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Help ABS Academy musicians get their cellos, gambas, & contrabasses to San Francisco by supporting their instruments' travel.
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Most of us have been to concerts, whether they be classical, contemporary, modern, or pop. But did you ever consider how the instruments got to the stage? Most of them are transported by airplanes! Well, did you know that the cost to transport large instruments—Cellos, Gambas, & Contrabasses—is equal to that of the performer’s airline ticket? This means that when an ABS Academy participant who plays a large instrument is accepted and chooses to participate, they must purchase two seats. 

This can quickly become cost-prohibitive for musicians who are finishing up undergraduate and graduate school or who are making their first forays into the early-music world. We have created a way to help these eager musicians find their way to San Francisco this summer to take part in the 2015 ABS Academy  http://americanbach.org/academy/index.html: we're going to fly their instruments for them; but we need your help. 

Please consider supporting our Kickstarter project, "The Flying Gambas," and while the name might be silly, the impact of your support will last a lifetime.

 

Risks and challenges

The sixth annual American Bach Soloists Academy will take place in August of 2015. Due to the annual increase of support, we have been able to dedicate our resources to education, outreach, and financial assistance for participants from around the world.

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    Listed in the 2015 ABS Festival & Academy as a supporter of the instrument travel program.

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    All of the above, plus two guest passes to a rehearsal of Bach's Mass in B Minor during the 2015 ABS Festival.

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    All of the above, plus two tickets to the opening night Festival concert on August 7, 2015 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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    All of the above, plus an invitation to the Academy's opening night reception on August 3, 2015 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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    All of the above, plus the ability to sit among the cellos, gambas, and contrabasses in an orchestra rehearsal during the 2015 ABS Academy.

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    All of the above, plus complimentary VIP seating to all Academy-in-Action concerts.

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    All of the above, plus two subscription tickets to the 2015 Festival & Academy.

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    The above, plus an invitation to meet the instrument that you support.

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    All of the above, plus two VIP seats to the cello, gamba, contrabass masterclass.

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