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Carmelite Vespers ~ Postcards from the Grand Tour ~ Mass in B Minor (either performance)
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All events at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street at Van Ness & Market - San Francisco CA 94102
July 29, August 5, August 6, and August 7 as otherwise noted below.

Friday
July 29 2016
6:30 p.m. An Italian Journey: A Lecture by Robert Mealy
In collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of San Francisco, ABS violinist Robert Mealy will present a pre-Festival lecture about the Grand Tour and the musical legacies of Corelli, Vivaldi, and other Italian composers. Enjoy this multimedia introduction to the 2016 ABS Festival & Academy by one of the foremost performers and authorities of the music of the era.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura of San Francisco
601 Van Ness Avenue Suite F
iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it

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Friday
August 5 2016
5:00 p.m. Opening Night Gala Dinner: Dobbs Ferry of San Francisco
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8:00 p.m. Carmelite Vespers & Vivaldi's Gloria
The Festival opens on August 5, with Jeffrey Thomas conducting the period-instrument experts of ABS and the American Bach Choir in large-scale sacred works from Baroque Italy. By command of the Church, opera was forbidden when George Frideric Handel arrived in Rome in 1707. Undeterred, the young visitor from Hamburg composed elaborate and highly dramatic works for Roman Carmelite Vespers services including his tour-de-force Dixit Dominus for chorus, orchestra, and vocal soloists, and several motets including Saeviat tellus inter rigores, a setting for virtuoso soprano. Meanwhile, in Venice, Antonio Vivaldi was establishing his own lofty standards for church music at the Ospedale della Pietà. Writing for an ensemble of young women virtuoso instrumentalists and singers, his Salve Regina and Gloria are models of the Italian style, which balances poignant expression with fiery virtuosity. [more...]

St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street between Gough & Franklin
San Francisco CA 94109

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Saturday
August 6 2016
2:30 p.m. Public Colloquium: "The Grand Tour"
Join William Berger—author, lecturer, and writer/producer for the Metropolitan Opera’s radio broadcasts, and commentator on the Met’s Sirius/XM broadcasts—and the ABS Academy Faculty for a lively and informative free colloquium. This event takes place in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

FREE - Pre-Registration Requested [more information]

 
8:00 p.m. Postcards from The Grand Tour
The second night of the Festival features a collection of captivating works by Italian composers including Albinoni, Caldara, Frescobaldi, Vivaldi, and others. Each piece, a souvenir from a stop along The Grand Tour of sun-drenched Baroque Italy, will be performed by the ABS Academy Faculty, an outstanding group of artists who are all world-wide leaders of the Early Music movement. [more...]

St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street between Gough & Franklin
San Francisco CA 94109

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Sunday
August 7 2016
7:00 p.m. Bach's Mass in B Minor
Jeffrey Thomas leads the ABS Festival Orchestra and American Bach Choir in performances of Bach's Mass in B Minor on each Festival Sunday. A beloved tradition, the annual performances of this pinnacle work of the repertory feature instrumental and vocal soloists from the ABS Academy.

[This work will be repeated on Sunday August 14th in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.]

St. Mark's Lutheran Church
1111 O'Farrell Street between Gough & Franklin
San Francisco CA 94109

TICKETS $30-$72

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Monday
August 8 2016
3:00 p.m. Baroque Marathon: Academy-in-Action Concert I
The Academy-in-Action concerts showcase the talents of ABS Academy participants—the next generation of early music virtuosi—in works by Baroque masters.
FREE
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8:00 p.m.

Baroque Marathon: Academy-in-Action Concert II
The Academy-in-Action concerts showcase the talents of ABS Academy participants—the next generation of early music virtuosi—in works by Baroque masters.
FREE [more information]
 

Tuesday
August 9 2016
3:00 p.m. Master Class Series: Harpsichord
FREE [more information]
 
5:00 p.m. Lecture Series: Debra Nagy - Il Caro Sassone: Handel’s Roman Secular Works
FREE [more information]
 
8:00 p.m. Baroque Marathon: Academy-in-Action Concert III
The Academy-in-Action concerts showcase the talents of ABS Academy participants—the next generation of early music virtuosi—in works by Baroque masters.
FREE [more information]

Wednesday
August 10 2016
3:00 p.m. Master Class Series: Violin & Viola
FREE [more information]
 
5:00 p.m. Lecture Series: Robert Mealy - Graces under Pressure: Ornamentation in Corelli’s Music
FREE [more information]
 

Thursday
August 11 2016
3:00 p.m. Master Class Series: Violoncello, Viola da gamba, Violone, & Contrabass
FREE [more information]
 
5:00 p.m. Lecture Series: Corey Jamason - The Colorful World of the Castrati
FREE [more information]
 
  8:00 p.m. Handel's Parnasso in festa
Handel’s rarely performed serenata is set on the slopes of Mount Parnassus where Apollo and the nine muses oversee the marriage of the mortal Peleus and the divine Thetis, parents of the legendary hero, Achilles. Visiting familiar themes from Greek mythology—Apollo’s pursuit of the nymph Daphne, Orpheus’ descent into the Underworld, and Peleus’ taming of the shape-shifting goddess—Handel realizes the characters and their dramatic situations with vivid specificity. Admired in Handel’s day for its musical variety, the work fell from the repertory after the composer’s death. Parnasso in festa has been presented occasionally in England and Germany, but the performances under the baton of Jeffrey Thomas will be the first outside of Europe, joining the list of significant ABS Festival premieres, such as Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis in 2013 and Marin Marais’ opera Sémélé in 2015. The work, performed in Italian, will feature instrumental and vocal soloists from the ABS Academy.

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Friday
August 12 2016
3:00 p.m. Master Class Series: Winds & Brass
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5:00 p.m. Lecture Series: Steven Lehning - Vivaldi at the Pietà
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8:00 p.m. Handel's Parnasso in festa
See above (Thursday August 11).

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Saturday
August 13 2016
3:00 p.m. Master Class Series: Voice
FREE [more information]
 
5:00 p.m. Lecture Series: Kenneth Slowik - Genesis and Structure of Bach’s Mass in B Minor
FREE [more information]
 
8:00 p.m. Virtuosi of Venice & Rome
The expert period-instrumentalists of ABS take center stage for a thrilling exploration of Italian concertos for a variety of instrumental combinations that were composed for especially virtuoso players and orchestras. As an added attraction, the string players of the ABS Academy will join the ABS orchestra on stage to perform Concerti Grossi by Corelli and Geminiani with the enormous—and rarely heard—forces used by those composers in their day. [more...]

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Sunday
August 14 2016
2:00 p.m. Bach's Mass in B Minor
See above (Sunday August 7).

TICKETS $30-$89

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Programs and Artists subject to change.
 

 
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