James Weaver, bass baritone

James Weaver, a soloist on many ABS recordings and a featured artist with the ensemble between 1990 and 2006, passed away on May 3, 2015. Often appearing with the group on programs comprised entirely of Bach cantatas, including the inaugural concert at St. Stephen’s Church in Belvedere on February 2, 1990, Weaver also appeared with the ensemble in Bach’s St. John Passion, Magnificat, Mass in B Minor, St. Matthew Passion, and in Handel’s Messiah.

A native of Detroit, Weaver studied at Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatory with Max van Egmond (who is a member of the ABS Academy Faculty). He enjoyed a distinguished international career, appearing with many of the finest orchestras and chamber ensembles in North America and Europe. He made numerous recordings with ABS and can also be heard on recordings for the Dorian, Smithsonian, Channel Classics, Ricercar, and Newport Classics labels.


James Weaver on ABS Recordings


"Jim's love of singing Bach and his superb understanding and mastery of Bach's rhetoric was so compelling that it drew his listeners deeply into the texts that Jim rendered so persuasively. He was loved by everyone at ABS and his singing will always be remembered as a treasured component - one of the cornerstones - of ABS's heritage."

- Jeffrey Thomas

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