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American Bach Soloists: Choral and orchestral music by Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi

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Handel: Dixit Dominus
Vivaldi: Beatus vir
Bach: Concerto for Oboe d'amore in A Major BWV 1055
Vivaldi: Concerto for Viola d'amore in D Major RV 392

ABS presents two glorious works for soloists, chorus, and orchestra and two orchestral works.

The first two works, for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, are by Handel and Vivaldi, two master composers whose names, after Bach, are synonymous with the best of baroque music. Both of these psalm settings were commissioned by distinguished patrons and represent the epitome of 18th-century Roman and Venetian traditions.

Alongside these two exuberant works, concertos for instruments noted for their epithet name "d'amore" will be performed by ABS favorites Debra Nagy and Elizabeth Blumenstock. While the exact meaning and etymology of the term d'amore is somewhat uncertain, both the oboe d'amore and viola d'amore are known for their especially beautiful timbres. Mozart's father Leopold wrote that the viola d'amore "is a distinctive kind of instrument, which sounds especially charming in the stillness of the evening" … a beautiful sentiment for an evening of captivating music.

I don't usually program vocal music, but this sounds like a fantastic concert. I couldn't pass it up, and I must share it with you, my Classical Music Friends in the Bay Area. Join me for a concert of beautiful music by the acclaimed American Bach Soloists.


Pre-Concert Talk and Concert

When: Sunday March 3, 2:45 pm (talk starts at 3, concert at 4)

Where: St. Marks Lutheran Church 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco CA

Cost: $20-$60 depending on seat location. My seat is center balcony.

To order tickets: No handling fee if order online. 5% discount if order in advance. *Note that the event fee for the meetup is separate from the ticket price.


**NOTE: Google/Yahoo directions are sometimes wrong.**

The entrance to the parking lot is on Gough, not Franklin or O'Farrell. For good directions, follow this link:


We will meet on the main level by the baptismal for intermission.

Post-concert meetup

Where: Jitlada Thai Cuisine, 1826 Buchanan St (between Sutter and Bush),

Parking: Street parking is challenging. My suggestion: car pool from the concert so only a few of us need to find parking. Paid parking is available at JapanTown.

Put in your RSVP if you are coming to dinner.

Join us for a spectacular concert, and a yummy dinner.


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