Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen “possesses a remarkable gift for intimate communication … combined with a voice of velvety gentleness.” - The New York Times
Ancient Greek mythology tells us that Orpheus, the legendary musician and poet whose music and singing could charm the birds, fish, and wild beasts, is said to have moved mountains, silenced rivers, and caused trees to bend so they could hear his playing upon the lyre.
Named after Orpheus, these concerts present the sensational countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen in a program of deeply moving works that affect the soul from joyful compositions by Buxtehude and Hoffmann to Vivaldi’s brooding Stabat Mater, along with a stunning Bach triple concerto — featuring ABS Academy Alumnus and harpsichordist Gabriel Benton, violinist Tekla Cunningham, and flutist Sandra Miller — and the rich sonorities of Muffat’s Concerto Grosso.
Friday January 24 2020 8:00 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere
Saturday January 25 2020 7:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday January 26 2020 4:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Monday January 27 2020 7:00 p.m.
Davis Community Church, Davis
Vivaldi: Stabat Mater
Bach: Concerto for Flute, Violin, and Harpsichord in A Minor
Buxtehude: Jubilate Deo
Buxtehude: Sonata in D Major for Viola da gamba & Violone
J. C. Bach: Lamento Ach dass ich Wassers gnug hätte
Hoffmann: Schlage doch
Muffat: Concerto Grosso No. 5 in G Major
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor
Sandra Miller, flute • Tekla Cunningham, violin
Gabriel Benton, harpsichord
American Bach Soloists • Jeffrey Thomas, conductor
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.