The Bach Aria Soloists, under the direction of Elizabeth Suh Lane, doesn't play anything half-way. Their performances are always outstanding whether they are in one of the finest homes, or at a public library, in Kansas City.
Now in its tenth year the Bach Aria Soloists is truly a world class ensemble, which is largely unknown in the Kansas City area. Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Elizabeth Suh Lane has been solo violinist for Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Michael Tilson Thomas, Andre Previn, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Leonard Bernstein, among others. Her stature in the classical music world has enabled her to bring Christoph Wolff, preeminent authority on Johann Sebastian Bach, to K.C. and resulted in commissioning two works, which had their debut here. She is particularly adept at collaborations with literary, theatre, and dance, most recently, "Baroque in Motion," with Owen/Cox Ballet Troupe. BAS' signature series, "Hauskonzert," combines exquisite performances, convivial conversation, and a delicious repast in magnificent residences, replicating what Bach, himself, did in his own home. These intimate concerts provide the rare opportunity not only to hear and see the musicians, but also to speak with them individually.
Bach Aria offers something no other arts organization provides-regionally or nationally. The idea of presenting Bach and contemporaries in house concerts, with musicians commenting on th pieces,is so engaging. The artistic director, Elizabeth Suh Lane, is an elegant speaker and masterful violinist. She and her colleagues make the music accessible; concerts are warm and intimate affairs. Also, the affiliation with dancers and other artists has been fun and adventurous!
Bach Aria Soloists [BAS] is one of the more exquisite "hidden gems" in the Kansas City cultural and civic landscape. After 28 years in New York City and 4 in Los Angeles, I welcomed the opportunity this smaller city offers music lovers to enjoy top-flight performances in intimate settings not easily found in larger cities on either coast. BAS is at the top of the list when it comes to their seasonal "hauskoncerts" as well as their performances that reach out to larger, diverse audiences at holiday time. Lead by Elizabeth Suh-Lane, a world-class violin virtuoso, BAS appeals to the highest brow yet in a socially relaxed way that brings people together for an evening of great music and song. BAS performances introduce new, up and coming talent to local audiences while commanding the respect and attention of renowned Bach scholars.
Bach Aria Soloists makes classical chamber music accessible to some who would not otherwise think "it's for them!" Artistic Director Elizabeth Suh Lane is innovative, blending her music with classic dance, as with the Owen-Cox Dance Company collaboration.