2000 Bach Aria Soloists launched the first Hauskonzert of its series. Each Hauskonzert in a benefactor’s residence recreates the concept for chamber music that Bach originally offered in his own home and in his Kaffee series. Through Hauskonzerts, we offer the most magnificent music to intimate audiences in exquisite settings complete with delectable food, drink and camaraderie.
2000 Bach Aria Soloists’ Concert series began with a Hauskonzert at the home of Leslie Bowles Lerner, founding board member.
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 conducted masterclasses to the top college students from the Fine Arts department in piano, voice, and strings, as well as a free public concert. BAS 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 in 2004.
2005 Bach Aria Soloists was invited to perform on the Nantucket Arts Council Series in a capacity concert at the Coffin School in Nantucket, MA. The Kauffman Foundation invited the Bach Aria Soloists to present professional development classes entitled Bach to the Future to their employees who had the unique opportunity of attending a vibrant Open Rehearsal by BAS artists, 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 performed by Elizabeth Suh Lane with modern dance. Our first dance collaboration!
2007 Dr. Christoph Wolff, pre-eminent Bach scholar, made his Kansas City debut with Bach Aria Soloists’ Bach Unlocked performance for a record-breaking crowd at the Kansas City Public Library. The Adams University Professor of Music at Harvard University, founding Director of the Bach Archiv in Leipzig. Dr. Christoph Wolff appeared with BAS on April 28.
2009 BAS and the contemporary dance ensemble Owen-Cox Dance Group partnered for 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 commentate Bach Aria Soloists’ concert Inspired by Bach. With his signature style of humor and intellect, Bill introduced the stories behind the music of Bach and Bartok for broadcast on Kansas Public Radio in a live Hauskonzert at the Lerner home.
2011 Our premiere event Night of Tango featured Tango legends Héctor Del Curto, bandonéon and Gustavo Casenave, piano; Jeff Harshbarger, guest bassist, performing classic Piazzolla with BAS for a standing room only event. Bach & Jazz Inventions with KC’s favorite jazzmaster Bobby Watson was another hugely successful, innovative partnership inspired by Bach.
2012 Bach Aria Soloists was invited to perform for more than 2500 listeners at the new Kauffman Center for Performing Arts on opening weekend. Our Ferdinand the Bull and Musical Tales held a capacity crowd at Central Library, and our finale of the season was the 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 Bach Aria Soloists and a pop-up concert at The Ship. Night of Tango at the Kauffman Center was a “concert for the ages” for an overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience of 1100.
2014 Pre-eminent Bach scholar Dr. Christoph Wolff returned to Kansas City to join BAS in Bach Enlightened for a capacity crowd at the Kansas City Central Library.
2015 Contemporary dance ensemble Owen/Cox Dance partnered with BAS, again, for their dynamic Sonata Project at the Folly Theater. Premiere partnership with NewEar Contemporary Ensemble with Stravinsky’s brilliant Histoire du Soldat.
2016 The sold-out premiere of BAS’ Adventures of Don Quixote, inspired by Cervantes’ novel, with veteran actor Mark Robbins as the Knight errant, Rob Bickers as his Squire, with evocative Spanish music of the period, and Telemann’s rollicking Suite from Don Quixote.