Dear Friends of Solaris,
Solaris is celebrating our Fifth Anniversary this season and we have extraordinary performances planned for you! This would not be possible without your faithful support and continued presence with us during this very special musical journey.
New this season – Solaris has added a third December concert! Our festive trio of Holiday Lights concerts in December will feature works by Saint Michael’s College professor emeritus, Richard Stoehr (1874-1967), a prolific and highly-respected Austrian composer, who began his teaching career at the prestigious Academy of Music in Vienna. Fleeing the Nazis, he came to the US and accepted a teaching position at the renowned Curtis Institute. When the Institute was forced to let some faculty members go due to the reduced number of male students during the war years, Richard Stoehr accepted a position teaching German and Music at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. Solaris will perform his setting of the timeless Ave Maria text and A Grace for Christmas.
The concert will also include Leonard Bernstein’s Gloria Tibi. Bernstein was a student of Stoehr’s at Curtis. Eric Whitacre’s stunning Lux Aurumque and two favorite pieces from our very first concert, Dale Wood’s lovely Carol from an Irish Cabin, and Ola Gjeilo’s ethereal Northern Lights will capture the vocal diversity that is Solaris’ hallmark. The program’s centerpiece is Francesco Durante’s majestic Magnificat featuring our very special guest artists, the Green Taylor String Quartet.
In February we are delighted to present our annual This Shining Night benefit concert in support of the Burlington-based non-profit organization, STEPS to End Domestic Violence. Also in February Solaris will be joined by our friends from the Counterpoint Chorus and the Bella Voce Women’s Chorus to present a joint program of Richard Stoehr’s profound but under-performed choral works.
Finally, to cap off this amazing Fifth Anniversary celebration, Solaris will present Carl Orff’s exciting and popular work Carmina Burana. The powerful vocal score includes robust and evocative music for the full chorus and deeply moving and dramatic music for soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists. The instrumental forces for this major work will be pianists performing on two pianos and an extensive percussion section led by UVM Professor and Vermont Symphony Orchestra Principal Percussionist Thomas Toner. Plan to buy your tickets early through our website for our single performance of Carmina Burana in April.
Please be sure to mark your calendar for these exciting Solaris 2017-18 season performances. You can stay up-to-date with Solaris by following us on Facebook or at our website www.SolarisEnsemble.org where you can also subscribe to our email communication.
As we prepare for this remarkable anniversary season, on behalf of Solaris, I wish again to thank you for your ongoing support of the musical arts and hope you will continue to support us in this coming year. Solaris’ commitment to bring light and meaning to great choral works would not be possible without you. Donations received by November 17 will be included in the donor listing in our fall and spring concert programs.
I look forward to seeing you during this special anniversary year and again, my sincere gratitude for your generosity.
John Buck, Solaris Board Chair