About BAS

Bach Aria Soloists is the adventurous chamber music ensemble dedicated to presenting the genius and relevance of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries and those he inspired–through performances, collaborations and educational outreach.

a 15 minute documentary is available on DVD (contact us for more information) abbreviated (7:21) version above.

Since 2000, our Hauskonzert series (video introduction 2:10) has been sponsored by benefactors who host concerts in their own homes, thus re-creating Bach’s original chamber music setting… the home/chamber. We perform the most glorious music by the finest musicians in the most splendid homes, amongst friends…

Education to students is integral to our activities. We have visited schools and invited students/teachers throughout the area to participate in Bachreach:

  • introduction to the genius of Bach
  • introduction to exciting, unique, multi-genre themes
  • live chamber music
  • coaching to music students on chamber and orchestral repertoire

Collaboration is our mantra. In 2007 and 2014, the Bach Aria Soloists presented the world’s authority on Bach, Christoph Wolff, Adams University Professor at Harvard University, in a sensational BAS concert with Dr. Wolff’s historical perspective, which captivated the record-breaking audience at the Kansas City Public Library. This was his first appearance in Kansas City, and was a sellout.

During 2006, Elizabeth Suh Lane, 1st Violin / Artistic Director of Bach Aria Soloists and Elizabeth Koeppen, Principal Dancer and Assistant Director of the world-renowned David Parsons Dance Company in New York collaborated to create Accompagnata…a ViolinDance. Solo violin selections from Bach’s monumental masterpiece, Six Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin, were played by Elizabeth Suh Lane and danced by Elizabeth Koeppen

Rebecca Lloyd (soprano), Matthew Johnson (cello), Elizabeth Suh Lane (violin), Un Chong Christopher (mezzo soprano), Janet Kraybill (harpsichord)

We are the Bach Aria Soloists, founded by Elizabeth Suh Lane. We are accomplished professional musicians and singers dedicated to presenting the miraculous arias from Johann Sebastian Bach’s voluminous cantata collection as well as solo and chamber music by Bach, Baroque and Contemporary composers he inspired.

Our world premiere program of “Accompagnata, a ViolinDance” was a rousing success, and brought scores of new patrons to Bach, and the Bach Aria Soloists. If you are interested in this project, please contact Elizabeth Suh Lane (elizabeth@bachariasoloists.com).

“Accompagnata, a ViolinDance” June 3, 2006

Hauskonzert” is our celebrated house-concert series founded in the year 2000. Each concert is sponsored by a benefactor in their residence, creating the original setting for chamber music as Bach, himself, offered in his own home, and in his Ordinaire Concerten Coffeehouse series. Through our Hauskonzert series, we offer the community the most magnificent music by the finest local artists in the most splendid residences in the city. If you are interested in sponsoring a concert or would like to become a Friend of the Bach Aria Soloists, please fill out and submit this form:

(friend form)

Hauskonzert series

Education in the community is of vital importance to our ensemble. We take our program Bachreach into the schools from preschool to college, introducing youth to Bach and baroque master pieces, live chamber music, popular tunes, dances, literature and music in a live, interactive presentation tailored to the student audience. The BAS has offered Bachreach to urban and suburban schools throughout the metro: Sumner Academy, Blue Valley North, Cristo Rey, Visitation Catholic School, Pembroke Middle School, Crossroads Academy, St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, and senior citizens at Lakeview Village.

Education: Bach Aria Soloists with guest Dr. Christoph Wolff,  the world’s authority of Bach, April 28, 2007 at the Kansas City Public Library

The Bach Aria Soloists has continued their outstanding partnership with The Kansas City Public Library annually since 2005. The Library Series offers the excellence of BAS in two of the fine chamber music venues in Kansas City, Kirk Hall in the Central Library, and the new Truman Forum in the Plaza Library. The Bach Aria Soloists and the Kansas City Public Library present these free concerts as their gift to the Kansas City community.

Bach Aria Soloists Trio was invited to perform in April 2005 on the Nantucket Arts Council Series in a standing-room only concert at the Coffin School in Nantucket. The musicians were treated to a standing ovation by the sold-out crowd!

In 2005, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation invited the Bach Aria Soloists to present professional development classes entitled, “Bach to the Future” to their employees. The Foundation’s employees had the unique opportunity of attending a vibrant “Open rehearsal” by the BAS artists, and the possibility of asking questions throughout, while the musicians rehearsed.

We assist string teachers by doing “coachings” of their orchestra or chamber music repertoire, a most valuable service which helps to bring the ensembles to a higher level. Elizabeth is in great demand with high schools in the metropolitan area as a chamber and orchestra clinician. She has conducted clinics for the violin sections of Blue Valley North and Northwest, Shawnee Mission East, Lawrence, Olathe High Schools, the Kansas City Youth Symphonies and Lee’s Summit High Schools where she taught chamber music masterclasses.

In 2002, we had the honor of performing as part of the Lloyd B. Thomas Lecture and Performance Series at the University of Missouri-Columbia. We presented masterclasses to the top college students from the Fine Arts department in the areas of piano, voice, and strings, as well as a free public concert. BAS has also performed a free concert in Bales Recital Hall at the University of Kansas, and for enthusiastic listeners at our Ruel-Joyce Series recital on the campus of Johnson County Community College.