August 7-16 2015 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
& THE PARISIAN BAROQUE
The 2015 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy is a celebration of Bach’s French contemporaries and the splendid music of the extravagant court at Versailles.
Artistic and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas will conduct masterworks by Couperin, Rameau, Rebel, and others, including Marin Marais’ spectacular opera Sémélé, presented complete for the first time outside of Europe. From the grand to the elegantly mirthful, this exploration of the musical inspiration and wit of the French Baroque will be performed alongside Bach’s Mass in B Minor, a beloved tradition of the ABS Festival & Academy.
The concerts lectures, master classes, and colloquium of the ABS Festival & Academy provide a comprehensive, 10-day immersive experience in the music and culture of the Baroque. Join us and be seduced by the beauty and grandeur of Versailles & The Parisian Baroque.
Jeffrey Thomas directs the American Bach Soloists, the American Bach Choir, and the Academy Orchestra and Soloists, in annual performances of Bach's Mass in B Minor, large-scale instrumental and vocal works, and concerts of Baroque oratorio and opera. .
Distinguished Artist Series
These concerts feature performances by acclaimed early music specialists. Within the framework of a solo recital, instrumentalists and singers will present works with orchestral accompaniment, in programs built around themes of cultures, places, or events in history.
The American Bach Soloists Academy—the educational component of the ABS Summer Bach Festival—offers advanced conservatory-level students and emerging professionals unique opportunities to study and perform Baroque music in a multi-disciplinary learning environment.
Academy participants are featured exclusively in two days of Academy-in-Action Concerts offering chamber vocal and instrumental works by Baroque masters.
Annual engaging forums for performers and audience members alike explore a variety of topics centered on historical, artistic, and practical considerations of performing Baroque music today. (Free)
Join the members of the American Bach Soloists Academy for a series of enlightening and informative public lectures presented by the Academy faculty on a wide range of subjects centered on Festival themes. (Free)
Master Class Series
The ABS Academy opens its doors to the public to witness the artistic transformations that make Master Classes so tremendously exciting, as performers and their master teachers share their knowledge and insights. (Free)