When Solaris Vocal Ensemble, Bella Voce Women’s Chorus (both under the direction of Dr. Dawn Willis) and Counterpoint chorus (under Nathaniel G. Lew’s direction) perform together in concert on Sunday February 18, 2018 at Saint Michael’s College, they will be part of an exciting event, Echoes – the Choral Music of Richard Stoehr.
Solaris is thrilled to be a part of this concert which will bring to the light the not-forgotten but never-heard compositions of Professor Emeritus of Saint Michael’s College, Richard Stoehr (1847-1967.) Most of the works to be performed are debuting for the first time world-wide (!), thanks to the Saint Michael’s Department of Fine Arts, of which Nathaniel Lew is the Department Chair, and also to Solaris’ Collaborative Accompanist, Dr. Susan Summerfield (former Department Chair, retiring from the College this spring.)
Solaris Ensemble have been priming its audience with works by Stoehr for a few past concerts now, having performed his magnificent “Crossing the Bar” in spring of 2017, and in December of 2017, “A Grace for Christmas.” In the February concert, “…Grace” will be sung as a charming finale by all three ensembles together.
When Solaris is the featured chorus on February 18, our ensemble will have the privilege of again presenting “Crossing the Bar,” an expansively set piece with a text of triumphant conquest of our last voyage as humans. (see text)
We are likewise excited to present a bit of Stoehr’s sense of humor on the subject of love, entitled “The Great Adventurer.” Although it may not completely align with modern sensibilities in some ways, it never the less is a timeless treatment of a favorite subject matter of the ages. (see text)
In addition to the joint-choral finale, Solaris’ men will join Counterpoint men for Stoehr’s beautiful setting of “Ave Maria.”
We enthusiastically invite you to this unique event, funded in part by a grant from the Marc and Dana vanderHeyden Endowment for the Arts at Saint Michael’s College. Admission to the concert is free, with a voluntary donation taken to help fund a recording project of these marvelous works. Hope to see you there! MORE INFO
Last night, we gave our This Shining Night concert to an appreciative audience AND raised money for STEPS to End Domestic Violence! Great job, Solaris singers, and thanks to all audience members who helped to make this a successful benefit for STEPS!
Each year, Solaris proudly fulfills its mission to serve the community through music, by presenting a concert to benefit a local non-profit organization. This Shining Night 2018 is for the benefit of STEPS To End Domestic Violence, for the second year in a row, to help provide a financial boost to this worthy organization. Free concert; attendees are encouraged to make a contribution to STEPS.
The ensemble will perform together as well as in smaller groups and as soloists – a smorgasbord of talent! This free concert will feature vibrant choral works including Richard Stoehr’s expansive Crossing the Bar, Morten Lauridsen’s lovely Sure on this Shining Night, and a sneak preview of our spring 2018 presentation, Carmina Burana! Also featured will be a delightful array of vocal solos and small group selections showcasing the broad talents of Solaris’ members.
Saturday, February 3, 2018 @ 7:30pm at College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, VT. Listen here!
ECHOES: THE CHORAL MUSIC OF RICHARD STOEHR – Hosted by St. Michael’s College Fine Arts Department
Solaris joins musical forces with Counterpoint and Bella Voce choruses to showcase the rarely heard choral music of Richard Stoehr, a highly respected Viennese composer, author, and teacher. Forced by the Nazis to flee Austria in 1939, Stoehr continued his art at Saint Michael’s College (1941-1950), now the repository for his many works including seven symphonies, two operas, choral music, lieder, numerous chamber works and solo piano music, as well as half a dozen widely used textbooks. During his 50-year career as a teacher, his students included Herbert von Karajan, Erich Leinsdorf, Rudolf Serkin, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein and Marlene Dietrich. Solaris, under its Artistic Director Dawn Willis, will perform Stoehr’s magnificent Crossing the Bar and The Great Adventurer. FREE admission.
SUNDAY, February 18, 2018, 3:00pm, McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’s College (More Info Here) and (Here)
Wonderful comment posted online during one of our Holiday Lights concerts:
“We came to see our cousin sing, and have been sitting in rapt attention for the first half. We can’t wait for the second half! I don’t think there is any better compliment than a 10 year old and 12 year old exclaiming ‘This is awesome!’, and I agree.”
On the Holiday Lights program: three works that will be led by our Assistant Conductor, Frank Whitcomb.
THE LAMB is a sweetly lyrical ballad composed by Christopher Matthews and based on a text by William Blake. Blake’s recognizable text, “Little lamb, who made thee, dost thou know who made thee?” was published in 1776 in “Songs of Innocence.” Blake originally intended his work to be sung, but his musical text was lost. Matthews has set this with a tender hand, evocative of the child-like wonder Blake sought to portray.
THERE IS NO ROSE by Gary Garcia is based on the same text as Benjamin Britten used in his “Ceremony of Carols,” the rose referring to the Virgin Mary. Garcia’s modern setting is poignant and beautifully melodic. “There is no Rose of such virtue, as is the Rose that bare Jesu – “Res miranda, gaudeamus, transeamus, alleluia!”
In CAROL FROM AN IRISH CABIN, the lonely speaker, living high above the sea, hopes for a visitor to help welcome a white Christmas. The composer, Dale Wood, musically captures a Celtic spirit in this lovely piece.