How Does a Classical Music Ensemble Perform Tango? Naturally!

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Tango is an ideal match for BAS, in the city celebrated for its jazz history.

Night of Tango
7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21
The Folly Theater
Tickets $20-$60 • Purchase tickets online or call the Folly Box Office at 816-474-4444

Tango occupies a unique place in Bach Aria Soloists’ repertoire. Like jazz, Tango evolved from being dance music to having a place on the concert stage. And like most classical chamber music, Tango is composed, although both can easily accommodate improvisational elements.

So it is entirely natural for BAS to perform Tango and the compositions of Astor Piazzolla, especially a city so rich in jazz history.

“Kansas City has proven that they love Jazz and Tango. We believe our community will relish in this concert of Piazzolla’s passionate music expertly combining his singular language of Tango with jazz and classical influences,” says Elizabeth Suh Lane, Artistic Director-Founder-violinist.

Concert for the Ages

Bach Aria Soloists will return to one of its most acclaimed programs when it presents Night of Tango with two world-class masters of the genre, bandoneónist Héctor Del Curto — 2018 Grammy winner for Best Latin Jazz Album — and Latin Grammy-nominated pianist Gustavo Casenave.

It has been five years since Bach Aria Soloists last performed their celebrated Night of Tango, named “Best concert of 2013” and “A concert for the ages” by KCMetropolis. Night of Tango will feature the beloved quintet classics by Astor Piazzolla, Argentina’s most famous composer and virtuoso bandoneónist who revolutionized Tango and remains a towering figure more than 25 years after his death.

The evening’s ensemble will consist of:

  • Elizabeth Suh Lane, violin, Bach Aria Soloists
  • Beau Bledsoe, guitar, Bach Aria Soloists
  • Kansas City bassist Jeff Harshbarger
  • Héctor Del Curto, bandoneón
  • Gustavo Casenave, piano
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