ABS Exclusives 2020

“ABS Exclusives” are opportunities for patrons to meet, greet, and hear ABS musicians and ABS Academy alumni in up-close-and-personal house concert events. Limited to 25 seats or less on each date, “ABS Exclusives” include a concert, hors d’oeuvres, and plenty of wine. Following the concert, audience members have an opportunity to visit with the musicians on a one-on-one basis.

Hélène Brunet
soprano

Steven Bailey
piano

Jesse Blumberg
baritone

Tekla Cunningham
violin

Corey Jamason
harpsichord

Hélène Brunet, soprano & Steven Bailey, piano

Sunday January 19 2020 4:00 p.m.

Presented at the Orinda home of Jose & Carol Alonso


Canadian soprano Hélène Brunet—possessing ”a voice of perfect beauty and a radiant stage presence” (L’Opéra, Revue Québécoise d’Art Lyrique)—enthralled ABS audiences in Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion last season. Together with the superb accompanist Steven Bailey, she will present a recital of music that she loves including works in English, French, and German by Edvard Grieg, André Previn, and others.

“Into the Woods”

Sunday February 23 2020 4:00 p.m.

Presented at the San Francisco home of Tom Driscoll & Nancy Quinn


Revel in a feast for all the senses in a beautiful Mission Revival home nestled atop a hill in San Francisco’s St. Francis Wood neighborhood with a spectacular view of the Bay. Enjoy a private tasting tour of Tom Driscoll’s famous wine cellar and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres from Delicious! Catering following a splendid musicale offered by ABS Academy alumni.

Jesse Blumberg, baritone & Steven Bailey, piano

Sunday March 22 2020 4:00 p.m.

Presented at the San Francisco home of Elizabeth Wilson


A favorite of ABS audiences for his performances of Handel’s Messiah in Grace Cathedral and Bach’s Passions, Jesse Blumberg’s “focused baritone is perfect for German lieder, with its finely honed, luminous timbres” (Washington Post). Acclaimed for his “golden tone” by The New York Times, he will present Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis cycle on nine poems by Heinrich Heine along with a selection of songs by one of the first American composers of international renown, Charles Ives.

Tekla Cunningham, violin & Corey Jamason, harpsichord

Sunday May 3 2020 4:00 p.m.

Presented at the Belvedere home of Heather Findlay


ABS principal violinist Tekla Cunningham—whose playing has been described as “ravishingly beautiful” and “stellar”—will be joined by ABS harpsichordist Corey Jamason in a program of works composed by renowned Dresden composers Pisendel and Veracini, who were famously competitive. The city was also the stage of another notorious duel between harpsichordists Bach and Marchand, who fled the scene rather than face Bach’s keyboard genius. Works by both will be performed.

“Baroque in the Backyard”

Sunday June 7 2020 4:00 p.m.

Presented at the Belvedere-Tiburon home of Jan Goldberg & Ken Hoffman


Enjoy a delightful Sunday afternoon soirée in the backyard garden of Jan Goldberg & Ken Hoffman’s Tiburon home. Savor generous bites and beverages while experiencing this rare outdoor treat, shaded by lush garden trees. A chamber ensemble of ABS musicians will provide the afternoon’s harmonious entertainment!