Sweet Harmony

Bach greatly admired the music of his forebears and was often criticized for his traditionalist approach to composition. Nevertheless, we find in Bach’s music many works that were forward-looking and innovative, favoring the Rococo and galant styles that were taking hold throughout Europe.

The Missa in A Major is a curious amalgam of the traditional and contemporary, featuring a pair of a relatively “new” instrument on the scene, the flauto traverso.

The Pythagorean theory of Harmonia Mundi, built on the premise that music was a central force in the creation of Earth, is given rapturous credence in Handel’s setting of the Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day, an exquisite Restoration period verse by John Dryden, England’s first Poet Laureate. 

Friday May 8 2020 8:00 p.m.

   St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere

Saturday May 9 2020 7:00 p.m.

   First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Sunday May 10 2020 4:00 p.m.

   St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco

Monday May 11 2020 7:00 p.m.

   Davis Community Church, Davis

Bach: Missa in A Major

Handel: Look Down, Harmonious Saint

Handel: Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day

Yulia Van Doren, soprano

Gabrielle Timofeeva López, alto (debut)

Aaron Sheehan, tenor

Mischa Bouvier, baritone

American Bach Soloists • American Bach Choir

Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Yulia Van Doren


Gabrielle Timofeeva

contralto (debut)

Aaron Sheehan


Mischa Bouvier


Share this page!