It’s hard to capture 30 years in a few sentences.

At the core of SOLI is a central tenet: to breathe life into new music. No two compositions display the same aural constellation, and the composers of the 100+ works in SOLI’s ‘cosmos’ run the gamut - from young to established, from new unknown voices to those grandly lauded and heralded. Each tapped to contemplate that which moves them at a particular moment in their life journey, to gather it together on paper, and to entrust it to the four of us to learn, interpret, and send out into the universe on a bed of wood, reed, string, breath, and sound.

Season 30 celebrates old and new together: points of light represented by highlights of the last three decades presented in a constellation of sound that transcends history, is briefly bound together in the coming months, and is ever moving forward through the voices of the next generations of compositional voices. Our concert series celebrates the long-standing relationships we have cultivated with the many composers in our family; within each other as an ensemble; and most importantly, with you - our dedicated and loving audience here in San Antonio and around the globe.

No birthday is complete without a present, and we have a grand one in store for you in early 2024 that continues our trajectory into a bright future. Thank you for your dedication to our merry band; we look forward to many years ahead. To infinity and beyond!

Stephanie Key, Clarinetist & Artistic Director

Nebula are clouds of gas and heat occupying space between stars and acting as a nursery for new stars. SOLI presents four past commissions to open the season, honoring its lengthy history of giving life to new works for 30 years. Ethan Wickman’s Ballads of the Borderland Suite weaves the sweeping texts of John Phillip Santos and Carmen Tafolla with personal accounts from those migrating across south Texas into a narrative of “cultural history that is at once panoramic and intimate.” Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Piñata para los amantes - based on the overture to the composer’s opera Frida - blends samba rhythms and Mexican folk songs, as well as American Jazz techniques. Alexandra Gardner explores life in the deserts of the Southwest in Crows, an illumination of Muscogee (Creek) Nation poet Joy Harjo’s beautiful texts. Steve Mackey’s Prelude to the End is influenced by Messiaen’s iconic Quartet for the End of Time in its themes of mortality, restless textures, and dense harmonic paths. Nebula invites the listener into SOLI’s musical ‘living room’ to reflect on the themes of love, commitment, and reflection, and on how past relationships have formed who we are today.

SOLI’s annual community event in partnership with Texas Public Radio highlights San Antonio’s closet crooners and avid weekend-warrior performers presenting their favorite classical works written after 1970.

Watch your inbox for details on how you can join this year's event!

Galaxies takes the listener on a journey through a brilliant array of musical textures, colors, and ideas - each held together by a distinct compositional voice much as gravitational attraction binds billions of stars together with gas, and dust into visually stunning galaxies. Two past SOLI commissions - SOLI Collage by Paul Moravec and Overland Dream by Peter Lieuwen - play with vital rhythms and create a lively interplay between instruments. Vespers by Missy Mazzoli and Like Doves with Grey Wings Embracing by Anna Pidgorna ground the program with haunting melodic lines. A new commission by Kyle Rivera, winner of this year’s Cross-Country Chamber Consortium award of which SOLI is a founding member, is at the center of this concert. Anaglyph - A Repository of Imaginary Languages explores the nuance of language - phonetics, morphology, constituency, and syntax - through the lens of a musical language as deciphered by the performers.


noun: an obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer or between it and its source of illumination.

SOLI will take part in this year’s Total Eclipse celebration with a performance in the Hill Country - watch your inbox for details!

Macrocosm is the final concert of the season and occurs on the 30th anniversary of SOLI’s first concert in 1994. The program spans past, present, and future - three representative parts of SOLI’s significant contribution to the world of contemporary classical chamber music - contrasting representative works from SOLI’s commissioning output with the whole of their oeuvre. Highlights of the program include San Antonio-born Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Musica: por un tiempo - a deftly scored three-movement piece commissioned by the ensemble in 2007 in which the rumba, polyphony, and Latin dance rhythms overlap in endless contradictions: turbulent, yet comforting; steamy, yet soothing; ornate, yet not at all fussy; and the premiere of a new work - Four Contacts - from Elliott Miles McKinley commissioned by SOLI for the total solar eclipse in April 2024. These are complemented by the moody colors of Jennifer Bellor’s A Grey Dream and the majestic ringing tones of Galina Grigorjeva’s Prayer, both representing voices of our current time and the broad expanse of contemporary soundscapes.

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