Four Brandenburg Concertos

May 3 – 6 2019 

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051

John Thiessen trumpet • Stephen Bard oboe • Aldo Abreu recorder

Sandra Miller flute • Corey Jamason harpsichord

Tatiana Chulochnikova, Carla Moore, and Jude Ziliak violins

Clio Tilton and Ramón Negrón Pérez violas

American Bach Soloists

Jeffrey Thomas conductor

The 30th Season will conclude with the remaining four Brandenburg Concertos, Nos. 2, 4, 5, and 6, each one featuring the renowned Bach specialists of ABS. The second concerto brings together the disparate solo forces of trumpet, oboe, violin, and recorder in perfect interplay as only Bach could have achieved; the fourth concerto is a legendary showcase for virtuoso violino principale and two recorders; the fifth is supremely elegant in its scoring for violin, the gentle flauto traverso, and cembalo concertato, including the extravagant and even hair-raising cadenza for the harpsichordist; and in the sixth concerto Bach pits the old against the new as a pair of violas da gamba and violone take on their more “modern” counterparts, a pair of violas and violoncello, in repartee that is both rich in sonority and enlightening in its glimpse at a magical moment in history.

Friday May 3 2019 8:00 p.m.

St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere

Saturday May 4 2019 8:00 p.m.

First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Sunday May 5 2019 4:00 p.m.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco

Monday May 6 2019 7:00 p.m.

Davis Community Church, Davis

Pre-concert “Insights” begin one hour prior to each performance.

Concert length: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Free Pre-Concert "Insights"


One hour prior to our performances in February through May 2017, enjoy a free and informative lecture given by musicologist and conductor Victor Gavenda, an accomplished scholar who will share his insights about the music, the composers, and the experience of hearing great music from the Baroque era performed to the highest standards.