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Americans in Italy Staff Pick

When: Tue., May 15, 7:30 p.m. 2018
Price: $10-$25
Beyond breaking down “stereotypes linked with classical music,” the long-running and award-winning SOLI Chamber Ensemble takes rightful pride in championing works by living composers, commissioning new compositions and performing in unexpected spaces. Formed in San Antonio in 1994 and comprised of clarinetist Stephanie Key, cellist David Mollenauer, violinist Ertan Torgul and pianist Carolyn True, SOLI is about to close out its 24th season and jet off to Italy, where they’ll premiere 15 new works as the official Ensemble-in-Residence of the Music Composition Program at the Alba International Musical Festival. Offering a bit of a teaser of their Mediterranean getaway, the quartet’s Americans in Italy showcases contemporary arrangements by four composers who’ll be representing the U.S. as faculty at the festival in Alba: Peter Farmer’s jazzy new piece “Fanfare,” Elliott Miles McKinley’s lunar eclipse-inspired “Ring of Fire,” Jennifer Jolley’s whimsical “The Lives & Opinions of Literary Cats” and Luke Dahn’s “Gray Behind Glass,” which makes stylistic nods to painter Gerhard Richter. Also included in the program is the world premiere of Alba Music Festival Alumni Competition winner Jesse Edwards’ “Mint Chic,” a nostalgic ode to mid-century sensibilities.


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