Alexander's Feast

Handel: Alexander’s Feast
Handel: Concerto Grosso in C Major
Handel: Harp Concerto in B Flat Major

Friday February 26 2016 8:00 pm - St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere
Saturday February 27 2016 8:00 pm - First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday February 28 2016 4:00 pm - St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Monday February 29 2016 7:00 pm - Davis Community Church, Davis

Anna Gorbachyova soprano (debut)
Aaron Sheehan tenor
William Sharp baritone
Maria Christina Cleary harp (debut)

Based on a poem by John Dryden, subtitled “The Power of Music,” Handel’s ode, Alexander’s Feast, recounts a banquet held by Alexander the Great in the conquered city of Persepolis. The musician Timotheus moves the great military commander through a course of emotions until he is compelled to seek revenge for his perished Greek soldiers, killed by the armies of the Persian King Darius III. Handel’s richly scored setting expresses the narrative in a direct manner that is, at times, surprising in its intensity. This evening-length work of some of the composer’s most ambitious and glorious vocal and choral music will feature the acclaimed American Bach Choir and an outstanding trio of vocal soloists, including the Subscription Season debut of soprano Anna Gorbachyova. Following Handel’s tradition of inserting instrumental concertos between the work’s different parts, ABS will perform his Concerto Grosso in C Major and Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major.

“The truly splendid ABS choir, with its round and transparent tone, tied both the evening and Handel’s message together”

San Francisco Classical Voice

“The audience had the last word, speaking in long and sustained waves of well-earned cheering and applause”

San Francisco Classical Voice

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