JEFFREY THOMAS ~ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS PRESENT ALEXANDER’S FEAST FEBRUARY 26-29
Jeffrey Thomas conducts period-instrument specialists, the American Bach Choir, and vocal soloists in Handel’s 1736 ode about Alexander the Great and The Power of Music
Performances will include two interpolated instrumental concertos
Acclaimed Baroque harpist Maria Christina Cleary will make her ABS debut in
Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major
American Bach Soloists: Handel’s Alexander's Feast
Friday, February 26 2016 8:00 pm - St. Stephens Church, BELVEDERE
Saturday, February 27 2016 8:00 pm - First Congregational Church, BERKELEY
Sunday, February 28 2016 4:00 pm - St. Mark's Lutheran Church, SAN FRANCISCO
Monday, February 29 2016 7:00 pm - Davis Community Church, DAVIS
Tickets: $30-$72 / americanbach.org / (415) 621-7900
JANUARY 19, 2016--SAN FRANCISCO, CA--American Bach Soloists continue their 27th annual subscription season with four performances of Handel's powerful Alexander's Feast in the Bay Area and in Davis from February 26-29.
Based on a poem by John Dryden subtitled "The Power of Music," Handel's musical ode for orchestra, chorus, and vocal soloists recounts a banquet held by Alexander the Great in the conquered city of Persepolis. Through his performance, the musician Timotheus moves the great military commander through a course of emotions until he is compelled to seek revenge for his perished Greek soldiers, killed by the Persian King Darius III. Handel's richly scored setting expresses the narrative in a direct manner that is, at times, surprising in its intensity.
ABS Music Director Jeffrey Thomas leads the period-instrument virtuosi of ABS, the American Bach Choir, and a trio of vocal soloists in this evening-length work of some of Handel's most ambitious and glorious music. The American Bach Choir, praised for "its round and transparent tone" by San Francisco Classical Voice, will perform the thrilling choruses that punctuate the work, such as "The many rend the skies" and "Let old Timotheus yield the prize." Along with the commentary provided by the choruses, the composer assigns Dryden's narrative to three soloists who relate the power of music to excite Alexander's passions in a series of expressive recitatives and arias that amplify the effect of the words. The vocal soloists for Alexander's Feast will be soprano Anna Gorbachyova (making her ABS debut) whose "captivating presentation with effortless coloratura" was praised by the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Grammy winning tenor Aaron Sheehan who "set a standard for exposed, emotional singing" according to the Berkshire Review, and esteemed baritone William Sharp, "a sensitive and subtle singer" (The New York Times).
Following Handel's tradition of inserting instrumental concertos between the work's different parts, ABS will interpolate the composer's Concerto Grosso in C Major and his Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major. Acclaimed early music harpist Maria Christina Cleary, "a pioneer of period harp practice" (The Oregonian), will make her ABS debut as the soloist in the harp concerto. The “ace baroque instrumentalists of American Bach Soloists” (Opera News), will perform Handel’s Concerto Grosso in C Major to open the second half of the program.
Single Tickets: $30-$72
Tickets for ABS subscribers $26-$61
Discounted tickets available for students (21 and under with Valid ID). Please call the ABS Office, (415) 621-7900.
CALENDAR EDITORS PLEASE NOTE
American Bach Soloists present Alexander's Feast
Handel: Alexander's Feast
Handel: Concerto Grosso in C Major
Handel: Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major
Anna Gorbachyova, soprano [Debut]
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
William Sharp, baritone
Maria Christina Cleary, harp [Debut]
American Bach Soloists
American Bach Choir
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor
Friday, February 26 2016 8:00 pm
St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Avenue BELVEDERE
Saturday, February 27 2016 8:00 pm
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, BERKELEY
Sunday, February 28 2016 4:00 pm
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell Street, SAN FRANCISCO
Monday, February 29 2016 7:00 pm
Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, DAVIS
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