Welcome! We’re glad you’re here!
We miss being with you and look forward to the time when we can perform together again. Like music groups everywhere, Solaris is watching and waiting for scientific information that will allow us to safely gather to rehearse and perform again, and allow you to safely attend our performances.
Solaris Vocal Ensemble is excited to share two videos to warm your heart just in time for Valentines’ Day!
Our recording of Rene Clausen’s O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose is a setting of the deeply stirring poem by beloved Scottish poet Robert Burns. This song from Solaris’ Vivat Musica – Music is Life! CD is an audience favorite!
Solaris’ men’s section singing Brothers Sing On is from our I Was Glad CD. This piece is a robust call for all to join in a “festival of song!”
We remain creative and adaptable and are actively working behind the scenes to offer you heart-warming online music selections while we wait to take the stage again. You can view our videos on our YouTube channel. Here are those we’ve released during the pandemic.
Over the past two seasons Solaris has been thrilled to premier new works by James Stewart, who, in addition to being a gifted composer, a very talented pianist and one of our terrific tenors, is an on-air host for Vermont Public Radio’s classical music station. This past fall we were privileged to premier his composition, We Will Be Free. James composed this deeply moving piece that evokes a world where people listen to each other, and fear fades away for Solaris over the summer and we were honored to record it as our first virtual choir project.
Here We Come A-Wassailing is arranged by Solaris’ Artistic Director, Dr. Dawn Willis. The tradition of “wassailing” which harkens back to the middle ages was an English custom where the lord of the manor would offer peasants food and a drink of wassail (a warm spiced fruit punch usually including spirits) at Christmastime in exchange for their goodwill and blessings. A modern equivalent is the tradition of “caroling” – singing carols from door-to-door with the hope of an invitation to come in for a festive drink or dessert. This arrangement was originally scored for mixed voices with brass quintet. It has been adapted for two trumpets and organ for this video.
Sing We Now of Christmas, is a joyous arrangement of the traditional French carol, Noel Nouvelet by Fred Prentice with an added harp part by Carol Burnett. This delightful carol relates the Christmas story including the glorious songs of the angels to the shepherds and the visit of the magi from afar.
This stunning arrangement of Silent Night, is from a live recording from one of our 2019 Holiday Concerts. It features Solaris sporano Gail Whitehouse and harpist Rebecca Kauffman and was arranged by Tedd Firth and Judith Clurman.
Thank you for your support, through your gifts, your concert attendance, CD purchases, and your lovely comments. We miss you and hope you are well in these unprecedented times. We will resume in 2021 when possible.
Before we go, we want to share Solaris’ recording of one of our favorite pieces – Joy Be With You All arranged by Douglas Wagner. Here are a few of the lyrics from this very special piece…
We send this gentle song to you
With all our hearts and feelings true.
Let it sing to you where’er you go,
Endless blessings on your life bestow.
We all look forward to singing together again! Till then, take good care of yourself and be well.
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What our Audience members are saying:
- Stunning, nuanced, and diverse program in a lovely quintessentially New England setting. Waterbury 12/13/19 Gail Schwarz
- The voices were lovely! So powerful, gently vulnerable, and enveloping. Stunning. Charlotte 12/14/19 Karen McKenny
- I am stunned, simply stunned by the superb musical quality of the Solaris chorus. Burlington 12/15/19 Kristin Johnson
- A warm conbination of talet and community. Thank you Solaris for this gift. This is my favorite concert on the year! This Shining Night Concert 2/08/2020 Ann Owen
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