The Board of Directors, Maestro Jeffrey Thomas, the musicians, and staff of American Bach Soloists invite you to Sparkle 2016, our 14th annual gala fundraising auction, concert, and dinner. Following last year's sensational event at the James Leary Flood Mansion, we return to this historic residence in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood on September 24, 2016, for an evening of music and enchantment.
Sparkle 2016 will have great auction items, beautiful music, and delicious food & drink, but you are the secret ingredient for making this night a memorable one! Join us and support American Bach Soloists education and outreach programs.
Baritone, Mischa Bouvier—an alumnus of the inaugural ABS Academy (2010)—and Baroque trumpeter Kathryn Adduci will perform a program of music for baritone and trumpet with our ABS musicians, led by Jeffrey Thomas, in the James Leary Flood Mansion chapel, and "Foodie Chap" Liam Mayclem will return as our auctioneer.
5:00 p.m. Cocktails and Check-in
5:30 p.m. Concert featuring Mischa Bouvier
6:15 p.m. Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvre, and Silent Auction
7:15 p.m. Dinner and Live Auction
Evening attire requested
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.”