American Bach Soloists

aka ABS   |   San Francisco, CA   |  americanbach.org

Mission

The American Bach Soloists are leading performers in the field of Baroque music, dedicated to historically informed performances of Bach and his contemporaries. ABS provides meaningful, memorable, and valuable musical experiences for our audiences through inspiring performances and recordings, and it supports the preservation of early music through educational programs for students and emerging professionals.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Don Scott Carpenter

Artistic Director

Jeffrey Thomas

Main address

PO Box 421986

San Francisco, CA 94142-1986 USA

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EIN

68-0211969

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Single Organization Support (A11)

Music (A68)

Singing Choral (A6B)

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Performances

Each season begins with the American Bach Soloists Summer Festival, held in San Francisco's Herbst Theatre. Components of the Summer Bach Festival include performances of major works, opera, and oratorio from the Baroque; Chamber Music Concerts; free Lectures and Master Classes; and public Colloquia on a variety of topics.

The American Bach Soloists present an annual Subscription Series with performances in Belvedere, Berkeley, Davis, and San Francisco. Their annual holiday performances of Handel’s Messiah—presented each December before capacity audiences since 1992—have become a Bay Area tradition. Also, the annual "A Baroque New Year's Eve at the Opera" has been presented since 2018.

In addition to their regular subscription season, the American Bach Soloists have been presented at some of the world’s leading Early Music and chamber music festivals, and have appeared across the continent, in Europe, and in Asia.

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The American Bach Soloists ACADEMY was founded in 2010 with the purpose of providing mentorship and artistic support to those musicians who are seeking to bridge the gap between advanced conservatory, university, or personal studies and an emerging career, either as soloists, chamber musicians, or with professional Early Music institutions.

Since the ACADEMY's inaugural year, more than 500 participants have been admitted from around the world, representing Australia, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Republic of Singapore, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States, and Venezuela.

Drawing on their distinguished roster of performers—named “the best American specialists in early music” by The Washington Post—the American Bach Soloists ACADEMY offers advanced conservatory-level students and young professionals unique opportunities to study and perform Baroque music.

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The American Bach Soloists have a discography of more than twenty titles, including six volumes of Bach cantatas and additional works by Bach, Beethoven, Corelli, Gluck, Scarlatti, Schütz, Handel, Haydn, and Vivaldi.

In 2007, ABS’s entire catalogue was re-released on iTunes, Amazon, and ABS’s own website (americanbach.org/recordings). The same year brought two new and much-anticipated releases: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Bach’s “Brandenburg” Concertos.

ABS’s newest video release is the feature film Handel’s Messiah in Grace Cathedral, recorded in 5.1 DTS-HD™ Surround Sound and 2.0 DTS-HD™ Stereo, available on High Definition Blu-ray™ and DVD. It has acquired more than 1.6 million views on YouTube.

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American Bach Soloists

Board of directors
as of 1/5/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hugh Davies