BRONX ARTS ENSEMBLE
BAE presents music as diverse as the people of the Bronx, performing a large number of free and affordable programs every year in a variety of neighborhoods in the borough.
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In addition to our core ensemble of professional wind and string players, we present a huge variety of exceptional artists to our audiences in the Bronx.
Recent guest artists have included bassist and vocalist Mimi Jones; legendary saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Paquito D’Rivera; Indian classical musicians Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, and jazz pianist Elio Villafranca, who premiered with BAE the woodwind version of his Cinque Suite, which has been nominated for a Latin Jazz Grammy.
In our ongoing mission to provide a wide variety of musical opportunities for Bronx artists and audiences, we program our seasons with a focus on “Music Through a Global Lens.”
In the 2018-19 season, the spotlight is on music from Mexico, from classical music by Mexican composers to Latin jazz to traditional music from the countryside of Veracruz. We present both music that reflects the communities in which we perform and music from outside those traditions, giving our audiences the chance to discover new things.
Since 1976, when BAE gave the New York premiere of Debussy’s opera fragment La Chute de la Maison Usher, we have presented numerous New York and world premieres including works by:
John Freeman, Robert Baksa, Roberto Sierra, Meyer Kupferman, Oliver Caplan, and many others. BAE’s albums include first recordings of the oratorio Bayoán and chamber opera El Mensajero de Plata by Roberto Sierra, Morton Gould’s Concerto Concertante, William Cepeda’s Bomba Sinfónica, as well as recordings of rarely-heard chamber pieces by Bruch, Rheinberger, and Louise Farrenc. In 2018 we also premiered Mary Ann McSweeney’s new children’s musical,
Participants in the William J. Scribner Young Bronx Artist Competition have the opportunity to win $500 and the chance to perform with the Bronx Arts Ensemble.
Our goal is to support talented high school musicians in the Bronx and help launch them as performers. Many former competition winners have gone on to fruitful musical careers. We have also launched a Junior Young Bronx Artist Competition, which provides private music lessons to the winner.