History

2000 Bach Aria Soloists launched the first Hauskonzert series. Each Hauskonzert in a benefactor’s residence recreates the original setting for chamber music that Bach originally offered in his own home and in his cafe series. Through Hauskonzerts, we offer the most magnificent music to intimate audiences in the most exquisite settings.

2002 Bach Aria Soloists 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 a Ruel-Joyce Series recital at Johnson County Community College.

2003 Bach Aria Soloists commissioned New York-based composer Susan Kander to write her six-movement, neo-Baroque suite which showcases each soloist with texts derived from famous African American spirituals. The world premiere of Partite Américaine took place in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in 2004.

2005 Bach Aria Soloists was invited to perform on the Nantucket Arts Council Series in a filled-to-capacity concert at the Coffin School in Nantucket, MA. In addition, the  Kauffman Foundation invited the Bach Aria Soloists to present professional development classes entitled, “Bach to the Future” to their employees. The employees had the unique opportunity of attending a vibrant “Open rehearsal” by the BAS artists, and the possibility of asking questions throughout.

2006 Bach Aria Soloists commissioned Elizabeth Koeppen, Associate-Artistic Director of Parsons Dance to choreograph and perform our world premiere, Accompagnata… a ViolinDance, combining iconic Bach solo violin masterpieces with modern dance.


“Accompagnata, a ViolinDance” June 3, 2006

2007 Dr. Christoph Wolff, preeminent Bach scholar, made his first visit to Kansas City to narrate Bach Aria Soloists’ Bach Unlocked performance for what turned out to be a record-breaking crowd at the Kansas City Public Library. Professor Wolff remains the Adams University Professor of Music at Harvard University, and Director of the Bach Archive in Leipzig.


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

2009 BAS and the modern dance ensemble Owen-Cox Dance Group partnered in Baroque in Motion with the mesmerizing chamber music of Ravel, Bach and Purcell to a capacity crowd in UMKC’s White Recital Hall.

2010 Our 10th anniversary headliner brought composer-conductor Bill McGlaughlin to Kansas City to join the BAS in Inspired by Bach. With his signature style of humor and intellect, Bill introduced the stories behind the music of Bach and Bartok.

2011 Our popular Night of Tango featuring Tango legends Héctor Del Curto, bandonéon and Gustavo Casenave, piano; Jeff Harshbarger completed the classic Piazzola quintet with the BAS. Bach & Jazz Inventions with KC’s favorite jazzmaster Bobby Watson was another innovative partnership inspired by Bach.

2012 Bach Aria Soloists performed for more than 2500 listeners at the Kauffman Center for both days of opening weekend. Our Ferdinand the Bull and Musical Tales held a capacity crowd at Central Library, and our finale of the season was a marvelous visual and aural Extravaganza! featuring the Bach Aria Soloists and Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company.

2013 Avery Fisher Career prize cellist Matt Haimovitz headlined a sold-out opening concert with the Bach Aria Soloists. Night of Tango at the Kauffman Center was a “concert of the ages” for an overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience of more than 1,000.