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For the next two weeks the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is the site of an advanced training program for emerging professionals and accomplished students of historically informed performance practice. Under the co-direction of Jeffrey Thomas, artistic director of the American Bach Soloists, and Corey Jamason, director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s program in Early Music, the American Bach Soloists’ Academy will offer advanced conservatory-level students and young professionals unique opportunities to study and perform Baroque music in state-of-the-art learning facilities.

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music lies at the heart of the city’s arts district. Located near Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House, the Conservatory features performance halls, classrooms, practice rooms and teaching studios residing behind the historic façade of an athletic club that barely survived the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. While the resonant audience chamber of the concert hall has been fashioned from the original building’s elaborate ballroom, its performance platform is housed within new construction that replaces an adjacent structure that was too badly damaged to be repurposed for music education.

In addition to in-depth coaching and technical studies with masters of their particular instruments, Academy string players, wind and brass players, continuo and keyboard players, and singers will join their faculty in the presentation of public concerts including programs of chamber music and concert versions of Rameau’s Pigmalion and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. In collaboration with a festival chorus consisting of artists selected from Bay Area vocal ensembles, Bach’s Mass in B minor (BWV 232) will be performed on 15 July 2012.

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