Winner of 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award
Celebrating its 24th season this year, SOLI Chamber Ensemble has upheld its reputation for giving new voice to 20th and 21st century classical contemporary music and for its strong commitment to commissioning new works. Known for breathing life into the music of living composers, SOLI has twice been voted “Best Chamber Ensemble” by The San Antonio Current and continues to mesmerize audiences with its cutting edge performances around the country. Founded in 1994, San Antonio Texas based ensemble annually presents seasons of innovative programs and breaks down stereotypes linked with classical music by performing in art galleries and other intimate spaces, which allows allowing audiences to get up close to the performers and the music and therefore enhancing their concert going experience.
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SOLI’s touring schedule has taken them to such cities as Houston, Denver, Austin, Colorado Springs, Louisville and Dallas among many others. SOLI was one of the first chamber ensembles invited to perform in the first-ever classical music event at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music & Media Festival in Austin, Texas. SOLI performed the music of Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Michael Torke and John Adams to a sellout crowd at this Boosey & Hawkes Music Company-sponsored program.
SOLI’s strong commitment for commissioning new works has resulted in 50 amazing works over the past 20 years from both emerging and established composers. The ensemble has premiered works by composers such as Steven Mackey, Paul Moravec, Ned Rorem, Robert X. Rodriguez, Tim Kramer, David Heuser, Alexandra Gardner, Elliott McKinley, Erich Stem and Jack Stamps.
SOLI Chamber Ensemble is also deeply devoted to education. Each season, SOLI presents a series of short concerts for young people entitled “SOLI Saturday’s”. These concerts are designed to introduce the music of today and tomorrow to our next generation of listeners. As Trinity University’s Ensemble in Residence since 2008, SOLI performs frequently on the campus, conducts open rehearsals, advises, guides and coaches student chamber groups, and closely works with the student composers.
Annually SOLI takes its residency program on tour to other universities and colleges throughout the U.S. Through the outreach programs, the Ensemble is able to reach audiences whom otherwise may not be able to attend live performances of any kind. SOLI uses the music of our time to reach people in hospitals, hospices, clinics and rehabilitation centers. SOLI Chamber Ensemble has received numerous awards including 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award and grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, New Music USA’s Creative Connections, Meet the Composer, and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts, the Argosy Foundation, The Amphion Foundation, The Tobin Endowment, the Cornyation Foundation, and the City of San Antonio, Department of Culture and Creative Development, among others.