Bach Aria Soloists

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 7112 Kansas City MO 64113 USA

Mission: The Bach Aria Soloists is the adventurous ensemble dedicated to bringing the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Baroque, and Contemporary to new life through Community Concerts, signature Hauskonzerts, world-class collaborations and BachReach education.
Geographic areas served: Kansas-Missouri region
Programs: Collaboration is our mantra. In 2006, Elizabeth Suh Lane and Elizabeth Koeppen, Principal Dancer & Assistant Director of the world-renowned Parsons Dance in New York, collaborated to create Accompagnata, a ViolinDance, fusing solo violin selections from Bach’s monumental Six Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin with modern dance.   In 2007, the Bach Aria Soloists brought the world's authority on Bach, Christoph Wolff, an Adams University Professor at Harvard, to Kansas City in a sensational BAS event which captivated the record-breaking audience at the Kansas City Public Library. This was his first appearance in KC and was a sellout.
In 2009, BAS  featured  the  highly-successful world premiere, "Baroque in Motion" collaboration with contemporary dance, from the Owen/Cox Dance Group. We offered an extraordinary free concert series with the Kansas City Public Library including Chamber Music Mosaic and Notes & Letters, featuring veteran actor/baritone, Robert Brand reciting letters from composers whose works we performed.  We engaged numerous outstanding guest artists all year.  The 2010 Season, Bach Aria Soloists' 10th Anniversary, highlights the March, 2010 performances, "Inspired by Bach".  This collaboration with composer, conductor and St. Paul's Sunday Radio Host,  Bill McGlaughlin, delivered an unfogettable program whereby, master of ceremonies, McGlaughlin introduced the stories behind the music of Bach, Bartok, Villa-Lobos, probing the minds of the BAS artists, creating a lively dialogue between musicians, Bill, and audience in a live radio show concert.   "Your spectacular group is doing great music in just the right way!"
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I am a founding board member of this extraordinary group, the Bach Aria Soloists. They are celebrating their 10th exciting concert season this year as a self-presenting ensemble, a great achievement in the fiercely competitive arts marketplace especially in this recessionary economy. The Artistic Director/Founder, Elizabeth Suh Lane's visionary leadership has brought world-class artists- musicians, dancers, composers, scholars-to Kansas City to collaborate and leading local partners- the KC Chorale, the KC Public Library, Owen/Cox Dance, KC guest artists- have invited the BAS to partner. The KC community is the fortunate recipient of their marvelous talent and creative programs. The Hauskonzert series is a popular success because both the BAS and our patrons believe in the mission of bringing the brilliance of Bach, Baroque and contemporary to new life in intimate spaces. The audience and artists can make a much greater connection when one removes the physical distance of big concert halls and these artists make a point of communicating with their informative performances, and free BachReach Open education to schools. Their Community concerts have also been sold out and at capacity in recent years, such a great testament to the quality and reputation of this fine ensemble. I really hope that the Bach Aria Soloists can be a part of your Arts appreciation campaign, as they are a leading chamber music ensemble in the region.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

concerts, in board meetings, in the media, in funder meetings, in conversations with the community and friends.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful concert experience, not just the music but the camaraderie and team effort among artists, audience and boardmembers, that whole circular experience of getting to the gratifying goal of a sold-out concert.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely hard-working, dedicated, even inspired.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

pay the Artistic Director, musicians, Executive Assistant and volunteers properly for their professional services; rent out any desirable venue in the country; invite many more of world renowned guest artists that the Artistic Director desires;marketing

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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