James’ Blog

The Soloists of Mass in B Minor

Joined by a distinguished quartet of soloists and Artistic Director James Kim, Colorado Bach Ensemble is thrilled to once again present one of the towering masterpieces of Western civilization, Johan Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor. Finally completed in the last year...

Why Mass in B Minor is So Special

Bach’s Mass in B Minor is a unique composition. J.S. Bach was a hard-core Lutheran, and most of his vocal works were composed for specific liturgy as part of Protestant worship services. Martin Luther, the Lutheran reformer, had a significant influence on the...

Bach: Quintessential Teacher and Learner

Johann Sebastian Bach was a consummate musician. He began his training with his father learning to play the violin and the harpsichord, and his older brother Johann Christoph Bach taught him to play the organ during his early years. When he was 15 years old, he moved...

Choose Colorado Bach Ensemble on Colorado Gives Day!

It’s that time of year again - the leaves are falling, the snow has already made a couple of appearances, we are gearing up to start rehearsals for our annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, and Colorado Gives Day is just around the corner! A holiday tradition in...

Meet our Messiah Soloists

Soloists are a counterpoint between conductor and orchestra and lend their talents to Colorado Bach Ensemble's collaborative efforts to perform music. For the upcoming Messiah performances, we will have four soloists with very close connections to Colorado.   Andrew...

Bach’s Enduring Influence

As a music student, I had to study 18th-century counterpoint as a core curriculum.  Simply put, the content of that class was how to write a fugue -- like Bach did. For those who are not familiar with the term, a fugue is a contrapuntal composition in which a short...

The Colorado Bach Ensemble Story

In 2011, Colorado State University hosted a National Collegiate Choral Organization’s biennial conference in Fort Collins. This was a gathering of nearly 500 collegiate choral directors from across the country participating in performances, lectures, reading sessions,...

Our Community of Musicians

Performing Bach is challenging, especially for those of us who don’t get to perform this music often. This summer, I had a chance to visit Leipzig (where Bach worked for 27 years) and hear the St. Thomas Boys Choir for the first time. These young men and boys continue...

Our Awesome 2016 Season

Bach's Enduring Legacy In 1997, I heard a live performance of St. Matthew Passion in Germany under the direction of Helmuth Rilling. That experience simply changed my life. 20 years later, I had the honor of performing it again in Colorado with some amazing musicians...