Biber's Salzburg Mass in Grace Cathedral

Date: Friday, July 31, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
Calendar7/31/2020 7:30:00 PM7/31/2020 7:30:00 PMAmerica/Los_AngelesBiber's Salzburg Mass in Grace Cathedral At Grace Cathedral1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108Website:

Grace Cathedral
1100 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Heinrich Biber: Sonata Sancti Polycarpi à 9
 Heinrich Biber: Missa Salisburgensis à 53 
 Heinrich Biber: Plaudite Tympana à 53 

American Bach Soloists • American Bach Choir • ABS Academy 

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s 53-part polychoral extravagance for 9 different groups of instruments is considered to be the largest-scaled surviving work from the Baroque period. First performed in 1682 in Salzburg’s spectacular cathedral by “choirs” of 10 trumpets, trombones, strings, cornettos, viols, recorders, oboes, continuo instruments, and two eight-part vocal ensembles—utilizing the acoustic and placement opportunities provided by the cathedral’s interior design—this rare performance will feature the combined forces of the American Bach Soloists and Academy members. In 2013, ABS presented the North American premiere of Biber's Missa Salisburgensis. That performance was completely sold out, so this is a rare opportunity to hear a stunning display of sonority in an edifice perfectly suited to extraordinary musical experiences. Additional large works by Biber, one of the 17th century's most celebrated and demanding composers, will be performed. 



Buy at least one ticket to each of the following five ABS Festival productions and receive 15% off each complete set.

Hark! Hark! The Lark! (July 26)
Biber's Salzburg Mass (July 31)
Bach's Virtuosi (August 1)
Bach's Mass in B Minor (August 2 or 9)
Baroque Opera (August 6 or 7)

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