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Jeffrey Thomas - Artistic Director

2010 - 2011 San Francisco • Belvedere • Berkeley • Davis


2010-2011 Our 22nd Season


Join us this concert season for some of our favorite music and discover exciting new works we know our audiences will love. You’ll hear two recently discovered Baroque treasures: the West Coast premiere of Antonio Lotti’s Mass for Three Choirs, and the first US performance of a recorder concerto by Telemann. And next summer, look for the return of our Academy at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music when ABS joins the next generation of early music virtuosi in exciting collaborations, faculty and student recitals, and a performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. — Jeffrey Thomas


Handel’s Messiah A Bay Area Holiday Tradition

ARIANNA ZUKERMAN soprano JENNIFER LANE alto WESLEY ROGERS tenor JAMES MADDALENA baritone American Bach Choir

This season, ABS presents the final version of Handel’s Messiah as conducted by its composer in 1754. A stellar quartet of vocal soloists and the superbly polished American Bach Choir join the period instrument specialists of American Bach Soloists under the adroit musical direction of Jeffrey Thomas for one of Northern California’s most treasured holiday traditions. Thursday 16 December 2010 7:30 pm Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Friday 17 December 2010 7:30 pm Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Saturday 18 December 2010 7:30 pm Mondavi Center, UC Davis

»» Please note that tickets for Messiah at UC Davis must be ordered directly from the Mondavi Center Box Office: (530) 754-ARTS

These performances are generously sponsored by Kim & Judith Maxwell.

American Bach Soloists are grateful for ongoing support from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.


Now Does the Glorious Day Appear Music for the Royal Women of Britannia

Purcell Now Does the Glorious Day Appear Come, Ye Sons of Art

Handel Te Deum in D Major Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne “Eternal Source of Light Divine” ELIZABETH WEIGLE soprano IAN HOWELL countertenor CLIFTON MASSEY countertenor AARON SHEEHAN tenor JESSE BLUMBERG baritone American Bach Choir

Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel took great joy in composing music for their royal patrons, Queens Mary II of England, Anne of Great Britain, and Caroline of Ansbach. Join ABS, the American Bach Choir, and a quintet of splendid vocal soloists for a rare treat of sumptuous music! Friday 25 February 2011 8:00 pm St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere

Saturday 26 February 2011 8:00 pm First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Sunday 27 February 2011 7:00 pm St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco

Monday 28 February 2011 8:00 pm Davis Community Church, Davis Free Pre-Concert “INSIGHTS” by UC Berkeley professor Kate van Orden begin one hour prior to each performance. These performances are generously sponsored by Angela Hilt & Blake Reinhardt. The Davis performance is generously sponsored by John & Lois Crowe and Richard & Shipley Walters.


April Follies

Brilliant Secular Treasures by Bach & Telemann Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten “Wedding Cantata” Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht “Coffee Cantata” Telemann “Ode on the Death of a Pet Canary” Concerto in G Minor for Recorder (US Premiere) YULIA VAN DOREN soprano JOSHUA COPELAND baritone JOHANNA NOVOM violin JUDITH LINSENBERG recorder

Bach had a tremendous sense of humor! His famous “Coffee Cantata” shows the Leipzig Meister to be a man of wit and comedy, and as au courant as any other. Three of our most brilliant ABS Young Artist Competition prizewinners and the Bay Area’s own virtuoso, Judith Linsenberg, will collaborate with the ABS orchestra in the best and brightest secular music by Bach and Telemann, including the ridiculously absurd “Ode on the Death of a Pet Canary” and the US premiere of Telemann’s recently discovered Concerto in G Minor for Recorder and Strings. Friday 1 April 2011 8:00 pm St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere

Saturday 2 April 2011 8:00 pm

First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Sunday 3 April 2011 7:00 pm

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco

Monday 4 April 2011 8:00 pm Davis Community Church, Davis

Free Pre-Concert “INSIGHTS” by Jeffrey Thomas begin one hour prior to each performance. These performances are generously sponsored by Jan Goldberg. The Belvedere performance is generously sponsored by Wendy Buchen.


Bach & Lotti A West Coast Premiere

Bach Magnificat in D Major Lotti Mass for Three Choirs (West Coast Premiere) The 2010-2011 Season Finale will bring to the West Coast the premiere of a work that was discovered just a decade ago: the Mass for Three Choirs by the Venetian master Antonio Lotti. ABS maestro Jeffrey Thomas—recognized worldwide as one of the foremost interpreters of the music of Bach and the Baroque—will lead the celebrated American Bach Choir in this ravishing music from the great tradition of San Marco’s maestri di cappella, paired with one of J.S. Bach’s most joyous and universally popular works, the Magnificat in D Major. Friday 6 May 2011 8:00 pm

St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere

Saturday 7 May 2011 8:00 pm First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Sunday 8 May 2011 7:00 pm St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco

Monday 9 May 2011 8:00 pm Davis Community Church, Davis

Free Pre-Concert “INSIGHTS” by CSU Sacramento lecturer Steven Lehning begin one hour prior to each performance. These performances are generously sponsored by Hugh Davies & Kaneez Munjee and Jose & Carol Alonso. The Davis performance is generously sponsored by Jim & Jennifer Steelquist.


Founded in 1989, the American Bach Soloists continue to introduce audiences to the masterworks of Bach and his contemporaries, as well as little-known gems from the Baroque and Early Classical eras, through historically informed performances by period instrument specialists and leading vocal interpreters of Baroque music. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jeffrey Thomas, the ensemble has become a veritable “Who’s Who” of early music specialists and has been called “superbly musical” by Gramophone magazine. ABS’ virtuoso performances, noted for their “sounds of remarkable transparency and body” (SF Chronicle), have earned them recognition as “the best American specialists in early music” (The Washington Post).

“a flawless ensemble…a level of musical finesse one rarely encounters” The Wall Street Journal “ABS is a rare, perhaps unique, organization that does something highly specialized and quite esoteric that still involves (and delights) a general audience…the houses were full and the concerts were rich, rewarding, and well received.” Marin Independent Journal


americanbach.org/education FREE MASTER CLASSES ABS will present three Master Classes in collaboration with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, during our 2010-2011 Season. All Master Classes are free and open to the public. No tickets or advance reservations are required.

Jeffrey Thomas conductor Wednesday 16 February 2011 7:30 pm Kate van Orden bassoon Wednesday 16 March 2011 7:30 pm Janet See flute Tuesday 5 April 2011 7:30 pm San Francisco Conservatory of Music 50 Oak Street at Van Ness San Francisco CA 94102

FREE PRE-CONCERT “INSIGHTS” Learn more about the program! One hour prior to each performance from February through May, enjoy a free and informative lecture given by ABS musicians.

FREE ANNUAL CHORAL WORKSHOPS Each year, ABS presents a Choral Workshop designed specifically for experienced choral singers. Within a rehearsal environment under the leadership of ABS Artistic Director Jeffrey Thomas, historically informed performance practice and aesthetics regarding Baroque vocal technique, phrasing, tempos, choral balance, and rhetoric are examined and cultivated in a musically enlightening and enriching event.

Saturday 29 January 2011 10:00 am to 4:00 pm St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco

The workshop is provided completely free of charge, but space is limited so early registration is encouraged. For more information, please visit: americanbach.org/workshop

FREE TICKETS FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS All K-12 music educators are invited to attend one of our concerts free of charge in exchange for their input regarding our educational programs. And each educator may purchase one additional companion ticket at 50% off. For more information, please call (415) 621-7900 or go to:

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ABS WEB SITE - americanbach.org Our excellent web site features over 200 artist biographies, links to program notes and concert repertory details, and options to listen to or purchase our celebrated series of critically acclaimed recordings. Additionally, you will find information about how you can help ABS by volunteering, providing financial support, or purchasing ads in our concert program booklets. Educational resources are available, including information about early instruments, our education and outreach programs, and links to other organizations.


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In July 2010, the American Bach Soloists inaugurated North America’s newest and most elite summer training program for advanced conservatory-level students and emerging professionals in the field of Historically Informed Performance Practice. The American Bach Soloists ACADEMY—held in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s exquisite new facilities in the heart of the city’s arts district—offers nearly two weeks of public events that present the celebrated artists of the American Bach Soloists performing side-by-side with the next generation of early music virtuosi. •

Faculty “SummerFest” Concerts • Free Public Master Classes and Lectures • “Music and Dance” Colloquia • Academy-in-Action Performances • Handel’s Ariodante • Bach’s Mass in B Minor

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Now Does the Glorious Day Appear

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Sun 27 Feb 7:00 pm

Mon 28 Feb 8:00 pm

April Follies

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Sat 2 Apr 8:00 pm

Sun 3 Apr 7:00 pm

Mon 4 Apr 8:00 pm

Bach & Lotti

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Sat 7 May 8:00 pm

Sun 8 May 7:00 pm

Mon 9 May 8:00 pm

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SAN FRANCISCO Grace Cathedral 1100 California Street

SAN FRANCISCO St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 1111 O’Farrell Street

BERKELEY First Congregational Church 2345 Channing Way at Dana

DAVIS Davis Community Church 412 C Street at Fourth

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