BachReach is Bach Aria Soloists’ uniquely interactive, dynamic educational outreach for schools and members of the community.  Led by Artistic Director-violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane, the Bach Aria Soloists introduces Bach, Baroque and contemporary music in a fun, exciting, highly informative presentation tailored to the student/teacher audience.

Cristo Rey BachReach

The exposure to BAS’ BachReach is an experience that unleashes the imagination of students who may otherwise not have a chance to hear live, high quality chamber music with engaging dialogue, inspiring their own interest in classical music. BAS takes themes from our concert programs with our excellent collaborators to demonstrate the multi-genre, imaginative programming that BAS presents to inspire youths by interacting with them during the session, encouraging them to ask questions and see and hear these masterpieces brought to new, exciting life. 

This popular, educational series will serve more than 600 students in 2013-2014 with four BachReach educational events in the Midtown Kansas City area, partnering with schools and the library to serve non-traditional audiences and/or disadvantaged youth. 

Recent BachReach Performances

  • Play On! at Sumner Academy
  • Tango Trio at Cristo Rey High School
  • Ferdinand the Bull at Shane Evans Dream Studio


BachReach Programs

Bach, Baroque and Live Music

This BachReach program introduces students to live chamber music of all genres: Bach, fiddle music and much more!

Ferdinand the Bull

The Ferdinand the Bull BachReach features the classic children’s picture book Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf, set to music by Alan Ridout for Solo Violin and Solo Actor.

This program teaches students about the metaphorical themes within the music and the story.



Stravinsky’s musical tour de force L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) serves as the focal point for this BachReach session. This performance will showcase a plethora of Kansas City’s finest musicians.

Marriage of True Minds

Ride the wave of emotions created by marrying Shakespeare’s text to the evocative music of Bach, Vivaldi, Dowland and Handel. This BachReach session unites BAS with the veteran actors from the highly acclaimed Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and the giants of music and literature. Robert Gibby Brand, one of Kansas City’s leading actors, hosts this unique offering.

Tango Trio

Three of Kansas City’s finest musicians form a magnificent Tango Trio for this special performance. This BachReach session introduces students to the sizzling music and rhythm of Piazzolla‘s Tangos and Milongas.

The musicians teach the basic elements of the rhythm to the students so they can accompany the trio in various Milongas. The trio enlighten the students about the culture of these important Latin dances and Argentinian composer Piazzolla.


Theme and Variations

A multigenre partnership with music and modern dance.

Vivaldi’s Winter (Seasons)

Students are introduced to Vivaldi‘s famous masterpiece Winter from The Four Seasons. 


In this Spanish themed BachReach, Students will take a wondrous journey through Iberia discovering intriguing dances and folk songs by Gaspar Sanz, Jose Martin, Manuel de Falla, Domenico Scarlatti and more.


Orchestra and Chamber Music Clinics

Elizabeth Suh Lane, Executive-Artistic Director/Founder of the Bach Aria Soloists, has been in high demand throughout the metropolitan high school districts to conduct clinics each year.

To organize a music clinic with Elizabeth for your school or ensemble, and to discuss payment details, please contact Andrew Lang at


Upcoming BachReach Sessions

Music Lecture Demonstration

Thursday, October 10
11-12:50 p.m. (Open to the Public)

Bach Aria Soloists and guests perform Spanish Baroque masters Marin, Sanz, Martin Y Coll and much more.

Elizabeth Suh Lane, Bach Aria Soloist artistic director, is joined by Beau Bledsoe, guitar, Sarah Tannehill, soprano, and Brandon Draper, percussion.

The ensemble will be on campus as part of JCCC’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

For more information, email Angel Mercier, Arts Education program director, or call her at 913-469-8500, ext. 4221.