At the end of last season’s enormously popular New Year’s Eve concert, American Bach Soloists music director Jeffrey Thomas announced that ABS would be back at the end of 2019 for a reprise of the event. The delightful program of arias and instrumental music from opera and concert turned out to be one of the hottest tickets in town. This late afternoon performance in San Francisco’s beautiful Herbst Theatre — a cornerstone and jewel among the city’s most prestigious venues — will joyfully ring in the New Year in elegant style and offers an opportunity for audience members to bring friends and family to celebrate a New Year full of wonderful music!
The exciting voices of two young artists who have already established themselves as exceptionally talented singers will be presented in arias from Handel’s Agrippina, Ariodante, Giulio Cesare, Orlando, and Riccardo I, ré d’Inghilterra; Rameau’s Castor et Pollux and Hippolyte et Aricie; and Vivaldi’s Il Bajazet. Additionally, the period-instrument specialists of American Bach Soloists will perform sinfonias, ballet music, and dances from operas by Vivaldi, Handel, and Marais. Well suited to the Baroque opera repertory, ABS Music Director has been praised by Opera News: “Jeffrey Thomas draws crisp, vital playing from the ace baroque instrumentalists of American Bach Soloists, who provide galvanizing vigor but also caress the gut strings of their period instruments with unusual beauty.”