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This season, Maestro Jeffrey Thomas will conduct the period-instrument specialists of ABS, the renowned American Bach Choir, and an internationally acclaimed quartet of brilliant vocal soloists in two different concert experiences.

Our annual tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah in San Francisco’s historic Grace Cathedral perennially provides a treasured December holiday event to capacity audiences.

A Bay Area holiday tradition now in its 23rd year, ABS’s performances of Handel’s timeless work have become an essential part of the musical year for many music lovers and have attracted audiences of more than 50,000 from around the world. 

A Baroque Christmas

A Baroque Christmas in Grace Cathedral

Nola Richardson, soprano • Sarah Coit, mezzo-soprano
James Reese, tenor • Alex Rosen, bass

American Bach Soloists • American Bach Choir
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor


In this special abridged evening performance, you’ll hear the Christmas portion (Part I) of Handel’s Messiah along with music of the season by Arcangelo Corelli and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and a rousing finale including Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Handel: Messiah (Christmas portion - Part I)
Corelli: "Christmas Concerto"
Charpentier: Noëls
Handel: "Hallelujah Chorus"

Concert length is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Wednesday December 15 2021 7:30 p.m.
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

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Handel's Messiah in Grace Cathedral - American Bach Soloists

Handel's Messiah in Grace Cathedral

Nola Richardson, soprano • Sarah Coit, mezzo-soprano
James Reese, tenor • Alex Rosen, bass

American Bach Soloists • American Bach Choir
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

The finely tuned voices of the American Bach Choir and the polished sheen of sonorities brought by ABS’s period-instrument orchestra soar within the majestic interior of San Francisco’s Nob Hill landmark. 
No other Bay Area performances come close to offering the visual, aural, and emotional qualities that have made ABS’s Messiah in Grace Cathedral so superlative.

Handel: Messiah (complete)
Concert length is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Thursday December 16 2021 7:30 p.m.
Friday December 17 2021 7:30 p.m.
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco


also at the Green Music Center, Rohnert Park
Sunday December 19 2021 3:00 p.m.

Nola Richardson

Nola Richardson

soprano

Sarah Coit

Sarah Coit

mezzo-soprano

James Reese

James Reese

tenor

Alex Rosen

Alex Rosen

bass


A Baroque New Year's Eve at the Opera in Herbst Theatre - American Bach Soloists

A Baroque New Year's Eve at the Opera

Liv Redpath, soprano • Alex Rosen, bass
American Bach Soloists • Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Back by popular demand, “A Baroque New Year’s Eve at the Opera” will usher in the new year within San Francisco’s beautiful Herbst Theatre. Start an early night on the town with a delightful program of arias, duets, and instrumental music from Baroque opera and concert, with plenty of time left for more celebrations in the evening or an early return home for a peaceful night. Bring your family and friends to celebrate a New Year full of wonderful music.

Liv Redpath is one of the most promising young sopranos on the opera and concert stage today, and Alex Rosen has quickly risen to international prominence in concert, operatic, and song repertoire. Together these dynamic and vocally gifted singers will perform beautiful and thrilling excerpts from theatrical works by Handel (Giulio Cesare, Radamisto, Terpsichore, Semele, Apollo & Dafne), Purcell (King Arthur), Rameau (Hippolyte et Aricie), and Vivaldi (La fida ninfa), along with orchestral works performed by American Bach Soloists conducted by Jeffrey Thomas, who “...draws crisp, vital playing from the ace baroque instrumentalists of American Bach Soloists, who provide galvanizing vigor but also caress the gut strings of their period instruments with unusual beauty.” - Opera News

Concert length is approximately 2 hours.

Friday December 31 2021 4:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre • San Francisco

Liv Redpath, soprano

Liv Redpath
soprano

"unforgettable delicacy" - Opera West
"soaring upper range highlighted with polished crystal notes" - Opera Chaser

Liv Redpath is one of the most promising young sopranos on the opera and concert stage today. During the 2021-22 season, she returns to the Metropolitan Opera and will make her debut at Switzerland’s Verbier Festival. She has performed with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and with Sir Andrew Davis at the Edinburgh International Festival. A long list of engagements include those with The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Seattle Symphony, Cincinnati Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Scottish Opera, New York Festival of Song, Wolf Trap Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Alex Rosen, bass

Alex Rosen
bass

"richly resonant" - The New York Times
"pure-toned grace" - The Independent
"potent and virile" - Parterre

Alex Rosen has quickly risen to international prominence in concert, operatic, and song repertoire. Recent engagements include Haydn’s Creation with Orchestre National de Metz, Handel’s Radamisto with Opera Lafayette, and Bach’s Saint John Passion with Les Arts Florissants and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of William Christie. He has appeared in Handel’s Messiah with the Houston Symphony, and has sung the role of Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera, Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Les Arts Florissants, and the dual roles of Somnus/Cadmus in Handel’s Semele with Opera Philadelphia.

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P.O. Box 421986
San Francisco CA 94142

Contacts

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Phone: +1 (415) 621 7900 
Fax: +1 (415) 621 7920
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