Press Release: ABS Receives First $1 Million Gift

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Contact: Jeff McMillan
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February 25, 2016—SAN FRANCISCO, CA—American Bach Soloists (ABS) have received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to support ABS’s artistic and educational mission.
This visionary gift, the greatest single contribution in the organization’s 27-year history, enables ABS to solidify its standing as a first-rate Early Music ensemble and provides the opportunity for long-term growth and expansion.
Jeffrey Thomas, Artistic and Music Director, and co-founder of American Bach Soloists, said, “A gift of this magnitude is a testament to the value of ABS within our community, to the quality of ABS performances, and to the sustainability of our organization. We, the musicians of ABS, are deeply grateful for this profound vote of confidence in our mission and goals. And I am personally gratified to know that this important, example-setting gift will lead to the continued development of our lively performance and educational programs, and will inspire increased commitment from all of our supporters."
This gift also represents the launch of new development initiatives designed to support ABS as it rises into the next tier of revered arts organizations. 

James R. Meehan, President of the ABS Board of Directors, said, “This gift is an inspiration to the musicians of American Bach Soloists, to the organization that supports them, and to our loyal audiences. It is an investment in the future of the high-quality performances that ABS brings to the Bay Area in its subscription concerts and in the education of young professional musicians who attend the Bach Festival and Academy each summer. On behalf of the Board, I am honored that this generous donor will enable us to share these rich musical experiences with so many people.”
These funds come at a time when ABS is performing to its largest audiences to date in venues around the Bay Area and in nearby Davis, and provides robust support for the ensemble's live and recorded performances and outstanding educational initiatives.  “We are all extremely happy to receive the largest gift in ABS’s history,” said ABS Executive Director Don Scott Carpenter. “The donor’s dedication to ABS and Maestro Jeffrey Thomas, and confidence in the Board of Directors and management, goes a long way in ensuring our future. We are just so grateful.”


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.”


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