Press Release: ABS Presents "Baroque Marathon" August 10 & 11 2015

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

Three Sessions Showcasing Emerging Talent Open Second Week of
ABS Festival & Academy
Music of J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Clérambault, Marais, Mouliné, Schmieier,
Telemann, Zelenka, and many others
2015 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Baroque Marathon, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Session I: Monday, August 10 3:00 p.m.
Session II: Monday, August 10 8:00 p.m.
Session III: Tuesday, August 11 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free / / (415) 621-7900
July 8, 2015—SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The American Bach Soloists (ABS) are pleased to announce a Baroque Marathon to kick off the second week of the 2015 ABS Festival & Academy at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This event entails three sessions of Baroque favorites and lesser-known gems in two days, beginning August 10 at 3:00 p.m. and concluding on August 11 with a session devoted to the music of J.S. Bach and Marin Marais. Featuring instrumental and vocal soloists from the ABS Academy performing a stunning array of seventeenth and eighteenth century works, the Baroque Marathon is free and open to the public.
Formerly known as the Academy-In-Action Series, the Baroque Marathon presents an opportunity for Academy musicians and audiences to experience a rich repertory of works in a focused, two-day immersion. Along with the myriad chamber works, each session will also feature works for larger ensembles of instrumentalists and vocalists.
Maximizing the sense of discovery, the Marathon integrates three discrete sessions of Baroque music into two intense forays into the musical delights of the age. Session I begins at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 10 and will include approximately three hours of music. Following a two-hour dinner break, Session II begins promptly at 8:00 p.m. The programs will include intimate French motets by Mouliné and several motets composed by Clérambault for the nuns at the Royal Convent School at Saint-Cyr; a cantata for 5 voices, trumpets, and strings by Buxtehude; High Baroque chamber works from the Court of Dresden by Zelenka, Fasch, and Graun; quartets and trios by Telemann; many arias from cantatas by J.S. Bach; and music from Johann Abraham Schmierer’s Zodiaci musici.
The Baroque Marathon continues on Tuesday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. with a third session featuring Cantata 131 and a splendid selection of vocal works by J.S. Bach along with a suite of dances from Marais’ 1709 opera Sémélé. One of Bach’s earliest surviving cantatas, Aus der Tiefen ruf ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131, will be presented in its entirety with ABS Music Director Jeffrey Thomas conducting an ensemble of vocal and instrumental soloists from the ABS Academy. A generous selection of vocal highlights from Bach’s cantatas will follow with small ensembles performing sixteen arias by the master. As a sneak preview to the ABS Festival & Academy performances of Marais' Sémélé on August 13 & 14, the Academy Orchestra will perform a series of buoyant and kinetic dances from the opera.
Now in its sixth season, the Academy, ABS’s elite program for training the next generation of early music virtuosi, offers advanced conservatory-level students and emerging professionals the unique opportunity to study and perform Baroque music in a multi-disciplinary learning environment with a faculty made up of members of ABS. The Academy operates in parallel with the annual ABS Festival—San Francisco’s Summer Bach Festival—and Academy participants enjoy opportunities to perform in Festival concerts including the annual performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Additionally, these musicians command the spotlight during the Baroque Marathon.
Admission to each session of the Baroque Marathon is free. Suggested donation for each night is $10.
2015 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy, August 7-16
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street (at Van Ness and Market)
Full schedule available at
August 10 & 11 Baroque Marathon,
Session I: Monday, August 10 3:00 p.m.
Session II: Monday, August 10 8:00 p.m.
Session III: Tuesday, August 11 8:00 p.m.
All three Sessions of the Baroque Marathon are free and open to the public
For more information, please visit, email, or call (415) 621-7900
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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