During the course of the program, students and faculty present public concerts as part of the American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy including programs of chamber music, “Academy-in-Action” performances, a concert-version Baroque opera or oratorio and annual performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, which include the participation of the American Bach Choir. Additional Academy events provide opportunities for collaboration with other arts organizations through colloquia and special performances.
Each day during the multi-week program, students will work in a master class environment with their teachers, rehearse ensemble works in collaboration with their new colleagues, and prepare for chamber performances and large-scale productions in which Academy participants perform along with the faculty, working side-by-side. Most afternoons include presentations by faculty members on a variety of relevant topics including performance practice, Baroque studies, and historical contexts. Additionally, Forums are offered in career development, recording and technology skills, and Feldenkrais for musicians. In addition to the concert programs, many Academy events—including select master classes, faculty lectures, and colloquia—are open to the public.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PREVIOUS ACADEMIES
2018 - Handel: Semele
2017 - Purcell: King Arthur
2016 – Handel: Parnasso in festa (American premiere)
2015 – Marais: Sémélé (first performances outside Europe)
2014 – Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
2013 – Handel: Esther & Biber: Missa Salisburgensis (North American premiere)
2012 – Rameau: Pygmalion / Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
2011 – Handel: Ariodante
2010 – Handel: La Resurrezione