Elizabeth Suh Lane, Founder, Artistic Director, and Violinist of Bach Aria Soloists sat down with us recently to reflect on the early beginnings of this incredible chamber ensemble.
She described her initial inspiration for Bach Aria Soloists as the Bach Festival in New York: “I was really inspired by the cantatas, …where the arias come from.” Elizabeth thought a classical quartet centered around Bach would work, but also looked beyond to Baroque. The group would later describe their repertoire as music from “Bach and composers inspired by Bach.”
Elizabeth remembered their initial year as Bach Aria Soloists began with only one performance: “I had the idea of starting with a house concert because…it was a really nice way to get to know people and getting to people who were interested in this type of music.”
Elizabeth described the magic of a Bach Aria Soloists’ Hauskonzert and why it would become the highlight event of each season for the past 20 years: “Everybody loves the house concert, and it is really special. It’s not just about the music, of course, it’s…getting to know you, getting to know the musicians better, having the reception afterwards, having the food, putting all the senses together into one experience, a really intimate one, where’s there’s no stage apart from the audience altogether.”
Check out our upcoming 20th Anniversary season: https://bachariasoloists.com/tickets
Our season begins with the Bach, Beer, and Bites event at the Boulevard Brewery on September 8th. Each year our Hauskonzert sells out and has become so popular that this event is limited to season subscription holders. You can still become a community concert subscriber and enjoy four new BAS performances or purchase tickets to individual events.