SOLI Chamber Ensemble: Systemic Secrets and Animal Space Stations

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-03-10

SOLI Chamber Ensemble, SA’s diehard champions of living classical music, present a gallery performance this week featuring the work of Trinity student Isaiah Putman, the winner of SOLI’s first-annual composition competition. Putman is a graduate of the endangered Northeast School of the Arts, which he credits with his early success. “In case you were wondering, the title `above` ... is unimportant,” Putman writes in the program notes. “I organize time and sound for their own sake.”

Putman’s debut takes place in prestigious company: the bembé- and Danza-inspired “Divertimento,” by Colombian composer Diego Vega, which is making its North American debut. “Cycles and Myths” and “Key Fragments,” created by Composers Alliance of San Antonio founder Tim Kramer for SOLI in 1996 and for SOLI clarinetist Stephanie Key 2008, respectively, will round out this trio of fresh works. The third and final performance of this series takes place Thursday at Blue Star, against the backdrop of the Contemporary Art Month 25th-anniversary show, curated by Houston maverick Wayne Gilbert. The composers will participate in a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m., and questions are encouraged. $20 ($10 for students with ID), 7:30pm Mar 11, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, 116 Blue Star, (210) 227-6960, bluestarart.org, solichamberensemble.com — Elaine Wolff

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