As ABS commences its next 25 years, it also celebrates the illustrious first quarter-century of performances, recordings, community engagement, and success in training the next generation of early music virtuosi. A retrospective photo and ephemera exhibition entitled “ABS – The First 25 Years” will be on view May 11 – June 29 exclusively at The Musical Offering Classical Record Shop & Café, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, California 94704.
Whether you have been attending ABS events since the inaugural concert in 1990, or were introduced to the ensemble at last week’s “Bach’s Legacy,” this exhibition will provide a visually engaging history of the ensemble with something for everyone. Photos of the ABS musicians in the early days and from recent seasons will be installed on the walls along with mementos celebrating impressive benchmarks such as the tours to Singapore and Regensburg, Germany. The images document ABS in their annual performances of Handel’s Messiah in Grace Cathedral, great moments in St. Stephen’s Church and First Congregational Church, highlights from the ABS Festival & Academy, and many other ABS events.
The Musical Offering is one of Northern California’s great gathering places for Classical music fans, especially those who love Baroque music. The space operates as both a Classical CD shop and a Café-Bistro. The CD store has a great selection of both new and used recordings for sale and its knowledgeable staff is always on hand to help you find a specific CD or provide recommendations.
During the day, the Café portion of The Musical Offering is a favorite study spot for UC Berkeley students, but in the evenings it becomes an charming bistro for concertgoers. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation if you plan to have dinner at The Musical Offering as this cozy room is often the top choice on concert nights for audience members attending events at First Congregational Church, Zellerbach Hall, Hertz Hall, or any other venue in the vicinity.