As part of its education and outreach efforts, ABS has collaborated with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in past seasons in presenting a series of free, public master classes. These opportunities to hear the virtuosos of ABS work with talented, young players from the Early Music program at the Conservatory continue during the 2013-14 season with classes led by John Thiessen (Baroque trumpet) on January 20, 2014; Ian Howell (countertenor) on February 17; and Jeffrey Thomas (conductor) on April 21.
Baroque trumpet virtuoso John Thiessen kicks off this season’s master class series on Monday, January 20 at 7:30 pm in the Conservatory’s recital hall. Thiessen is well known among ABS concertgoers for his resplendent sound and flawless technique and was featured in ABS’s December programs, including Handel’s Messiah at Grace Cathedral and the Mondavi Center as well as Bach’s cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, at the ABS Christmas Concert. He will again be featured with ABS from January 24-27, 2014, playing Bach’s exuberant secular cantata “Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet, Trompeten!” BWV 214, and the Magnificat in D Major.
Described by The New York Times as “the gold standard of Baroque trumpet playing in this country,” Thiessen’s performances combine beauty of sound with brilliance and virtuosity for 17th-19th century repertory. In addition to American Bach Soloists, he appears regularly as soloist and principal trumpet with North America’s foremost early music ensembles, including Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Juilliard Baroque, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Boston Early Music Festival, and Early Music Vancouver.
Known for his virtuosic performances, Thiessen is also highly regarded as a master teacher. As an ABS Academy faculty member and instructor at Juilliard in New York City, Thiessen has trained many of the best up and coming period-brass players. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness Thiessen working with San Francisco’s most promising young trumpet players!
The January 20 master class is free and open to the public. The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is located at 50 Oak Street and is conveniently accessible by MUNI and BART. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure getting the best seats, early arrival is strongly advised.