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Friday
August 7 2015
5:00 p.m. Opening Night Gala Dinner: Dobbs Ferry of San Francisco
TICKETS $100 [more information]
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8:00 p.m. Versailles & The Parisian Baroque - Part I
The Festival opens on Friday, August 7, with a trio of stunning orchestral works by three French masters. The high-minded musical ideals and splendor of the era are fully evident in the Ouverture & Suite of dances from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera Naïs. Here beauty and grandeur are enhanced by a third trait: velocity! As first violinist at the Paris Opéra, Jacques Aubert had an ear for music that would be suitable for drama and dance. His D Major Concert de Symphonie, an early incarnation of what would become the French symphony, is a delightful, foot-tapping tour of dance forms. Finally, Jean-Féry Rebel’s imaginative and vivid work for orchestra, Les élémens, depicts the creation of the world from chaos using motifs associated with earth, air, fire, and water.
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Saturday
August 8 2015
2:30 p.m. Public Colloquium - "The Culture of Versailles"
FREE - Pre-Registration Requested [more information]
 
8:00 p.m. Versailles & The Parisian Baroque - Part II
From the grand to the intimate, ABS’s exploration of the Parisian Baroque continues into the drawing rooms, private halls, and Royal residence at Versailles. Featuring works by Marin Marais, François Couperin, André Campra, & Quirinus van Blankenburg, the elegance, refinement, mirth, and poignancy that were hallmarks of the Parisian Baroque will be presented.
TICKETS $20-$66
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Sunday
August 9 2015
7:00 p.m. Bach's Mass in B Minor
Bach’s Mass in B Minor is the pinnacle of the Baroque repertory and ABS’s annual performances draw Bach pilgrims to San Francisco from around the world. Jeffrey Thomas and the ABS Festival Orchestra, with vocal and instrumental soloists from the ABS Academy, perform this masterwork on each Festival Sunday. [This work will be repeated on Sunday August 16 2015 at 2:00 p.m.]
TICKETS $20-$75

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Monday
August 10 2015
3:00 p.m. Academy-in-Action Concert I
The Academy-in-Action concerts showcase the talents of ABS Academy participants—the next generation of early music virtuosi—in works by Baroque masters.
TICKETS $10 [more information]
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8:00 p.m. Academy-in-Action Concert II
The Academy-in-Action concerts showcase the talents of ABS Academy participants—the next generation of early music virtuosi—in works by Baroque masters.
TICKETS $10 [more information]
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Tuesday
August 11 2015
3:00 p.m. Master Class Series: Harpsichord
FREE [more information]
 
5:00 p.m. Lecture Series: Kenneth Slowik
FREE [more information]
 
8:00 p.m. Academy-in-Action Concert III
The Academy-in-Action concerts showcase the talents of ABS Academy participants—the next generation of early music virtuosi—in works by Baroque masters.
TICKETS $10 [more information]
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Wednesday
August 12 2015
3:00 p.m. Master Class Series: Violin & Viola
FREE [more information]
 
5:00 p.m. Lecture Series: Robert Mealy
FREE [more information]
 
 

Thursday
August 13 2015
3:00 p.m. Master Class Series: Violoncello, Viola da gamba, Violone, & Contrabass
FREE [more information]
 
5:00 p.m. Lecture Series: Corey Jamason
FREE [more information]
 
8:00 p.m. Marais' Sémélé
Drawn from the same mythological source that would inspire Handel over three decades later, Marin Marais’ 1709 opera Sémélé is an amorous tale of desire and ambition. The mortal woman Semele wins the devotion of Jupiter, king of the gods. Inflamed by her husband’s wandering eye, Juno devises a plan to ruin the pairing that ends in tragedy and a wondrous new beginning. Utilizing a cast of musicians from the ABS Academy and Festival Orchestra, joined by the American Bach Choir, Jeffrey Thomas conducts the first complete concert performances outside of Europe of this gem from the golden era of musical Paris.
TICKETS $20-$75
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Friday
August 14 2015
3:00 p.m. Master Class Series: Winds & Brass
FREE [more information]
 
5:00 p.m. Lecture Series: Judith Malafronte
FREE [more information]
 
8:00 p.m. Marais' Sémélé
Drawn from the same mythological source that would inspire Handel over three decades later, Marin Marais’ 1709 opera Sémélé is an amorous tale of desire and ambition. The mortal woman Semele wins the devotion of Jupiter, king of the gods. Inflamed by her husband’s wandering eye, Juno devises a plan to ruin the pairing that ends in tragedy and a wondrous new beginning. Utilizing a cast of musicians from the ABS Academy and Festival Orchestra, joined by the American Bach Choir, Jeffrey Thomas conducts the first complete concert performances outside of Europe of this gem from the golden era of musical Paris.
TICKETS $20-$75

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Saturday
August 15 2015
3:00 p.m. Master Class Series: Voice
FREE [more information]
 
5:00 p.m. Lecture Series: Debra Nagy
FREE [more information]
 
8:00 p.m. Distinguished Artist Series: John Thiessen, Baroque trumpet
Performing a diverse program of Italian chamber music and cantatas, English music for the theater, and oratorio, trumpeter John Thiessen will demonstrate his instrumental mastery in an astonishing variety of styles and settings in music by Corelli, Jeremiah Clarke, Handel, and Alessandro Scarlatti. For this special recital, members of ABS and guest soloists, including soprano Kathryn Mueller, will join Thiessen.
TICKETS $20-$66 [more information]

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Sunday
August 16 2015
2:00 p.m. Bach's Mass in B Minor
Bach’s Mass in B Minor is the pinnacle of the Baroque repertory and ABS’s annual performances draw Bach pilgrims to San Francisco from around the world. Jeffrey Thomas and the ABS Festival Orchestra, with vocal and instrumental soloists from the ABS Academy, perform this masterwork on each Festival Sunday.
TICKETS $20-$75

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