chu, has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants, including an Art Works award of $15,000 to American Bach Soloists to support the 2017 ABS Festival & Academy.
“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as American Bach Soloists, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”
“There is no higher honor when our federal government acknowledges the work that we are doing at the local level.” said ABS Executive Director Don Scott Carpenter. “This support goes a long way in ensuring the preservation of Early Music for future generations. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”
ABS Artistic Director Jeffrey Thomas acknowledged his personal gratitude: “We have worked hard to create an open, accessible, and culturally engaging experience for our annual Festival & Academy patrons, and we’re both honored and proud to receive this important recognition by the National Endowment for the Arts. It is prestigious endorsement, and we are most grateful.”
The ABS Academy offers advanced conservatory-level students and emerging professional musicians the opportunity to study and perform Baroque music side by side with a distinguished faculty of internationally recognized experts. The coinciding Festival features free and ticketed concerts, master classes, lectures, and other events. 2017 concerts include two performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor and other large-scale works including a celebration of the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music and performances of Purcell’s King Arthur. Also planned is the annual Baroque Marathon, a series of free chamber music concerts by Academy participants.
The public events of the 2017 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy will be held August 4 through August 13 in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and St Mark’s Lutheran Church (S.F.). For more information visit sfbachfestival.org or americanbach.org.