Bach—For the Spirit: An Open Rehearsal

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Today’s masters of Bach’s music join the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, and take on the timeless music of the master himself. Bach expert Ton Koopman leads the festive cantata and concludes with the earliest settings of the Kyrie and Gloria. Both works would later achieve immortality in one of Bach’s grandest accomplishments, the Mass in B Minor, a true showpiece for the spectacular SFS chorus during their 40th anniversary celebration.

Katharine Hanrahan Open Rehearsal is a working rehearsal. The pieces rehearsed are at the conductor’s discretion. View the full event.


Ton Koopman


Teresa Wakim


Bogna Bartosz


San Francisco Symphony

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Joshua Kosman of the SF Chronicle reviews Ton Koopman's first week of concerts with the San Francisco Symphony:

It's always a tricky business for a modern symphony orchestra, built around repertoire of the 19th century, to play Bach convincingly. Ton Koopman's solution is simple - he brings out the music's big, robust side… once on the podium, Koopman adopts a fierce, athletic take on the music that makes it sound unusually vibrant and arresting. Thursday's program, which included works by J.S. Bach and his son C.P.E. Bach - whose 300th anniversary is being marked this year - was something of a model for bringing the 18th century to life.

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Watch a Video

Ton Koopman discusses J.S. Bach in Leipzig, Germany, and the Cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (God's time is the very best time), BWV 106:

Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir and Klaus Mertens perform Bach's Cantata BWV 56:

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  1. Thu, May 8, 2014 at 10:00am

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Pre- and post-show Events

Inside Music, an informative talk with Laura Stanfield Prichard, begins one hour prior to rehearsal and concerts. Free to ticketholders.

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Pre-Rehearsal Breakfast and Talk

This special behind-the-scenes experience begins at 8:30am with coffee and complimentary donuts followed by a half-hour informative talk at 9am.