Introducing "ABS Exclusives"

These exclusive access opportunities to enjoy some of ABS's most sought-after musicians—up-close-and-personal—in private house concerts were offered to attendees of the 2017 Sparkle Gala. Most of the seats were sold the night of that event. However, we want to offer you the chance to purchase the few remaining tickets. These are wonderful musical opportunities for a treat for yourself and they make very special gifts. 

Seats will be sold on a first-come-first served basis, and the only way to do this is by calling the ABS office at:

415-621-7900 Monday through Friday • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ​

Read the details of each exclusive event below. 

Proceeds from these benefit events support the ABS Academy.

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3 p.m.​

Join ABS Academy alumnus, Metropolitan Opera National Young Artists Award Winner, former Merola participant, and soon to be SF Opera Adler Fellow in a wonderful afternoon of arias on the 59th floor of San Francisco’s One Rincon Hill in the home of James Meehan. Enjoy music, wine, and an incomparable view of the City by the Bay. Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen’s recent stellar successes have made him the talk of the town. Enjoy this wonderfully intimate recital by one of America’s most exciting young artists.

“Into the Woods”
Mary Wilson Sings Her Favorite Arias

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 4 p.m.

Revel in a feast for all the senses in this beautiful Mission Revival home, nestled atop a hill with a spectacular view of the Bay, in San Francisco’s St. Francis Wood neighborhood. You will be dazzled by a performance of one of ABS’s favorite sopranos, Mary Wilson, alongside pianist Steven Bailey, in this eclectic program of some of Mary’s favorite arias. Also enjoy scrumptious hors d'oeuvres from Delicious! Catering and a tour of host Tom Driscoll’s famous wine cellar.

Elizabeth Blumenstock
Baroque Violin Virtuoso

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 7 p.m.

Find yourself up close and personal with a solo recital and demonstration by world-renowned ABS violinist and concertmaster Elizabeth Blumenstock. Enjoy this wonderful evening of music and an opportunity to ask Elizabeth about the Baroque violin and her sensational career. Additionally, hosts Heather Findlay and Blake Aarens have offered to open their wine cellar in their Belvedere-Tiburon home for an in-depth tasting of gems from their collection, and Blake will prepare a delicious assortment of food. Together, this evening will be a perfect performance!

A Trio of Jeffrey Thomas
Award Recipients

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 4 p.m.

The Jeffrey Thomas Award is granted annually to honor, recognize, and encourage exceptionally gifted emerging professionals in the field of early music who show extraordinary promise and accomplishment. Enjoy a private command performance by three recent Award recipients in a spectacular home overlooking San Francisco’s lush Presidio Park. A wine tasting served with delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by hosts Elizabeth Bonney, Steven Lehning, and Jeffrey Thomas will compliment what promises to be a stunning concert by three virtuoso musicians—violinists Tatiana Chulochnikova and Jude Ziliak, and ‘cellist Gretchen Claassen—all discovered through the ABS Academy and all recipients of the Jeffrey Thomas Award.

William Sharp Sings Bach
in the Chapel of Grace

Friday, May 4, 2018, 7 p.m.

A treasured favorite of ABS’s audiences, William Sharp's performances of Bach’s music are legendary. In this one-of-a-kind program, William Sharp will present Bach arias that he loves, accompanied by ABS instrumentalists, and including his own personal comments about the music, the texts, and their combined meanings. The evening begins with a guided tour of the beautiful art, sculptures, frescoes, and architecture that make Grace Cathedral the place of peace and serenity that it is. Following the concert in the Chapel of Grace—one of the most magnificent yet intimate spaces in the Cathedral—those in attendance will enjoy a special reception to meet and greet our incomparable musical artist for the evening.

"Baroque in the Backyard" 
with Tanya Tomkins

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 2 p.m.

Join Bay Area favorite and acclaimed ‘cellist Tanya Tomkins in this delightful Sunday afternoon soirée featuring a performance of Bach Cello Suites in the backyard garden of Jan Goldberg & Ken Hoffman’s Tiburon home. Tanya Tomkins is known to audiences from The Hague to the homeland for her stunning interpretations of Bach, and she is co-founder of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma. Enjoy generous bites and beverages while experiencing this rare outdoor treat, shaded by lush garden trees.

For all ABS EXCLUSIVES events, please call (415) 621-7900.

Very limited availability.