Mary Wilson Concert and CD Release Party a Blast!

We could not have wished for a better evening on Saturday, November 16, for the special concert and CD release party for American Bach Soloists: Mary Wilson Sings Handel. A clear, warm night, gorgeous views of the San Francisco skyline, beautiful music by ABS, and a fine group of supporters all combined to form a magical evening!

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Guests arrived in the downtown harbor of Belvedere at the China Cabin, a historic landmark that formerly served as the social saloon onboard the steamship PS China during the 1860s. From there, limousines delivered everyone to the nearby 125 year-old Old St. Hilary’s Church. Sitting alone atop an isolated hill in Tiburon with breathtaking views of the North Bay and San Francisco, Old St. Hilary’s is an old house of worship with plenty of rustic charm and excellent acoustics.

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After a welcome from ABS Executive Director Don Scott Carpenter, a small ensemble led by Jeffrey Thomas took to the stage. The players were:

MWEditMary Wilson, soprano
Sandra Miller, flute
Noah Strick & Addi Liu, violin
Clio Tilton, viola
Gretchen Claassen, violoncello
Steven Lehning, violone
Derek Tam, harpsichord

A spirited performance of J.S. Bach’s Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209, with the guest of honor, Mary Wilson, as the soloist, proved an excellent opening work for the concert. Miller, Lehning, and Tam followed with a brilliant performance of Bach’s Sonata in C Major for Flute and Basso continuo, BWV 1033. Finishing out the program with arias by Handel, Thomas directed this responsive, intimately connected ensemble of ABS veterans and recent Academy graduates while Wilson sang with glorious tone and effortless grace.

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After the concert, musicians and guests returned to the China Cabin for a reception and CD signing party. Wilson inscribed copies of the new CD and charmed everyone in sight. It was a wonderful opportunity for many of ABS’s supporters to meet and chat with this superb artist. The new CD, Wilson’s first, is the latest to join the highly acclaimed recorded catalog of ABS. It is available for Pre-Order now on iTunes. Purchase your copy today, and help ABS get to the top of the iTunes sales charts on the release day of December 10th, when the entire album will be automatically downloaded to your iTunes library. Or, if you prefer a physical CD, you can wait until December 10 to order at americanbach.org, Amazon, or CD Baby.

Just click on the album cover to be sent directly to the correct page in iTunes…

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Special thanks are due to Delicious! Catering (www.deliciouscatering.com) for providing tasty appetizers and champagne at the reception and also to our wonderful photographer Eddie Frank of Gas Lamp Productions (www.gaslampproductions.com) whose photos captured the beautiful setting, music, and, most of all, people who made this a memorable day.

ABS’s donors keep us going strong year after year with generous, greatly appreciated support. The November 16 special concert was both a way for ABS to say thank you and to celebrate the release of the new recording.