Sparkle 2020 
Online Auction & Virtual Gala

Historically, over 150 supporters of the arts come together for “Sparkle,” a glamorous evening that includes wine, dinner, and a silent and live auction. However, due to COVID-19 and its associated restrictions, ABS is moving our 2020 event online. This year, you will be able spend a week from the comfort of your home—September 6-12— bidding (or outbidding) other patrons on a varied list of auction items including wine, art, and jewelry, as well as Zoom classes with some of ABS’s musicians, board members, and friends. Our virtual event—September 12—will include pre-event cocktail Zoom rooms with ABS Musicians, and then our live event featuring Jeffrey Thomas and others. 

Online Auction • September 6–12 2020

Virtual Gala • September 12 2020

Handel's Messiah
in Grace Cathedral

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American Bach Soloists, led by Artistic & Music Director Jeffrey Thomas, present their annual performances of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, in one of San Francisco’s most awe-inspiring, sacred spaces. ABS, Handel, and Grace Cathedral are perennially a winning combination and a highlight of the holiday season. Since 1998, ABS has presented Messiah in San Francisco’s historic Grace Cathedral to more than 50,000 attendees. A Bay Area holiday tradition now in its 23rd consecutive year, ABS’s performances of Handel’s timeless work attract music lovers from around the world, and they have become an essential part of the musical year for many music lovers. Voted “Best of the Bay” by the readers of San Francisco Classical Voice, the Bay Area Reporter observed, “For those who treasure Messiah, Thomas’ version is revelatory.” No other Bay Area performances come close to offering the visual, aural, and emotional qualities that have made ABS’s performances of Messiah in Grace Cathedral so superlative. Maestro Thomas will conduct the period-instrument specialists of ABS, the renowned American Bach Choir, and an internationally acclaimed quartet of brilliant vocal soloists.

Nola Richardson, soprano
Sarah Coit, mezzo-soprano
James Reese, tenor
Alex Rosen (debut), bass
American Bach Soloists
American Bach Choir
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Wednesday December 16 2020 7:30 p.m.
   Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Thursday December 17 2020 7:30 p.m.
   Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Friday December 18 2020 7:30 p.m.
   Grace Cathedral, San Francisco





A Baroque New Year's Eve at the Opera

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American Bach Soloists present the 3rd annual New Year’s Eve concert in Herbst Theatre, one of San Francisco’s most beautiful concert venues. Start an early night on the town at 4:00 p.m. with a delightful program of arias and instrumental music from opera and concert, with plenty of time left for more celebrations in the evening or an early return home for a peaceful night. Bring your family and friends to celebrate a New Year full of wonderful music. But make your reservations early: Since their inauguration in 2018, these concerts have become one of the hottest tickets in town. Joyfully ring in the New Year in elegant style and with sensational music from the world of Baroque Opera!

Cast TBA
American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Thursday December 31 2020 4:00 p.m.
   Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

Herbst Theatre

Jeffrey Thomas

Herbst Theatre


P.O. Box 421986
San Francisco CA 94142


Email: info@americanbach.org
Tickets: +1 (800) 595-4849
Phone: +1 (415) 621 7900 
Fax: +1 (415) 621 7920
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