I have anticipated the premiere of Clarice Assad's song cycle, "Elementos," since Soli Chamber Ensemble first announced their 2015-16 concert season. I have watched with interest the evolution of Clarice as a composer since I first heard her "Violin Concerto" over a decade ago. It has been an interesting ride, and got even more interesting with the world premiere this week of "Elementos," a work tailored for Soli and the jazz inflected voice of Ms. Assad. San Antonio has one more opportunity to be part of the world premiere when the work is given a second take Tuesday evening, January 26, at Ruth Taylor Concert Hall on the campus of Trinity University. The concert begins at 7:30, with a brief pre-concert talk by Ms. Assad at 7 PM. I highly recommend the experience, not only for Clarice's premiere, but for the entire program.
I recently interviewed Clarice Assad and pieced together these two 5 minute modules. You may have heard them on KPAC, but now you can listen again, or for the first time. I hope this will whet your appetite for tonight's concert. See you there? Clarice gives a brief pre-concert talk about "Elementos" at 7 PM.