Next month will see the opening of the American Bach Soloists (ABS) three-concert subscription series for 2016. The title of the program will be Bach Favorites; and, appropriately enough, all the music will be by Johann Sebastian Bach. The program will be framed by two cantatas, between which will be two compositions featuring the violin. These will showcase the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey Thomas Award, Ukrainian violinist Tatiana Chulochnikova. Chulochnikova is an alumna of the 2010 ABS Academy, and earlier this month she performed with the ABS ensemble in both programs for the Christmas season, Bach’s BWV 248 Christmas Oratorio and George Frideric Handel’s HWV 56 Messiah.
Her ABS debut as a soloist will involve a rather intriguing departure from the beaten path. She will perform her own transcription for solo violin of Bach’s BWV 565 well-known coupling of a toccata and fugue in D minor for organ. In a more conventional vein she will also perform as soloist in Bach’s E major violin concerto, BWV 1042.
The opening cantata for the program will be the BWV 70 Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! (watch, pray). The program will conclude with BWV 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (heart and mouth and deed and life), which includes one of the most favorite of Bach’s chorale settings, “Jesus bleibet meine Freude,” best known through the loose English translation, “Jesu, joy of man’s desiring.” The American Bach Choir will be joined by four vocal soloists, soprano Mary Wilson, countertenor Jay Carter, tenor Derek Chester, and baritone Mischa Bouvier.
The San Francisco performance of this concert will take place on Sunday, January 24, at 4 p.m. The venue will be St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, located at 1111 O’Farrell Street, just west of the corner of Franklin Street. Ticket prices are $72, $51, and $30. Tickets may be purchased online through the event page for this concert on the ABS Web site. In addition discounted tickets are available for students (age 21 and under with valid identification). Those interested should call the ABS Office at 415-621-7900.
Because this is the first subscription concert of the season, subscription tickets are still on sale. Prices are $78, $129, and $183. There is an event page for purchasing these three-concert subscriptions. Further information is again available by calling 415-621-7900. As was announced on this site this past July, the dates for the San Francisco performances of the remaining two concerts will be February 28 (Alexander’s Feast) and April 24 (Easter & Ascension Oratorios).