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The 25th ABS season will continue with sacred and secular music by Bach

Vocal soloists Kathryn Mueller, Ian Howell, Derek Chester, and Jesse Blumberg
courtesy of the American Bach Soloists

This month the celebration of the 25th season of American Bach Soloists (ABS) will continue with another program arranged by Artistic and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas consisting entirely of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach. That program will balance one liturgical setting with two secular works. The liturgical offering will be the BWV 236 setting of the Mass text in G major, one of the four “Little Masses” consisting of only the Kyrie and Gloria portions.

The highlight of the secular side will be the BWV 213 cantata Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen (let us take care, let us watch), often known as the “Hercules At The Crossroads” cantata. It includes an opening chorus, arias, and duets that Bach later repurposed for his BWV 248 Christmas Oratorio. This cantata will be introduced by the BWV 1066 orchestral suite (overture) in C major.

The ABS instrumentalists will be joined by the American Bach Choir. Solo vocalists will be soprano Kathryn Mueller, countertenor Ian Howell, tenor Derek Chester, and baritone Jesse Blumberg. BWV 1066 will feature virtuoso wind parts, which will be performed by oboists Debra Nagy and Stephen Bard and bassoonist Dominic Teresi.

The San Francisco performance of this concert will take place on Sunday, February 23, at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (1111 O’Farrell Street, just west of the corner with Franklin Street). Single tickets range from $20 to $64, with discounts available for seniors and students with ID. Tickets may be purchased in advance through hyperlinks on the Tickets page of the ABS Web site or by calling 415-621-7900.