SOLI Chamber Ensemble

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How does a chamber group dedicated to modern music fit into a Mozart Festival? The answer is a little like “Singin’ in the Rain.” In that movie, the talkie that Gene Kelly has just made is a flop, and to salvage it the studio decides to turn a black-and-white period piece into the dream sequence of a technicolor musical.

Page Graham

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio continues its recent theme of interpreting classical music through a rock-n-roll filter. The recent passing of rock legend David Bowie made Troy Peters think something had to be done.

Clarice Assad

I have anticipated the premiere of Clarice Assad's song cycle, "Elementos," since Soli Chamber Ensemble first announced their 2015-16 concert season. I have watched with interest the evolution of Clarice as a composer since I first heard her "Violin Concerto" over a decade ago.

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SOLI Chamber Ensemble’s season begins this week right here in San Antonio.

"SOLI Chamber Ensemble is the only contemporary classical music ensemble in San Antonio, and we present works from 20th and 21st Century composers," says Artistic Director Ertan Torgul. "Most of our work is actually with living composers. We have commissioned 46 new works, and gave premieres of those works in San Antonio for over 20 years.”

Albany Records

For over 20 years, SOLI Chamber Ensemble has been holding the flag for modern music in San Antonio. What does modern music mean? To SOLI, it just means that it’s been written recently. Along with performing established masterworks of the 20th century, SOLI has commissioned over 40 pieces of music by living composers. The results have been surprising. “We love the challenges of the more avant-garde sounding pieces,” admits Ertan Torgul, the group’s violinist.

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