Have You Planned Your Holiday Concerts?
Two Stellar Events in December
Handel's Messiah in Grace Cathedral
A Baroque New Year's Eve at the Opera
George Frideric Handel
Mary Wilson soprano • Eric Jurenas countertenor
Aaron Sheehan tenor • Jesse Blumberg baritone
American Bach Soloists & American Bach Choir
Jeffrey Thomas conductor

Handel’s timeless masterpiece will be presented for the 21st consecutive year in the awe-inspiring majesty of Grace Cathedral. Perennially a sold-out event, audience members from far and wide attend this Bay Area favorite that features the superb American Bach Choir and the period-instrument specialists of ABS in one of their largest configurations, under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas. Praising his performances of Handel, Opera News wrote “Jeffrey Thomas draws crisp, vital playing from the ace baroque instrumentalists of American Bach Soloists.” An annual holiday tradition, these performances meld together Handel’s glorious music with the serene beauty of one of San Francisco’s greatest architectural treasures.

“The singers and instrumentalists of the ABS Choir and Orchestra were, as always, magnificent. There are simply not enough superlatives to adequately describe their mastery and musicianship and do justice to their dedication and artistry.” San Francisco Classical Voice
Wednesday December 12 2018 7:30 p.m. • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Thursday December 13 2018 7:30 p.m. • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Friday December 14 2018 7:30 p.m. • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
$10 student tickets for ages 25 and under with valid student ID, 
at the door or reserve at 415-621-7900 

Phone: 800-595-4TIX (-4849)
featuring countertenor
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen

Mary Wilson soprano • American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas conductor
This special event, presented in San Francisco’s beautiful Herbst Theatre — a cornerstone and jewel among the city’s most prestigious venues — will feature one of the opera world’s exciting new vocal talents, countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen. The 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Young Artists Award Winner, former Merola Opera Program participant, 2018 San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, and ABS Academy alumnus has been capturing the hearts of opera lovers around the world. 

The New York Times wrote that the young breakout artist “possesses a remarkable gift for intimate communication in a vast hall, combined with a voice of velvety gentleness — surprisingly penetrating given the tenderness of its texture — and a taste for adventure. … Expressive yet dignified, his phrasing confident and his ornamentation stylishly discreet, he brought tears to my eyes.”

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen will be featured in arias by Handel and Gluck. Joined by the incomparable soprano Mary Wilson, and along with a delightful program of instrumental music from opera and concert, this early night on the town will joyfully ring in the New Year in elegant style.

One Performance Only:
Monday December 31 2018 4:00 p.m.
Herbst Theater, San Francisco

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