American Bach Soloists' 13th Annual Gala
AUCTION, CONCERT, & DINNER
Saturday September 26 2015 at 5 p.m.
James Leary Flood Mansion, San Francisco
Honorary chair, The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus (Bishop of California), Maestro Jeffrey Thomas, the Musicians, Board, and Staff of American Bach Soloists, invite you to Sparkle with us on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Our annual Gala Dinner, Auction, and Concert will be held in San Francisco’s historic James Leary Flood Mansion. This elegant historical landmark is the perfect venue for ABS, the Early Music jewel of the Bay Area. Join us as we soar to new heights with grand auction items, glittering environs, and enchanting music. All proceeds will benefit our artistic and educational programs.
Bach & Handel Arias
Agnes Vojtko, mezzo-soprano*
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
Kati Kyme, violin
Noah Strick, violin*
William Skeen, violoncello
Steven Lehning, violone
Corey Jamason, continuo
Jeffrey Thomas, music director
*ABS Academy alumni
Black Tie Requested
Liam Mayclem, Benefit Auctioneer
(KCBS Foodie Chap & "World Access" Host on the Travel Channel)
Complimentary Shuttles from Larkspur and Strawberry Village in Marin and the Rockridge BART Station in the East Bay are available.
Valet Parking is available at the Flood Mansion.
The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, honorary chair
Kaneez Munjee, chair
Don Scott Carpenter
James R. Meehan
The AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS (“ABS”) were founded in 1989 with the mission of introducing contemporary audiences to the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach through historically informed performances. Under the leadership of co-founder and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas, 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. Recognized worldwide as one of the foremost interpreters of the music of Bach and the Baroque, he continues to inspire audiences and performers alike through his keen insights into the passions behind musical expression. Fanfare Magazine proclaimed that “Thomas’ direction seems just right, capturing the humanity of the music … there is no higher praise for Bach performance.”
Critical acclaim has been extensive: The Washington Post named ABS “the best American specialists in early music … a flawless ensemble … a level of musical finesse one rarely encounters.” San Francisco Classical Voice declared “there is nothing routine or settled about their work. Jeffrey Thomas is still pushing the musical Baroque envelope.” And the San Francisco Chronicle has extolled the ensemble’s “divinely inspired singing.”