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Solstice

Solstice, Saturday February 29 at 7:30pm

Female a cappella ensemble

  • Bay Area Regional Champions and national third-place winners of the 2007 Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, Solstice has enthralled audiences with their technically precise and passionate treatment of music for women's voices since 1996. Each Solstice member brings her own musical tastes and talents to the group, which creates a diverse, dynamic repertoire. From Bartok to Bjork, from Palestrina to Paul Simon, Solstice shares the music they love from around the world and through the ages. We are committed to performing new works for women's voices and regularly compose, commission, and arrange new songs.
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  • A Solstice concert will transport you to new places, bathe you in beautiful harmony and fill you with the joy of music performed with passion. Solstice is music for women's voices, precisely and lovingly performed. Solstice is:
  • Emily Bender

    Christina Bogiages

    Becca Burrington

    Krista Enos

    Sheryl Kaskowitz

    Kim Warsaw

    Sara Webb-Schmitz

  • MISSION AND HISTORY
  • Sheryl Kaskowitz and Krista Enos, friends who had sung together through middle and high school in Palo Alto, reunited in the Bay Area after college and wanted to create a group where they could once again share the pleasures of singing together. Kaskowitz invited Oberlin classmates Becca Burrington and Joanna Silver to join them, and Solstice was born. From the beginning, Solstice has reflected a great love of music and ensemble singing. To this day, attending a Solstice concert is an experience full of warmth and joy. You may be transported to new places and experience music you have never known before, and never knew you liked.

    Solstice has performed in many Bay Area venues including The Freight and Salvage, Noe Valley Ministries, La Peña Cultural Center, the San Francisco Community Music Center, Music on the Hill, the Berkeley Arts Center, Trinity Chamber Concert Series, Montalvo Arts Center, and the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, among others. Solstice has also performed on KALW's Folk Music and Beyond On-Air Folk Festival. Solstice was a featured performer at the 2001 West Coast A Cappella Summit along with nationally known groups such as the Bobs and M-pact. Solstice has been the featured artist at concerts with Harmony Fusion Chorus, Faultline Chorus and at Palo Alto High School.

    In 2006, members of Solstice participated in the debut of Amy X Neuberg's Beliebig Fullen: Fill as Desired, a song cycle based on recipes exchanged by women living in Terezinstadt, a concentration camp, during World War II. The song cycle was performed at the Berkeley Repertory Theater as part of the Jewish Music Festival. Then, in 2008, the whole group took on the project, performing it at multiple venues, including Freight and Salvage, Women on the Way Festival, Brava Theater, JCC of the East Bay, Subterranean Art House, San Geronimo Valley Community Center, and numerous house concerts. KQED featured Solstice and Amy X Neuburg in a news segment in 2012.

    Solstice won first place in the 2007 Bay Area Regional Harmony Sweepstakes, and Becca Burrington's arrangement of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" won Best Original Arrangement. Solstice’s exciting and precise performance clinched third place in the highly competitive National competition.

    In 2005, Solstice performed the music by Patricia Brothers for Ma kali: Fierce Mother, a dance performance by Carmen Carnes Dance Ensemble, as part of the West Wave Dance Festival at Theater Artaud in San Francisco

    Solstice has released 4 albums: Solstice (2000), Full Circle (2004), Rise (2008), and Winter Solstice (2013). A recording of Beliebig Fullen: Fill as Desired, in collaboration with composer and vocalist Amy X Neuberg, is pending release. The album Sing When the Dawn is Dark will be released in the spring of 2019

    Solstice's ever-growing repertoire includes music in many genres spanning 10 centuries and in no fewer than 14 languages. At Solstice concerts you may hear songs from Hungary, Cuba, Japan and Appalachia; we have an especially rich repertoire from the nordic countries, especially Finland. You will enjoy beautiful choral works by composers like Debussy, Vittoria, Guerrero and Palestrina. Original works by Sheryl Kaskowitz, Amy X Neuberg, Jim Hale and other contemporary composers are frequently featured. Solstice's diverse repertoire allows us to perform comfortably in a variety of venues and concert types.

    Listen to a recording by clicking on this link:

    Solstice -songs

     

     

     

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