Bach Extravaganza Featured in The Kansas City Star

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“As a scholar, I have focused on Bach because it’s simply the best music ever and it never fades,” Marissen said. “People who come to this concert will experience Bach’s music as so spectacularly life affirming.”

Combine a performance by the Bach Aria Soloists with a lecture by one of the world’s most renowned Bach scholars and you have a “Bach Extravaganza.” Violinist Elizabeth Suh Lane, keyboardist Elisa Bickers, soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson and cellist Hannah Collins will join Bach expert Michael Marissen for this enlightening presentation Feb. 22 at Westport Presbyterian Church.

The all-Bach program will include arias from the Cantata No. 51, the Cello Suite in C, the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and a harpsichord concerto, which Bickers will perform on Westport Presbyterian’s wonderful Martin Pasi organ. Marissen, professor emeritus of music at Swarthmore College and author of the recent book, “Bach and God,” will share his profound insights into the music of Bach.

“As a scholar, I have focused on Bach because it’s simply the best music ever and it never fades,” Marissen said. “People who come to this concert will experience Bach’s music as so spectacularly life affirming.”

7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Westport Presbyterian Church, 201 Westport Road. $17-$35. www.bachariasoloists.com.

This article originally appeared in The Kansas City Star Online Edition.

Erin MurphyBach Extravaganza Featured in The Kansas City Star