American Bach Soloists
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|American Bach Soloists (ABS)|
|Chamber orchestra on period instruments|
Official American Bach Soloists logo
|Principal conductor||Jeffrey Thomas|
The American Bach Soloists ("ABS") is an American baroque orchestra and early music chorus dedicated to preserving the heritage of early music through historically informed performances on period instruments, community outreach through free educational programs, and the development of young artists through an annual summer Academy. The not-for-profit arts organization frequently performs the cantatas, concertos, overtures, oratorios, passions, and chamber music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his baroque period contemporaries including Vivaldi, Handel, Monteverdi, and Telemann, as well as music by classical composers including Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Performing forces typically range from 20 to 75 singers and instrumentalists, depending on repertoire. American Bach Soloists have made eighteen recordings on Koch International Classics, Delos International, and their own American Bach Soloists label.
- Performances at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, produced by CalPerformances at University of California, Berkeley
- Henry Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas with the San Francisco Opera Center and The Crucible in Oakland, CA
- Works by Claudio Monteverdi, George Frideric Handel's Dixit Dominus, and Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts with the Mark Morris Dance Group
- George Frideric Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks with laser lighting display by Lighting Systems Design, Inc. (Orlando, FL) in Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
- Berkeley Festival & Exhibition. "Berkeley Festival & Exhibition". Retrieved 2009-11-11.