Bach greatly admired the music of his forebears and was often criticized for his traditionalist approach to composition. Nevertheless, we find in Bach’s music many works that were forward-looking and innovative, favoring the Rococo and galant styles that were taking hold throughout Europe.
The Missa in A Major is a curious amalgam of the traditional and contemporary, featuring a pair of a relatively “new” instrument on the scene, the flauto traverso.
The Pythagorean theory of Harmonia Mundi, built on the premise that music was a central force in the creation of Earth, is given rapturous credence in Handel’s setting of the Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day, an exquisite Restoration period verse by John Dryden, England’s first Poet Laureate.
Acclaimed tenor, Aaron Sheehan, will perform Handel's melifluous setting of Look Down, Harmonious Saint, a paean to harmony by the 18th-century Irish author and poet, Newburgh Hamilton, that praises its ability to charm the soul, delight the ear, give us hope, and conquer fear.
THESE CONCERTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED
Friday May 8 2020 8:00 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere
Saturday May 9 2020 7:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday May 10 2020 4:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Monday May 11 2020 7:00 p.m.
Davis Community Church, Davis
Bach: Missa in A Major
Handel: Look Down, Harmonious Saint
Handel: Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Gabrielle Timofeeva López, alto (debut)
Aaron Sheehan, tenor • Mischa Bouvier, baritone
American Bach Soloists • American Bach Choir
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.