Faire is the Heaven

Nola Richardson


Clara Rottsolk


Nicholas Burns


James Reese

tenor (debut)

Steven Brennfleck


Jesse Blumberg


Jared Daniel Jones


American Bach Choir

"remarkable transparency and body"

The Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser began one of his most cherished verses, “Faire is the heaven where happy soules have place in full enjoyment of felicitie.” Writers, painters, and composers would often evoke glimpses of the Paradise that could be found in the life beyond, an antidote to the troubled times that were experienced by so many in periods past.

Heinrich Schütz’s serenely beautiful Musikalische Exequien draws upon texts from the Psalms, the Canticle of Simeon, Revelations, and the Book of Wisdom to illuminate the recognition of new life, including a dramatic effect of three spirits moving throughout the concert space.

The exuberance of the vocal works by Bruhns and Weckmann, and Bach’s peaceful and uplifting Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit combine to make this a concert program of heavenly beauty.


Friday March 27 2020 8:00 p.m.
   St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere
Saturday March 28 2020 7:00 p.m.
   First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday March 29 2020 4:00 p.m.
   St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Monday March 30 2020 7:00 p.m.
   Davis Community Church, Davis

Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, Cantata 106
Schütz: Musikalische Exequien
Bruhns: Mein Herz ist bereit
Rosenmuller: Sinfonia Prima
Weckmann: Weine nicht & Canzons

Nola Richardson & Clara Rottsolk, sopranos
Nicholas Burns, countertenor
James Reese (debut) & Steven Brennfleck, tenors
Jesse Blumberg & Jared Daniel Jones (debut), baritones
American Bach Soloists • Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Steven Lehning

Pre-Concert "Insights" • Learn More About the Music
Meet the Performers, too! 

One hour prior to our "Connoisseur Series" performances, ticket holders can enjoy a free and informative lecture given by musicologist and ABS violone player, Steven Lehning, an accomplished scholar whose knowledge about the works being performed during ABS’s 31st Season is consummate. Always a favorite speaker among ABS audience members, he will share his broad and eclectic expertise about the music during these 45-minute talks that include musical examples. And solo artists from each concert will drop by to welcome you with their own insights into the program. Arrive early for the concert to prepare for an enlightened concert experience.

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