August 7-16 2015 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
& THE PARISIAN BAROQUE
Tracing the influences of Italian, French, and North German composers on Johann Sebastian Bach’s music, the 2014 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy will feature works by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Buxtehude, and Bach’s forebears.
Musical delights and discoveries will fill the days and nights of the 2014 Festival. From celebrated masterworks for full orchestra, choir, and vocal soloists to intimate instrumental works, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Jeffrey Thomas directs the American Bach Soloists, the American Bach Choir, and the Academy Orchestra and Soloists, in annual performances of Bach's Mass in B Minor, large-scale instrumental and vocal works, and concerts of Baroque oratorio and opera. .
Distinguished Artist Series
These concerts feature performances by acclaimed early music specialists. Within the framework of a solo recital, instrumentalists and singers will present works with orchestral accompaniment, in programs built around themes of cultures, places, or events in history.
The American Bach Soloists Academy—the educational component of the ABS Summer Bach Festival—offers advanced conservatory-level students and emerging professionals unique opportunities to study and perform Baroque music in a multi-disciplinary learning environment.
Academy participants are featured exclusively in three evenings of Academy-in-Action Concerts offering chamber vocal and instrumental works by Baroque masters.
Annual engaging forums for performers and audience members alike explore a variety of topics centered on historical, artistic, and practical considerations of performing Baroque music today. (Free)
Join the members of the American Bach Soloists Academy for a series of enlightening and informative public lectures presented by the Academy faculty on a wide range of subjects centered on Festival themes. (Free)
Master Class Series
The ABS Academy opens its doors to the public to witness the artistic transformations that make Master Classes so tremendously exciting, as performers and their master teachers share their knowledge and insights. (Free)