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Bach Aria Soloists adds excellent string ensemble for the concert with The Kansas City Chorale on June 16.

Bach Aria Soloists and the Kansas City Chorale
7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 16
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Tickets: $35/adults, $17/students

Tickets available at the door beginning at 7 p.m.

Bach Aria Soloists is honored to be partnering with the Grammy-winning Kansas City Chorale for our upcoming concert! It has been about a decade since we last collaborated.

Joining Elizabeth Suh Lane and Elisa Williams Bickers of Bach Aria Soloists will be three exceptional Kansas City instrumentalists (L-R): Destiny Ann Mermagen, violin, Michael Mermagen, cello, and Ashley Stanfield, viola.

“Firstly, working with Charles Bruffy and the Kansas City Chorale will be a culminating highlight,” says Elizabeth Suh Lane, Violinist, Founder and Artistic/Executive Director of BAS, “especially with the beautiful, unique soundscape of choral and instrumental music from Bach, Britten, and Vaughan Williams. Putting together the ensemble of strings and organ with our new friends, excellent cellist Michael Mermagen, and violinist Destiny Mermagen, plus, violist Ashley Stanfield will be such a memorable experience! We cannot wait!”

Michael Mermagen
Cellist Michael Mermagen (M.M. The Juilliard School, B.M. The Peabody Conservatory of Music) is associate professor of cello at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. He made his debut at age 16 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after receiving its Young Soloist Award. He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School with principal teachers Stephen Kates and Zara Nelsova. Mr. Mermagen was a soloist with the National Orchestra of New York, where he held the prestigious Emanuel Feuermann principal cello chair. He has also performed in the Violoncello Society of New York Master Classes lead by Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker and Bernard Greenhouse. Michael has toured and given recitals, concerto performances, master classes and chamber music performances around the world, most recently with the Aspen String Trio. As an artist-faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and School (where he is also an alumnus), Mr. Mermagen has held the prestigious position of principal cellist of the Aspen Chamber Symphony for more than 25 seasons.

Destiny Ann Mermagen

Winner of international competitions and performance awards, Destiny Ann Mermagen has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in many prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Opera House and Millennium Stage; Strathmore Hall; New York City’s Carnegie Hall; and others across the United States, Europe and Russia. 
In 2011, Destiny Ann was featured as soloist at the International Midwest Clinic in Chicago, performing Mendelssohn’s D minor Violin Concerto for string orchestra, and at the 2013 IDRS Conference in Los Angeles, performing Paganini’s Duos for Violin and Bassoon.

Ashley Stanfield
Kansas City native Ashley Stanfield began studying viola at age 13 in the Shawnee mission school district string program. She went on to complete her high school education at both the Interlochen and Idyllwild Arts academies where she studied with David Holland, Donald McInnes and Evan Wilson. From 2006-2013, she was a member of the Hampden String Quartet, which performed at many festivals across the United Kingdom and was awarded the Sir John Barbirolli string quartet prize in 2008. She also enjoys playing chamber music locally with friends and with her husband, violinist Keith Stanfield. As a duo they have given concerts in Italy, France, Monaco, Germany, Spain, India and across the U.K.

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