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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities

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!"

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My first Bach Aria Soloist event in the spring of 2009 was a collaboration between the Owen/Cox Dance Group and Bach Aria. It was spectacular! The vividness of the music and modern dance performances captured my soul. This concert delivered a very genuine, personal experience that has made me a proud supporter of Bach Aria Soloist. I was concerned that I may have seen their best, but subsequent concerts have produced the same spectacular, high-caliber performances. I have enjoyed the house concert series which has provided me the opportunity to sit within arm-reach of the performers as I watch and listen to the extraordinary talents that comprise this group. It is truly an impactful, personal experience, and I committed myself to applying my own talents to help promote the work of Bach Aria Soloists.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Bach Aria Soloists are a Kansas City treasure. The level of expertise is unmatched- always at the highest skill level of the core musicians and guest artists. And imaginative? Oh my- always setting the stage for a higher level experience with the music- world premieres, inventive collaborations, enlightening world-renowned speakers, and the list goes on. How fortunate we are to have the Bach Aria Soloists, and the founder/artistic director/executive director and amazing solo violinist, Elizabeth Suh Lane, in our midst!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.