Press Release - American Bach Soloists - Bach's ST. JOHN PASSION

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JEFFREY THOMAS
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS PRESENT
BACH'S ST. JOHN PASSION 
IN FOUR VENUES, JANUARY 25-28
 
SAN FRANICSCO, CA, January 8, 2013 – Recognized worldwide for superb performances of Baroque masterworks, the American Bach Soloists (ABS) open their 2013 season with one of the cornerstones of the repertory: Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion. Music director Jeffrey Thomas—“unsurpassable as a Bach interpreter” (San Francisco Classical Voice)—will lead the period-instrument virtuosos of ABS and the American Bach Choir in four presentations of the 1725 version of Bach’s immensely beautiful and moving work from January 25-28, 2013, in Belvedere, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Davis.
 
Last season, ABS astonished audiences with inspired performances of an early version of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244b, that “communicated the Passion with extraordinary beauty and power” (SFCV) and left listeners blissfully transported by the experience. “I am so grateful I was there,” one patron excitedly proclaimed. Aided by an exceptional group of vocal soloists, including several returning from last year’s performances, Thomas and ABS are set to meet the very different challenges of Bach’s St. John Passion and reveal its unique virtues in definitive performances. Singing the important role of the Evangelist is Aaron Sheehan, a tenor lauded for his interpretation of the part: “The role of the Evangelist is a massively demanding one, and Sheehan maintained throughout a stern yet expressive pastoral presence that befitted the austere mood of the evening” (SFCV). The words of Christ will be sung by baritone William Sharp, an artist who has performed with ABS for more than two decades and been praised by the New York Times as “a sensitive and subtle singer” and Opera News as “downright brilliant.” Other soloists include soprano Clara Rottsolk, who “stood out for her power, dignity, and immensely sympathetic contributions” (SFCV) in last season’s performances; tenor Derek Chester, who has been praised by the New York Times for his “beautifully shaped and carefully nuanced singing”; and baritone Joshua Copeland whose lyrical artistry “could serve as a role model for singing ‘authentically’ with feeling” (SFCV). Making his ABS debut in these performances is countertenor Brennan Hall, an exciting young singer and former ABS Academy participant who recently distinguished himself in performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor at the 2012 ABS Festival & Academy.
 
A free, pre-concert lecture–“Insights”–by ABS violone player Steven Lehning will begin one hour prior to each performance.
 
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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’ direction seems just right, capturing the humanity of the music…there is no higher praise for Bach performance.”
 
 
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Press images, soloist bios, and other links are available in our online Press Room at americanbach.org/press
 
Tickets: $20 - $60
For tickets or information, please visit americanbach.org/tickets or call 415-621-7900
 
These performances are generously sponsored by Hugh Davies & Kaneez Munjee and The Estate of Philip Eisenberg.
 
 
BACH’S ST. JOHN PASSION, BWV 245 (1725 version)
Aaron Sheehan, tenor (Evangelista)
William Sharp, baritone (Christus)
Clara Rottsolk, soprano
Brennan Hall, countertenor (debut)
Derek Chester, tenor
Joshua Copeland, baritone
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor
American Bach Soloists
American Bach Choir
 
Friday, January 25, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Avenue at Golden Gate, BELVEDERE
 
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way at Dana, BERKELEY
 
Sunday, 
January 27, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street at Franklin, SAN FRANCISCO
 
Monday, 
January 28, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Davis Community Church, 412 C Street at Fourth, DAVIS

 

ABOUT AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS

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’ direction seems just right, capturing the humanity of the music…there is no higher praise for Bach performance.”

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