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2018-2019
Our 30th Season

Beginning with the 2018 Festival & Academy — featuring music from the opulent court of Dresden, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and Handel’s Semele — and continuing through an all-Bach season of Brandenburg Concertos, Favorite Cantatas, and the Saint Matthew Passion, the American Bach Soloists 30th Season commemorates the core of ABS’s rich history through stunning performances of works that represent the finest of the Baroque era. Grand special events including the Sparkle 2018 Gala and A Baroque New Year’s Eve at the Opera, a glamorous evening of stars in San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, make this an unparalleled celebratory season of the organization’s past, present, and future.

For three decades, a synthesis of the musical and expressive gifts of some of the world’s most distinguished Baroque Music experts and new generations of young virtuosi has inspired audiences far and wide through polished, insightful, and revelatory performances. Together, and through the mentoring and curatorship of Jeffrey Thomas — “capturing the humanity of the music” (Fanfare Magazine) — American Bach Soloists have cultivated an internationally appreciated and cherished ensemble of extraordinary musicians.

Jeffrey Thomas
MUSIC DIRECTOR

“For 30 years my life and soul have been blessed by the amazing musicians, audiences, and benefactors of ABS. They have enabled us all to cherish, polish, and preserve some of the greatest examples of Musical Art from a period in history that was distinguished by grace, detail, and palpable expressions of humanity. I am so utterly grateful.”

Hélène Brunet
SOPRANO

“It is the most precious gift for a singer in the early stages of her career to be taken under the wing of a conductor of such immense quality as Jeffrey Thomas as well as to be afforded such a unique platform to bloom as an artist in the company of his incredibly refined orchestra. Performing with ABS is always a highlight for me, and I cherish this unparalleled musical relationship!”

Sandra Ogden
FOUNDER

“The most rewarding experience I have been fortunate to have, beyond the care and nurture of my family, was helping present to the world the incomparable talents of Jeffrey Thomas and his extraordinary music-makers. I am delighted to watch ABS flourish and celebrate 30 years of sharing its inspiring performances with the community.”

Elizabeth Blumenstock
VIOLINIST & LEADER

“I consider my 30 years with ABS to be among the most rewarding parts of my entire career – loving the music of Bach as I do, what a long and wonderful opportunity this has turned out to be! But the icing on the cake is working with Jeffrey, who brings his profound understanding, meticulousness, and care to literally every phrase, every note, building the most nuanced performances of this repertoire I have experienced.”

Don Scott Carpenter
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

“Every time I witness Jeffrey give the downbeat at a performance, I am reminded what a joy it is to oversee the administrative functions necessary to support such a worthwhile endeavor. ABS is a rare gem in the Bay Area, and I am so pleased to serve the cultural needs of our community.”

Kwei & Michele Ü
FOUNDING DONORS

“The exceptional beauty of the first American Bach Soloists concert we heard during their inaugural season inspired us to support this outstanding ensemble in every way we could. Thirty years later the outstanding artistry of the ABS musicians under Jeffrey’s leadership continues to inspire us to support their magnificent music.”

James R. Meehan & Hugh Davies
BOARD PRESIDENTS 2009-2018

“During our terms as president, ABS has provided us with the opportunity to serve one of the finest performing ensembles in the world, nurturing its artistic, financial, and future well-being. The responsibility is humbling, but the rewards are elating.”

Daniel Turkos
CONTRABASS

“ABS’s continued dedication to honor composers through passionate performance is what made me fully realize my love for early music and helped me — a bassist who plays everything from Bach to Bluegrass — focus my career on understanding and performing the Baroque repertoire. The seeds that ABS has cultivated in my life will be with me forever.”

“The American Bach Soloists again showed its willingness to take risks, investigate interesting corners of the repertory, and shed new light on well-known masterpieces.”


“We can (and should) be grateful that there are people like Jeffrey Thomas and his band of musicians: the singers and instrumentalists of the American Bach Soloists, whose sole purpose (and soul purpose) it is to create and maintain beauty.”


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