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Our Delightful Pairings concert, recorded live in April, 2022 features classically based pieces creatively paired with a variety of choral favorites including spirituals, folksongs plus a jazzy song or two and guest artist flutist Karen Kevra. Featured composers include Ralph Vaughan Williams, Johannes Brahms, Lili Boulanger, Samuel Barber, Hoagy Carmichael and Robert De Cormier. The concert also includes a premiere work by Solaris member and VPR Classical host James Stewart – a setting of Emily Dickinson’s Poem The Brain is Wider than the Sky.
Our 2021 Holiday Concert – ‘Tis the Season features Taylor Scott Davis’ new setting of the timeless Magnificat with harp, organ and percussion, along with beloved carols for this glorious season and guest artist Rebecca Kauffman, harp.
Over the past several 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. In the fall of 2020 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.
Solaris’ virtual choir performance of one of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ spirited English folksong arrangements. Just as the Tide was Flowing tells the story of young sailor on leave in the month of May who meets and falls in love with a charming young lass…. Frolicking ensues!
Slender Young Birch is an “enchanting carol of spring” by Antonin Dvořák from his Songs of Nature set. This is a favorite track from Solaris’ Vivat Musica – Music is Life! CD.
A selection from Solaris’ I Was Glad CD. The Blue Bird, by Charles Villiers Stanford, depicts a vibrantly-colored blue bird effortlessly gliding across the sky on a perfect summer day.
Solaris’ recording of Robert De Cormier’s stirring arrangement Study War No More. This rousing closer which includes banjo and guitars along with our singers will have your foot a-tappin’ for sure!
Solaris’ men’s section singing Brothers, Sing On from our I Was Glad CD. This piece is a robust call for all to join in a “festival of song!”
Solaris’ recording of Rene Clausen’s O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose – 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!
This is arranged by Solaris’ Artistic Director, Dr. Dawn Willis. “Wassailing” was an English custom where the lord of the manor would offer peasants food and a drink of wassail at Christmastime in exchange for their goodwill and blessings.
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 setting of the beloved carol, Silent Night, was arranged by Tedd Firth and Judith Clurman for SATB choir, Soprano solo and Harp. This piece was one of our favorites from our 2019 Holiday Concerts..
Sure On This Shining Night by Morten Lauridsen is the theme for Solaris’ annual benefit concert, This Shining Night.
Solaris Vocal Ensemble, bringing light to great choral works that span the ages – through compelling performances imbued with passion and musical artistry.