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!"
One of the most pleasurable evenings I've had all year was to experience the Bach Aria Soloists' program last June called "Baroque in Motion." As a collaboration with the Owens/Cox dance studio, it was a wonderful visual and musical event. The dancers were excellent and original, and two of the players were absolutely entrancing. Elizabeth Suh Lane and Paula Kosower had me spellbound by their stunning technical and musical playing. And to hear Rebecca Lloyd and David Adams was like being in the presence of Heavenly Hosts. Never miss an opportunity to hear this fantastic ensemble.
My husband and I have been attending the Bach Aria Soloists concerts for the past few years. It is an evening we look forward to each time! Although neither my husband or I know much about classical music, we have a "moving" experience and are always awed after each performance. The group is not only inspirational but also educates us and introduces us to a world of music we would not normally experience. The hausconcerts are intimate and up close and personal. I can imagine myself back in time listening to Bach.
I have attended several of Bach Aria Soloists' concerts over the years. The settings are always diverse and unique from beautiful Kansas City mansions to the Kansas City Public library to some of our area's finest churches. My experience is always the same: the privilege of hearing world class musicians deliver stellar performances time and time again. I have also enjoyed the times when BAS has collaborated with other artists and introduced live dance into its performances. Kansas City is extremely fortunate to have such a fine group within its boundaries and more people need to be aware of our own local hidden treasure!