Calendar: August 5–11, 2019

Monday, August 5

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
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Master Class in harpsichord. The ABS Academy opens its doors to the public to witness the artistic transformations that make Master Classes so tremendously exciting, as performers and their master teachers share their knowledge and insights.

3 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Free public lecture. Join the members of the American Bach Soloists Academy for a series of enlightening and informative public lectures presented by the Academy faculty on a wide range of subjects centered on Festival themes. John Thiessen will discuss “The Baroque Trumpet: Issues of Authenticity and Rhetoric.”

5 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Clerambault squareFree “Baroque Marathon” concert I: chamber music. The American Bach Soloists Academy—the educational component of the ABS Summer Bach Festival—offers advanced conservatory-level students and emerging professionals unique opportunities to study and perform Baroque music in a multi-disciplinary learning environment. Academy participants are featured exclusively in these programs of Academy-in-Action ”Baroque Marathon” Concerts.

7 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org


Tuesday, August 6

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Master Class in upper strings. The ABS Academy opens its doors to the public to witness the artistic transformations that make Master Classes so tremendously exciting, as performers and their master teachers share their knowledge and insights.

3 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Free public lecture. Join the members of the American Bach Soloists Academy for a series of enlightening and informative public lectures presented by the Academy faculty on a wide range of subjects centered on Festival themes. Jeffrey Thomas will discuss “Explorations: Great Music Thrives (Modern Transformations of Works from the Baroque).”

5 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Bach Explorations: “Bach to Bluegrass & Beyond” For centuries, Bach’s timeless music has influenced and enlightened listeners and performers alike. Utilizing it as a source of harmonic and melodic content, musicians from all genres have adapted and drawn inspiration from Bach’s artistry. “Bach to Bluegrass & Beyond” explores themes from the Brandenburg Concertos, cantatas, and more in folk and jazz idioms. Be prepared to tap your toes and experience Bach in a new way. With Kit Massey, piano; Gail Hernández Rosa, violin; Daniel Turkos, bass; Sebastián Quintero, guitar; and Al Mireault, banjo.

7 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
$35 General Admission
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org


Wednesday, August 7

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Master Class in lower strings. The ABS Academy opens its doors to the public to witness the artistic transformations that make Master Classes so tremendously exciting, as performers and their master teachers share their knowledge and insights.

3 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Free public lecture. Join the members of the American Bach Soloists Academy for a series of enlightening and informative public lectures presented by the Academy faculty on a wide range of subjects centered on Festival themes. Debra Nagy will discuss “Poetic Performance: Making the Most of Rhetoric and Musical Gestures.”

5 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Bach Explorations: “Bach Re-imagined” For centuries, Bach’s timeless music has influenced and enlightened listeners and performers alike. Utilizing it as a source of harmonic and melodic content, musicians from all genres have adapted and drawn inspiration from Bach’s artistry. “Bach Re-imagined” explores the sonorities of instruments outside the realm of the Baroque, drawing upon the richness of Bach transcriptions and the new repertoire they provide for performers. With Andrew Barnhart, baritone saxophone; Jon Manness, trumpet; Kit Massey, piano; Al Mireault, banjo; Tim Padgett, marimba; Gail Hernández Rosa, violin; and Daniel Turkos, double bass.

7 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
$30 General Admission
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org


Thursday, August 8

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Master Class in winds and brass. The ABS Academy opens its doors to the public to witness the artistic transformations that make Master Classes so tremendously exciting, as performers and their master teachers share their knowledge and insights.

3 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Free public lecture. Join the members of the American Bach Soloists Academy for a series of enlightening and informative public lectures presented by the Academy faculty on a wide range of subjects centered on Festival themes. Robert Mealy will discuss “Handel’s Muse: Marie Sallé and the Premiere of Terpsicore.”

5 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org

American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy
Handel, Terpsicore; Bach, “Trauerode,” and Lotti, “Mass for Three Choirs.” Terpsicore is the only opera prologue composed by Handel. It was premiered in 1734 as the opening to Il Pastor Fido, an opera that contained some of the best music from at least a half dozen previous operas and serenatas. In praise of Apollo, Erato (the muse of music), and Terpsicore (the muse of dance), its performance featured two of Handel’s greatest singers (castrato Giovanni Carestini and soprano Anna Maria Strada) and the celebrated Marie Sallé. Arias, duets, choruses, and dance music permeate this wonderful opéra-ballet. Bach’s hauntingly beautiful “Trauerode” was composed to celebrate one of the great heroines of Baroque Germany. Christiane Eberhardine, wife of August II the Strong, was beloved in Bach’s time for her faithfulness to Saxony that resulted in self-imposed exile in order to uphold her religious beliefs. This rare and purely secular work proclaims her magnificence and destiny for “Eternity’s sapphiric house.” While the title of Lotti’s captivating “Mass for Three Choirs” can be misleading, it is a work composed for more than 20 independent vocal and instrumental parts, often organized in as many as five different and separated groups, drawing upon the Venetian tradition of polychoral, or cori spezzati, works from the time of the great composers at San Marco. Academy participants are featured in both of these performances.

8 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
50 Oak St., San Francisco
$38–$98
Tickets online or 800-595-4849
Email: info@americanbach.org


Friday, August 9

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Master Class in voice. The ABS Academy opens its doors to the public to witness the artistic transformations that make Master Classes so tremendously exciting, as performers and their master teachers share their knowledge and insights.

3 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Free public lecture. Join the members of the American Bach Soloists Academy for a series of enlightening and informative public lectures presented by the Academy faculty on a wide range of subjects centered on Festival themes. Kenneth Slowik will discuss “Cori spezzati: Antiphonal music from Gabrieli to Lotti.”

5 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org

American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy
Handel, Terpsicore; Bach, “Trauerode,” and Lotti, “Mass for Three Choirs.” Terpsicore is the only opera prologue composed by Handel. It was premiered in 1734 as the opening to Il Pastor Fido, an opera that contained some of the best music from at least a half dozen previous operas and serenatas. In praise of Apollo, Erato (the muse of music), and Terpsicore (the muse of dance), its performance featured two of Handel’s greatest singers (castrato Giovanni Carestini and soprano Anna Maria Strada) and the celebrated Marie Sallé. Arias, duets, choruses, and dance music permeate this wonderful opéra-ballet. Bach’s hauntingly beautiful “Trauerode” was composed to celebrate one of the great heroines of Baroque Germany. Christiane Eberhardine, wife of August II the Strong, was beloved in Bach’s time for her faithfulness to Saxony that resulted in self-imposed exile in order to uphold her religious beliefs. This rare and purely secular work proclaims her magnificence and destiny for “Eternity’s sapphiric house.” While the title of Lotti’s captivating “Mass for Three Choirs” can be misleading, it is a work composed for more than 20 independent vocal and instrumental parts, often organized in as many as five different and separated groups, drawing upon the Venetian tradition of polychoral, or cori spezzati, works from the time of the great composers at San Marco. Academy participants are featured in both of these performances.

8 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
50 Oak St., San Francisco
$38–$98
Tickets online or 800-595-4849
Email: info@americanbach.org

West Edge Opera
Cristoph Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice, featuring an all-female cast and a creative team consisting entirely of women and non-binary artists. The Orfeo myth is one of the most ubiquitous stories in western culture and we are proud to tell it with voices that have been excluded for far too long. KJ Dahlaw directs and choreographs with Christine Brandes conducting Gluck’s score. The role Orfeo will be performed by mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz; her lover Euridice will be sung by Soprano Maria Valdes, and Soprano Shawnette Sulker sings the role of Amore. The will be performed in Italian with English surtitles.

8:30 PM
The Bridge Yard
210 Burma Rd, Oakland
$19–$125
https://www.westedgeopera.org/2019/orfeo


Saturday, August 10

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
Free “Baroque Marathon” concert II: Bach Arias. The American Bach Soloists Academy—the educational component of the ABS Summer Bach Festival—offers advanced conservatory-level students and emerging professionals unique opportunities to study and perform Baroque music in a multi-disciplinary learning environment. Academy participants are featured exclusively in these programs of Academy-in-Action ”Baroque Marathon” Concerts.

2 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
“Coffee House Concert” – Informal performances by ABS Academy participants borrow from an “open mic” concept that provides a forum for musicians and observers alike to enjoy a relaxing and unpredictable evening that is sure to please. The Conservatory’s Café Crème will be open to offer hot and cold beverages for purchase that can be enjoyed in the Conservatory’s Salon concert space.

7 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak St., San Francisco
Free
800-595-4849, info@americanbach.org
http://americanbach.org

San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Sven Edward Olbash, guest conductor
“Music of the Portuguese Renaissance and the New World.” Featured will be the Portuguese composer Fr. Manuel Cardoso’s (1566–1650) paean to King Philip IV, Missa Philippina along with music by various baroque and Renaissance composers of the New World; included are the Mexican composer Francisco López Capillas (ca. 1615–1673/4) Alleluia! Dic nobis Maria, simplistic in its beauty, and the Spanish/Guatemalan composer Gaspar Fernandes’ (ca. 1565–1629) Aztec-inspired Xicochi Çonezintle.  Don’t miss this great ending to San Francisco Renaissance Voices 2018–19 Season!

7:30 PM
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
1750 29th Ave., San Francisco
$30 general admission, $25 student/senior, $20 child age 12 or younger
Tickets online or at the door 1/2 hour before each concert


Sunday, August 11

American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy
J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor With the ABS Academy Festival Orchestra & Soloists and American Bach Choir, Jeffrey Thomas conductor
The 2019 Festival & Academy brings the 10th annual collaboration of the Academy Orchestra & Soloists with the American Bach Choir in Johann Sebastian Bach’s consummate masterwork, the Mass in B Minor. Under the meticulous and insightful direction of Jeffrey Thomas, these performances bring eye-opening revelations of Bach’s score that draws upon 35 years of his compositions.

4 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
50 Oak St., San Francisco
$38–$125
Tickets online or 800-595-4849
Email: info@americanbach.org

San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Sven Edward Olbash, guest conductor
“Music of the Portuguese Renaissance and the New World.” Featured will be the Portuguese composer Fr. Manuel Cardoso’s (1566–1650) paean to King Philip IV, Missa Philippina along with music by various baroque and Renaissance composers of the New World; included are the Mexican composer Francisco López Capillas (ca. 1615–1673/4) Alleluia! Dic nobis Maria, simplistic in its beauty, and the Spanish/Guatemalan composer Gaspar Fernandes’ (ca. 1565–1629) Aztec-inspired Xicochi Çonezintle.  Don’t miss this great ending to San Francisco Renaissance Voices 2018–19 Season!

4 PM
St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley
$30 general admission, $25 student/senior, $20 child age 12 or younger
Tickets online or at the door 1/2 hour before each concert

Continue reading next week’s calendar . . .

Written by Derek Tam
San Francisco Early Music Society