ABS continues to support the fine work of San Francisco Conservatory of Music students with a public master class on February 17 led by countertenor Ian Howell. Witness this acclaimed artist work with advanced Conservatory students on vocal interpretation and style in Baroque repertory. All ABS master classes at the Conservatory are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 pm.
Praised by the New York Times for his “clear voice and attractive timbre” and San Francisco Classical Voice for the “heart at the core of his soulful sound,” Howell sings with a warm and seamless tone rarely heard from countertenors. He has recorded for the American Bach Soloists, Warner Classics, Rhino, Carus, and Gothic labels. His debut solo CD, 1685 and the Art of Ian Howell with ABS was released in March 2009 and features repertory by Domenico Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, and G.F. Handel. He can also be heard on recordings of the all male chamber choior Chanticleer on one DVD and eight CDs, including the Grammy Award winning Lamentations and Praises.
Howell is a frequent ABS collaborator and a favorite with Bay Area audiences. In 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012 he performed in ABS’s performances of Handel’s Messiah at Grace Cathedral. He also appeared in the first Distinguished Artist solo concert at the 2012 ABS Festival & Academy where he sang a gorgeous program of songs with a consort of viols. With songs by William Byrd, Henry Purcell, John Jenkins, and others, the evening remains one of those great ABS Festival memories. The opportunity to hear Howell, who is also a teacher of vocal pedagogy at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, work with Bay Area-based aspiring singers promises to yield many insights.
Howell will also be a featured performer at the next ABS subscription series concert, “Bach’s Hercules,” from February 21-24. Tickets are available for this concert and our April 25-28 program, “Bach’s Legacy,” on our website or by calling the ABS office at (415) 621-7900. For more information about our master class series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, please visit the education tab on our website. We look forward to seeing you at Mr. Howell’s master class and at “Bach’s Hercules”!