SOLI Season Preview 2021 - 2022

A Season of Infinite Sound and Color

Welcome to SOLI's 2021 - 2022 series - a season bringing new music to life and engaging our audiences in thought-provoking conversations. We've carefully crafted evenings to include voices of distinct compositional colors: each voice and concert contributing equally to a season that is one color wheel - not complete without each integral hue.


in Frida Kahlo's Oasis

September 27, 2021 | San Antonio Botanical Garden

The Frida Kahlo Oasis at the San Antonio Botanical Garden is the inspiration for a vibrant evening filled with fusions of dance rhythms, jazz, and contemporary expressions. The Zarabandeo of Arturo Marquez accompanies the music of Robert Xavier Rodriguez, including the Concert Suite from Rodriguez’s opera, Frida, with guest artist Jacquelyn Matava, mezzo-soprano.

Tableau is supported in part by the San Antonio Botanical Garden.


October 18, 2021 | San Antonio Botanical Garden

Join SOLI on an exploration of infinite color, shape, and voice - as composers weave new sounds and combinations into the ever-evolving kaleidoscope of music. Featuring works by Xi Wang, Quinn Mason, San Antonio-native Aaron Prado, and the world premiere of Four Essays on Solitude and other Ambiguous Emotions by internationally acclaimed Syrian-American composer Kinan Azmeh.

The Kinan Azmeh commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Fractals is supported in part by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992 and the Marcia and Otto Koehler Foundation.


on 100 Years of Tango

November 9, 2021

Special Event and Concert | click here for details

SOLI celebrates Astor Piazzolla’s 100th birthday with the colors of movement as heard through music. Piazzolla’s genius is reflected in the infinite ways he stretched the genre of the Tango, inspiring many to capture their heritage on the creative canvas. Arrangements by Clarice Assad and Ofrenda by San Antonio composer Aaron Prado complement an evening highlighting the Tango’s many hues.


November 14, 2021 | Malú and Carlos Alvarez Theater, Texas Public Radio

SOLI’s fifth-annual community event in partnership with Texas Public Radio highlighting San Antonio’s closet crooners and avid weekend-warrior performers presenting their favorite classical works written after 1970. This year’s live microphone will be staged at TPR’s new Malú and Carlos Alvarez Theatre and recorded for rebroadcast on KPAC’s Performance Saturday.

Registration for performers will open on October 4, 2021. Are you ready to take the stage?


January 31, 2022 | San Antonio Botanical Garden

Works by Canadians Jocelyn Morlock and Malcolm Forsyth, Americans Carlos Simon and Brian Bondari, and Mexicans Arturo Marquez and Gabriela Ortiz shape this concert that considers the spectra of music and culture of our continent. From auroral and ethereal to lighthearted to earthy, every voice - no matter their position or heritage or point of origin - is an equally integral part of the experience for the listener. Featuring the world premiere of a new work by San Antonio composer Brian Bondari.


April 11, 2022 | San Antonio Botanical Garden

SOLI’s season has been an invitation to look into the core of music, see its infinite array of colors and patterns, and hear the complete aural spectrum. April’s concert is no exception and brings the audience into the eye of the prism - to the point at which change happens. Featuring the world premiere of a new work by Cuban-American composer Armando Bayolo and works by Jessie Montgomery, Marcos Balter, Yaz Lancaster, Edna Alejandra Longoria, and Gabriela Ortiz. Guest artist: Jacquelyn Matava, mezzo-soprano.

Where New Music Comes Alive

Much as the kaleidoscope uses all of the elements in its view to create the image, SOLI’s season brings together all voices and colors from across cultures and spectra. We invite you to pick up the kaleidoscope, look through the lens of music, and explore the infinite patterns of a hopeful and inclusive future.


Season tickets are now available and include all concerts listed above. Please use the link below to secure your seat today for SOLI's 28th season of infinite sound and color.


Paulena F. Mitchell Testamentary Trust | Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992 | Marcia and Otto Koehler Foundation | Ditson Fund
© 2021 SOLI Chamber Ensemble. All rights reserved. Photo credits | SOLI Chamber Ensemble: Josh Huskin | Jacquelyn Matava: Kate Birtcher