Love & Transformation

February 21–24 2025

Love and Transformation

HANDEL Acis and Galatea

Hélène Brunet • soprano (Galatea)
James Reese • tenor (Acis)

Mischa Bouvier • bass (Polyphemus)
Michael Jankosky • tenor (Damon)
American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas • conductor

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When & Where

Friday February 21 2025 8:00 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere

Saturday February 22 2025 7:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Sunday February 23 2025 4:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco

Monday February 24 2025 7:00 p.m.
Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, Davis

The program will last approximately 1 hour & 45 minutes including one intermission.

About the Music

From Greek mythology and Ovid's Metamorphoses comes the bittersweet love story of Galatea, a sea-nymph, and Acis, a shepherd from Sicily. They fell madly in love, but the one-eyed cyclops Polyphemus, upon seeing the couple lying beside the sea, wanted Galatea for his own, crushing Acis with a boulder. Heartbroken but determined to not let their love die, Galatea transformed the defeated Acis into an immortal river spirit.

Handel composed his beautiful pastoral opera, Acis and Galatea, during his first years in London as a young man. Famous for its exquisite arias, Jeffrey Thomas and a quartet of superlative singers will bring this treasure to life. 

James Reese

James Reese


Hélène Brunet

Hélène Brunet


Mischa Bouvier

Mischa Bouvier


Michael Jankosky

Michael Jankosky



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