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Announcing the 2016-2017 Season!

Bach Aria Soloists’ 2016-17 season continues this acclaimed ensemble’s tradition of adventurous programming plus collaborations with the world-class artists who live in the Kansas City area. Now in its 17th year, BAS’ upcoming season features a mixture of the familiar and new:

  • Oct. 23, 2016: Folkways: Music of the British Isles and its Migration to Missouri, the Annual Lerner Hauskonzert at the home of Leslie Bowles Lerner, Bach Aria Soloists’ founding board member and sponsor of the first-ever Bach Aria Soloists’ Hauskonzert in 2000.
  • Nov. 12, 2016: Notes & Letters, Kirk Hall at the Kansas City Public Library Central branch. BAS continues their noteworthy partnership with The Kansas City Public Library with a new program that will highlight the personal connection between composed music and the written word, with a guest actor.
  • Feb. 18, 2017: Histoire du Soldat, Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College. BAS is proud to be included in the concert lineup of Johnson County Community College’s Performing Arts Series. Stravinsky’s masterpiece will be performed with guest conductor Leslie Dunner and a stellar lineup of the finest musicians in the country, including Elizabeth Suh Lane, violin/artistic director of Bach Aria Soloists; New York clarinetist Jo-Ann Sternberg; Eric Stomberg, bassoon; Mari Yoshinaga, percussion; Keith Benjamin, trumpet; Jeff Harshbarger, double bass; JoDee Davis, trombone. Also performing are Kansas City actors Mark Robbins and Robert Gibby Brand.
  • April 22, 2017: BAS Sings! A special collaboration between Bach Aria Soloists and the Kansas City Chorale Quartet, featuring works from Bach, Britten and Dowland. The Kansas City Chorale Quartet will consist of Sarah Tannehill Anderson and Lindsey Lang, sopranos, Frank Fleschner, tenor, and Sam Anderson, bass. All have performed on the Kansas City Chorale’s Grammy-winning recordings.
  • June 3, 2017: The Adventures of Don Quixote, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. BAS reprises one of the highlights of the 2015-16 season to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. The performance will feature KC actor Mark Robbins and colorful Spanish music of the age. BAS will also perform Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite.

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Elisa Williams Bickers Named Organ Guild Fellow

A big congratulations to Elisa Williams Bickers, Bach Aria Soloists’ harpsichordist and pianist, who was recently named a fellow of the American Guild of Organists!

In addition to her work with BAS, Elisa is the associate director of music and principal organist at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS. According to Mark Ball, the church’s director of music ministry, there are only about 50 people who are AGO fellows in the U.S., and Elisa is only the second fellow in Kansas City.

For church musicians, the American Guild of Organists is our version of the American Bar Association to attorneys … This is a huge achievement for Dr. Bickers, and a tremendous honor for Village Church and for our musical community.

You can read more at Village Presbyterian’s Facebook page.

Photo by Jeff Evrard,  Jeff Evrard Photography