Jeffrey Thomas will conduct the Festival Opening Concert featuring an assembly of many of ABS's brightest star performers in this concert named after the location in the Giants Ballpark that leads to triple-base hits! Three concertos for three violins by three composers—Bach, Telemann, and Vivaldi—will feature violinists YuEun Gemma Kim, Tatiana Chulochnikova, Tomà Iliev, Cynthia Keiko Black, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Jacob Ashworth, and David Wilson.
This program's focus on teamwork and collaboration continues with additional works for 3 violins, extending back to the 17th-century genius of Marco Uccellini and Giovanni Battista Buonamente then forward again to Pachelbel's time-honored and perennial favorite Canon & Gigue.
The Concerto Grosso was one of the primary and most often employed musical formats during the Baroque era, much the same as the symphony became identified with the Classical era. Handel brought a unique richness of color to his concerti grossi, and the work performed on this program is one of his most imaginative and exquisite examples of the genre.
The pinnacle hit in baseball is a grand slam, so our musical representation of that is found in Vivaldi's exciting Concerto for 4 Violins!