James’ Blog

A Miracle: The Complete Messiah

Many would agree that Handel’s Messiah is probably the most revered oratorio of all time, and its popularity is somewhat similar to the Nutcracker, especially during the Holiday season. Although originally written for Easter season, Handel’s Messiah has become more...

Make Your Donation Go Further on Colorado Gives Day

Each year, Colorado Bach Ensemble participates in the state’s largest single day of giving – Colorado Gives Day. This 24-hour movement is one of the largest and most successful of its kind in the nation, connecting tens of thousands of donors with over 2,300...

A Story Told By Soloists

The Parable of the Great Banquet As we move into our first concert of the season, we're sharing a bit about the beautiful chorale-cantata Beloved Soul, adorn yourself as it is part of Bach’s 1724 annual cycle. This work features Johann Frank’s chorale melody of the...

Season 2018: A Journey Through the Sacred and Secular

J.S. Bach was industrious. We have more than 1,000 surviving works written by the composer, and who knows how many more he wrote. Since Colorado Bach Ensemble was founded in 2012, we’ve presented all of his major works; Mass in B minor, the two Passions, and the...

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...