American Bach Soloists, led by Artistic & Music Director Jeffrey Thomas, present their annual performances of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, in one of San Francisco’s most awe-inspiring, sacred spaces. ABS, Handel, and Grace Cathedral are perennially a winning combination and a highlight of the holiday season. Since 1998, ABS has presented Messiah in San Francisco’s historic Grace Cathedral to more than 45,000 attendees. A Bay Area holiday tradition now in its 23rd consecutive year, ABS’s performances of Handel’s timeless work attract music lovers from around the world, and they have become an essential part of the musical year for many music lovers.
Voted “Best of the Bay” by the readers of San Francisco Classical Voice, the Bay Area Reporter observed, “For those who treasure Messiah, Thomas’ version is revelatory.” No other Bay Area performances come close to offering the visual, aural, and emotional qualities that have made ABS’s performances of Messiah in Grace Cathedral so superlative. Maestro Thomas will conduct the period-instrument specialists of ABS, the renowned American Bach Choir, and an internationally acclaimed quartet of brilliant vocal soloists.
Nola Richardson, soprano • Sarah Coit, mezzo-soprano
James Reese, tenor • Alex Rosen (debut), bass
American Bach Soloists • American Bach Choir
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor