Press Release: ABS Presents Bach's Birthday Concert March 18 2016

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Contact: Jeff McMillan
(415) 621-7900 ext. 204

Organist and ABS co-founder Jonathan Dimmock performs
all-J.S. Bach organ concert in San Francisco on March 18

American Bach Soloists presents Bach’s Birthday Concert
Jonathan Dimmock, organ
Friday, March 18 2016 St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Tickets $25 / / (415) 6231-7900
FEBRUARY 23, 2016--SAN FRANCISCO--To honor their namesake's March 21 birthday and celebrate March 2016 as Early Music Month, the American Bach Soloists announce a special concert on March 18 by organist and ABS co-founder Jonathan Dimmock.
An internationally acclaimed recitalist, Dimmock is currently the organist for the San Francisco Symphony and principal organist at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. He holds the unique distinction of having been the only American to be an Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey and is one of the few organists in the world to tour on six continents. Dimmock will perform an all-Bach program that celebrates the master's genius as composer for "the king of instruments." Performing on one of the Bay Area's most treasured tracker organs, he will perform favorites such as the E Minor Prelude & Fugue ("Wedge") and the Toccata & Fugue in D Minor (“Dorian”), along with a few lesser-known yet brilliant works.
March 2016 is “Early Music Month,” a new, nationwide, grassroots initiative sponsored by Early Music America to highlight the artistry and contributions of Early Music performers, scholars, and instrument builders. In celebration of the occasion, ABS is pleased to showcase the music of Johann Sebastian Bach with this special concert. #EarlyMusicMonth2016
Tickets: $25
Discounted tickets available for students (21 and under with Valid ID). Please call the ABS Office, (415) 621-7900.
American Bach Soloists presents:
Toccata & Fugue in D Minor (“Dorian”)
Prelude & Fugue in E Minor (“Wedge”)
"Jig" Fugue in G Major
and other works
Jonathan Dimmock, organ
Friday, March 18 2016 8:00 pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, SAN FRANCISCO


  ABS Bach's Birthday Concert

The American Bach Soloists engage and inspire audiences through historically informed performances, recordings, and educational programs that emphasize the music of the Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic eras. Founded in 1989, the ensemble has achieved its vision of assembling the world’s finest vocalists and period-instrument performers to bring this brilliant music to life. For more than two decades, Jeffrey Thomas has brought thoughtful, meaningful, and informed perspectives to his performances as Artistic and Music Director of the American Bach Soloists. Fanfare Magazine proclaimed that “Thomas’s direction seems just right, capturing the humanity of the music…there is no higher praise for Bach performance.”


Renowned for his experience, knowledge and sensitivity for the music of the Baroque, Jeffrey Thomas’s preparation of the major works of the repertory such as Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St. Matthew Passion, and Handel’s Messiah have led to inspired, definitive performances that have become synonymous with the ensemble he has led with such distinction, American Bach Soloists. San Francisco Classical Voice said, “Jeffrey Thomas is still pushing the musical Baroque envelope.” Before devoting all of his time to conducting, he was one of the first recipients of the San Francisco Opera Company's prestigious Adler Fellowships. Cited by The Wall Street Journal as “a superstar among oratorio tenors,” Mr. Thomas's extensive discography of vocal music includes dozens of recordings of major works for Decca, EMI, Erato, Koch International Classics, Denon, Harmonia Mundi, Smithsonian, Newport Classics, and Arabesque. He is a Professor of Music at the University of California, Davis, where he holds the Barbara K. Jackson Chair in Choral Conducting. Mr. Thomas currently hosts two shows on one of the nation's premiere classical music radio stations, KDFC, the most recent major commercial classical station in America to make the transition to public radio. Through worldwide streaming audio, he brings his experience and love for baroque and choral music to a global audience. [more...]
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