SOLI 1 QUANTUM CHANGE
Life can drone along at a hum for years
then break into a short but glorious chorus that changes us forever.
Rebecca Webber, Psychology Today September 2010
SOLI Chamber Ensemble, San Antonio's renowned contemporary chamber group, announces its 2011-2012 Season, entitled PEAK EXPERIENCE. This season's programs follow the exciting stages in a Peak Experience: Quantum Change, R/Evolution, Flow, and at last, Freedom. Read the article that inspired the season, 'Big Moments' (Psychology Today, September 2010), at www.solichamberensemble.com. The season opening concert, entitled Quantum Change will take place on Monday, November 14 at 7:30pm at Gallery Nord and Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30pm in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on the campus of Trinity University, where SOLI is Ensemble in Residence. SOLI is Ertan Torgul, violin, Stephanie Key, clarinet, David Mollenauer, cello, and Carolyn True, piano.
In January, the ensemble's 2011-2012 Season will continue with a program entitled Beethoven R/Evolutions as part of the San Antonio Symphony's citywide Beethoven Festival. SOLI will premiere no less than four newly commissioned works by exciting composers inspired by Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, and a new arrangement of the Fuge for SOLI. In March, SOLI brings back violist and friend Rita Porfiris and introduces violinist Anton Miller in another exciting program entitled Flow. To blow out the end of the season in May, SOLI has commissioned a new work from internationally recognized composer Steven Mackey and video artist Mark DeChiazza. Together these world-class artists have been breaking boundaries while creating gorgeous, expressive works. Come and see their latest creation!
SOLI's season opener features works by American composers Mason Bates, Peter Lieuwen, and Gabriela Lena Frank. Quantum Change is all about the journey, where it leads, and the transformation that comes with it. We will head downstream on a legendary Red River with Mason Bates, experience Peter Lieuwen's vision of the Western US in Overland Dream, and weave the threads together on a journey through colorful Peruvian landscapes with Gabriela Frank's new work Hilos (Threads). Let Quantum Change transport you someplace new!
Mason Bates' musical language lies at the intersection of three major streams of contemporary music -- jazz and its offshoots, classical music with all its harmonic and textural experimentation, and electronica. His Red River, written in 2007 for clarinet, violin, cello, piano and computer-generated sound track, traces the Colorado River's path from its origins in the Rockies, through the Grand Canyon, ending in the California desert. It exudes a sense of Americana for the 21st century.
As the title suggests, Overland Dream is a panoramic soundscape of the American West. Having lived in New Mexico, California and Texas, the dramatic natural beauty of these places continues to influence and inspire Peter Lieuwen's music. While the movement and energy created by the motor-rhythm, suggest a passing landscape as seen from a train, car or horseback, the broad harmonies are intended to provide shifting instrumental colors as variations of light and the season.
Alluding to the beauty of Peruvian textiles, both in their construction and in their pictorial content of everyday life, the eight short movements of Gabriela Lena Frank's Hilos is a kind of Peruvian "pictures at an exhibition." Players are mixed and matched in various combinations, and draw on a myriad of sounds evocative of indigenous music.
The program will include:
Red River (2007)Mason Bates (b. 1977)
for violin, clarinet, cello, piano, electronics
I.The Continental Divide
III.Zuni Visions From The Canyon Walls
IV.Hoover Slates Vegas
V.Running Dry On The Sonoran Floor
Overland Dream (2011)Peter Lieuwen(b. 1953)
for violin, clarinet, cello and piano
Hilos (2010)Gabriela Lena Frank (b. 1972)
for violin, clarinet, cello and piano
I.Canto del Altiplano
II.Zapatos de Chincha
IV.Danza de los Diablos
Trinity University, Ruth Taylor Recital Hall
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
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