SOLI Chamber Ensemble
SOLI Chamber Ensemble to Perform in Celebration of National Chamber Music Month
SOLI is joining in national celebration of chamber music
SOLI Chamber Ensemble, winner of 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, concludes its 2012-2013 Season, YEAR OF THE NEW, with a unique program entitled POWER OF THE STORY. The program will be a part National Chamber Music Month, a nationwide initiative to draw attention to small ensemble performance.
SOLI’s program is one of hundreds taking place across the country this May as part of this second annual series. Last year, participants in all fifty states took part in events showcasing ensemble music of all styles, including classical, jazz, world, and early music, as well as contemporary and experimental works informed by emerging technologies and innovative performance techniques.
Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals and the organization behind National Chamber Music Month, has encouraged ensembles and presenters, both well-known and emerging, to utilize this month to increase public awareness of chamber music performance and to attract new audiences within their own communities.
Renowned baritone Timothy Jones and internationally recognized flutist Angela Jones-Reus will join SOLI for their final program of the 2012-2013 season, Power of the Story. Amichai Songs by Daniel Asia (The World Premiere and SOLI’s sixth commission of the season) will be the centerpiece of the program that celebrates the voice and the story. Originally written for Asia’s newly recorded Symphony No. 5, these songs are inspired by the poems of famous Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai.
The program will continue with Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together. With its powerful text taken from a letter written by Sam Melville, an inmate killed in the 1971 Attica prison riots Coming Together is a superb example of ‘activist’ music, a composition motivated by social issues (in this case the situation 40 years ago at Attica penitentiary in New York, and the ongoing impact of incarceration as a means of implementing criminal justice in societies).
Our third and final “Women in Music” featured work is Judith Shatin’s Werther, inspired by Goethe’s novel, “Sorrow of Young Werther.” The Opera San Antonio’s Artistic Director Tobias Picker’s setting of I am in Need of Music by poet Elizabeth Bishop, Jeffery Mumford’s further evolving, and the World Premiere performance of Daniel Asia's solo clarinet work The Jane Set will round out the program.
Chamber Music America defines chamber music as works for small ensembles of 2–10 members, playing one to a part and generally performing without a conductor.
“Chamber music is a vibrant and diverse field,” said Margaret M. Lioi, CEO of Chamber Music America. “It includes contemporary music, jazz, world music, Western classical, and styles that draw from all of these. National Chamber Music Month will showcase the richness of chamber music through performances in urban and rural areas across the country, and we are thrilled that so many presenters and ensembles are participating.”
For information on other performances taking place across the country during National Chamber Music Month, visit www.chamber-music.org.
SOLI receives prestigious award
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Thrilling news—Chamber Music America (CMA) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) have just named SOLI Chamber Ensemble this year’s winner of their Adventurous Programming Award in the Contemporary Ensemble category!
Established jointly by Chamber Music America (CMA) and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the annual awards recognize U.S.-based professional ensembles and presenters for distinctive programming of music composed within the past 25 years. The recipients, chosen by an independent panel of judges, were evaluated on the basis of their programming and innovations in attracting audiences to performances of new music. SOLI received the award based on its programming and commissions last season, which included premieres of works by such composers as Brian Bondari, Xi Wang, Dan Welcher, Doug Balliett, and Paul Moravec, as well as Prelude to the End by composer Steven Mackey and video artist Mark DeChiazza. This was the first time the Ensemble has applied for this coveted national award.
The award ceremony will be held during the 35th Annual Chamber Music America National Conference on January 20, 2013 in New York City and I’ll be representing not just the four of us but all of our supporters when I go to New York to accept the award.
Our 2012-13 Season is well under way and another exciting one it is. We’ll play six new commissions, and all of our concerts feature World Premieres. Our inaugural "Women in Music" series will feature two amazing female composers and Baritone Timothy Jones joins us again for the May concerts. As part of the San Antonio Symphony's Brahms Festival, we’ll present music by Brahms, Schumann and Dietrich at the San Antonio Museum of Art and a joint performance with Ballet San Antonio exploring the alleged "Love triangle" between Brahms and Robert and Clara Schumann. We’ll also curate a special concert entitled "SO(LI) Surreal" at the McNay Art Museum in conjunction with the museum’s "Real/Surreal" exhibit.
We could not present adventurous new classical music without the support of our many wonderful fans like you. May we count on you to support SOLI this season with a year-end gift?
By including SOLI among your year-end charitable giving you will help us continue to present the kind of innovative programming that earned the prestigious CMA/ASCAP award. You will help fund new commissions, recording projects, guest artists and four new concert programs.
You can make your tax-deductible gift securely online right here by clicking on the Donation Button of your choice or mail it to "SOLI Chamber Ensemble" @ P.O.BOX 6062, San Antonio TX, 78209
Thank you, Season’s Greetings, and see you at the concerts in the New Year!
SOLI Violinist & Managing/Artistic Director