Thanks to everyone who nominated Solaris in Seven Days’ 7 Daysies contest. We are in the finals in 2 categories – Best Choral Ensemble and Best Classical Music Group or Ensemble.
Finalist voting is open until Monday, June 24, at 5 p.m. The
group with the most votes win.
To vote, click here. You’ll find our categories in the Arts and Entertainment section. Thanks for helping!
The Lake Champlain 5th & 6th Grade Chorus, Steve Olson, Director, will join Solaris in our Waterbury concert on Friday, April 12 @ 7:30pm for part of the performance. Thee Solaris women will join the students to perform To Make Me Smile, which was written by a former Lake Champlain student, Noah Marconi!
And on Sunday, April 14, 3:00pm in Burlington, the Colchester High School Chamber Singers under the direction of Melissa Towle will brighten our concert, performing alone and in tandem with Solaris.
Very excited to have these young folks join us!
Biography: Clayton Hamilton is currently the Band Director at Burlington High School. He leads four different bands and teaches theory, guitar, and piano classes. He previously held teaching positions in MA before moving here in the Fall of 2017. An avid performer, he has performed with the Burlington Civic Orchestra and been a guest soloist with the Houghton College Chamber Orchestra. Clayton holds a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Education from Houghton College.
FOR RELEASE Week Ending December 14
Solaris Vocal Ensemble
Solaris Vocal Ensemble Holiday Concerts
Solaris Vocal Ensemble presents holiday concerts in three venues – Waterbury, Charlotte, and Burlington on December 14, 15, and 16, 2018. The choral ensemble, led by Artistic Director Dr. Dawn O. Willis, will be joined by guest instrumentalist, Grammy-nominated, Vermont based flutist Karen Kevra. Solaris also hosts, in its Waterbury concert, Harwood Union High School honors choir I Cantori.
The holiday-themed program, “Christmas with Solaris” includes festive selections for mixed voices with flute, organ, and four-hand piano. Kevra, in addition to solo turns, joins the ensemble for Gustav Holst’s Christmas Day, and to premiere a stunning new arrangement of the beloved carol, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, by Vermont composer James Stewart. James is familiar to many as a regular host on Vermont Public Radio Classical. The performance also includes portions of Antonin Dvorak’s Mass in D Major, plus seasonal works by Rachmaninoff, by Robert DeCormier, David Dusing, Dale Warland and more.
The concerts will be held on Friday, December 14th at the Waterbury Congregational Church at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 15th at Charlotte United Church of Christ at 7:30pm; and on Sunday, December 16th at the College Street Congregational Church in Burlington at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and students, infants under one year free. Tickets can be purchased at the Flynn Theatre Box Office (Flynntix.org) or at the door. Visit the Solaris website for more information and to purchase tickets: www.SolarisEnsemble.org.
Solaris Vocal Ensemble is a Vermont based chamber choir of mixed voices dedicated to creating exciting and meaningful performances of outstanding choral repertoire.
Thanks to everyone who gave to Solaris on Giving Tuesday!
WE thought you might like to know more about the guest artist for our
December concerts, flutist Karen Kevra:
Karen Kevra has won attention as one of the country's outstanding flutists
through her distinctive warm and extroverted performances and has been
hailed as "having a musical focus and depth seen in few flutists anywhere."
Kevra's recording of Works for Flute and Piano by Louis Moyse along with
pianist Paul Orgel earned a 2003 Grammy nomination and accolades from
numerous American reviewers. Romantic Music for Flute and Piano, her latest
CD with pianist Jeffrey Chappell, was praised by flutist Sir James Galway,
and the Boston Musical Intelligencer for "sublimely satisfying
flute-playing." Kevra has performed throughout the United States, Canada,
and Europe including performances at Carnegie Hall, the French Embassy in
Washington, DC, and on French National Television, and has shared the stage
with members of the Emerson and Talich String Quartets, the Paris Piano
Trio, Borromeo String Quartet, Boston Chamber Music Society, and Trey
Anastasio of Phish. Kevra is the founder and Artistic Director of Capital
City Concerts of Montpelier, Vermont.
Get ready for GIVING TUESDAY – the perfect antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday! On Tuesday after Thanksgiving, November 27, 2018, when you make a gift to Solaris via Facebook, it has the possibility of being matched dollar for dollar. Many, many non-profit groups are competing for these matching funds, so making your gift early in the day is suggested to receive the maximum benefit. The magic only happens that Tuesday! Because we are so excited by this opportunity, we are holding the printing of our 2018-19 program booklet in order to be able to include your name among the donors. We sincerely wish you a very happy Thanksgiving weekend, and hope you will also want to offer thanks for continuing choral music performances by Solaris, by visiting our Facebook page on Giving Tuesday!
To everyone who rode the Wheel of Fortune with us Saturday night April 7 for our performance of Carmina Burana, THANK you for your attendance and support! Special thanks the the Saint Michael’s College Department of Fine Arts for sponsoring Solaris’ performance! O, Fortuna!
Great article about Solaris/Carmina performance in the Lake Champlain Weekly. Thanks, Benjamin Pomerance!:
And in the Saint Michael’s College Magazine. Thanks, St. Mike’s!: