ABS is saddened to learn of the death of bass baritone James Weaver on May 3, 2015. Weaver was a soloist on many ABS recordings and a featured artist with the ensemble between 1990 and 2006. 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.
ABS Recordings featuring bass baritone James Weaver:
Bach Cantata Series II: Trauerode
Bach Cantata Series IV: Cantatas for Easter
Bach Cantata Series V: Weimar Cantatas
Bach: Mass in B Minor
Bach: St. Matthew Passion
Schütz: Choral & Vocal Works
An Obituary for Mr. Weaver appeared in the Williamsburg Daily Press.