Plan A Perfect Holiday Concert Experience

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California Street Cable Car

Ride the California Street Cable Car to the top of San Francisco's Nob Hill.

Huntington Park

Take in the holiday lights as you stroll through delightful Huntington Park

Fairmont Hotel Gingerbread House

Visit the world-famous Gingerbread House in Nob Hill's historic Fairmont Hotel

Grace Cathedral Christmas Tree

Enter the breathtaking interior of Grace Cathedral for an unparalleled musical experience.

Grace Cathedral by permission of David Yu

A Baroque Christmas

Thursday December 12 2024

A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS

BACH "Christmas Oratorio" (Part I) & "Gloria in excelsis Deo"
HANDEL Messiah (Christmas portion) plus "Hallelujah" chorus

Mary Wilson • soprano
Eric Jurenas • countertenor
Jon Lee Keenan • tenor
Jesse Blumberg • baritone
American Bach Soloists • American Bach Choir
Jeffrey Thomas • conductor

When & Where

Thursday December 12 2024 7:30 p.m.
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco


The program will last approximately 2 hours with one intermission.

“The singers and instrumentalists of the ABS Choir and Orchestra were, as always, magnificent. There are simply not enough superlatives to adequately describe their mastery and musicianship and do justice to their dedication and artistry.” — Niels Swinkels, San Francisco Classical Voice 

About the Music

What could be better than a concert that features Part One of Bach's scintillating "Christmas Oratorio" and the Christmas portion of Handel's timeless Messiah, all within a perfect program for family and friends? The finely tuned voices of the American Bach Choir and the polished sheen of sonorities brought by American Bach's period-instrument orchestra soar within the majestic interior of San Francisco’s Nob Hill landmark.


Handel's Messiah in Grace Cathedral 

Friday December 13 2024
ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY - This concert will sell out.

Handel's Messiah

HANDEL Messiah
Mary Wilson • soprano
Eric Jurenas • countertenor
Jon Lee Keenan • tenor
Jesse Blumberg • baritone
American Bach Soloists • American Bach Choir
Jeffrey Thomas • conductor

When & Where

Friday December 13 2024 7:30 p.m.
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco


The program will last approximately 2 ¾ hours with one intermission.

“What stood out above all, in this annual rite that drew a huge crowd, was the sense of being addressed directly, personally, confidingly. Conductor Jeffrey Thomas brought it all together, melding his ABS forces with precision and intuitive responsiveness” — Steven Winn, San Francisco Classical Voice 

About the Music

Featuring a stellar cast of vocal soloists, American Bach’s annual tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah in San Francisco’s historic Grace Cathedral perennially provides a treasured December holiday event to capacity audiences. A celebrated Bay Area holiday tradition, American Bach's performances of Handel’s timeless work have become an essential part of the musical year for many music lovers and have attracted audiences of more than 50,000 from around the world.

Mary Wilson

Mary
Wilson

Eric Jurenas

Eric
Jurenas

Jon Lee Keenan

Jon Lee
Keenan

Jesse Blumberg

Jesse
Blumberg


Celebrate!

A Baroque New Year's Eve at the Opera

Tuesday December 31 2024 4:00 p.m.

Baroque New Year's Eve at the Opera

Baroque Opera Arias from:

HANDEL Partenope, Ariodante, Il Trionfo del Tempo, Flavio, Amadigi di Gaula, and Rinaldo
GRAUN Iphigenia in Aulis and Cesare e Cleopatra
RAMEAU Platée

Maya Kherani • soprano
Eric Jurenas • countertenor
American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas • conductor

When & Where

Tuesday December 31 2024 4:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco


The program will last approximately 2 hours with one intermission.

"A Gift for the New Year from American Bach Soloists" — Steven Winn, San Francisco Classical Voice 

About the Music

Back by popular demand, “A Baroque New Year’s Eve at the Opera” will usher in the new year within San Francisco’s beautiful Herbst Theatre. Start an early night on the town with a delightful program of arias, duets, and instrumental music from Baroque 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.

Join us at intermission in the Horn Bar & Lounge on the lower level of the War Memorial for an inviting no-host reception, where you can enjoy a selection of red, white, and sparkling wines chosen to elevate your New Year's Eve experience. This gathering is open to all ticket buyers, providing an opportunity to connect with fellow attendees and share in the excitement of the performance. 
Maya Kherani

Maya Kherani

soprano

Eric Jurenas

Eric Jurenas

countertenor

Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas

conductor


Address

182 Howard Street, #536
San Francisco, CA 94105

Contacts

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