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About Us

The Bach and Beethoven Ensemble (BBE) focuses on: 1) making classical music accessible through projects that are relevant, meaningful, and engaging to communities; 2) collaborating with artists across disciplines (e.g., musicians, actors, dancers, visual artists) and traditions (e.g., classical, folk, popular) to perform cross-genre, multidisciplinary projects; and 3) partnering with communities and organizations to bring our projects to audiences that are passionate about the art that we produce. Like Bach, we strive for the ideal. Like Beethoven, we push boundaries. We combine tradition and innovation: something old, something new.

The BBE has performed on several concert series, including the Chicago Cultural Center, Alice Millar’s “Music Mondays,” Canterbury Music Society, Academy of Early Music (Ann Arbor), and the Chicago Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. Other projects include a collaboration with internationally acclaimed Baroque dancer, Paige Whitley Baugess; the avant-garde world rock band Kmang Kmang on “Baroque rock,” a hybrid music genre project for Baroque and rock/electric band instruments; two semi-staged one-act operas, Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Charpentier’s Actéon; a tour of the Northeast, with stops in New York City, Boston, and Hartford; and a fully staged (re)premiere of Scotland’s first opera, The Gentle Shepherd, last seen in North America in 1798. The group has been featured in Early Music America and WFMT’s blog; received special recognition in Strings Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and the RedEye; and received favorable critical reviews in the Hyde Park Herald and Herald Times.

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Thomas Aláan from BBE: the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble
Thomas Aláan
Executive Director
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We make classical music accessible through projects that are relevant, meaningful, and engaging to communities by 1) collaborating with artists across disciplines and traditions to perform cross-genre, multidisciplinary projects, and 2) by partnering with relevant organizations for mutual...
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