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SOLI Chamber Ensemble’s season begins this week right here in San Antonio.

"SOLI Chamber Ensemble is the only contemporary classical music ensemble in San Antonio, and we present works from 20th and 21st Century composers," says Artistic Director Ertan Torgul. "Most of our work is actually with living composers. We have commissioned 46 new works, and gave premieres of those works in San Antonio for over 20 years.”

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For over 20 years, SOLI Chamber Ensemble has been holding the flag for modern music in San Antonio. What does modern music mean? To SOLI, it just means that it’s been written recently. Along with performing established masterworks of the 20th century, SOLI has commissioned over 40 pieces of music by living composers. The results have been surprising. “We love the challenges of the more avant-garde sounding pieces,” admits Ertan Torgul, the group’s violinist.

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If you are a fan of ballet, or perhaps a more free-form style of dance, this is a great time to be in San Antonio. Plus, if you are willing to take a road trip to Houston, you will find even more which will appeal.

Hot on the heels of SOLI Chamber Ensemble's collaboration with the community for a performance of Terry Riley's liberating work "In C" comes another opportunity for you to take the stage at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

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How would you like to perform at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts? This fall you can, as part of a collaboration between KPAC 88.3 FM and SOLI Chamber Ensemble! SOLI, San Antonio's premier chamber ensemble devoted to music of the 20th and 21st centuries, invites you to be a part of its season opening performances on December 1 at the Tobin Center or December 2 at Trinity University's Ruth Taylor Concert Hall.

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Ballet San Antonio isn’t quite taking it to the streets, but they are close. They're doing what they call a "pop-up" performance.

“For us a pop-up performance is a spontaneous performance in a non-traditional venue," said Ballet San Antonio's President and Executive Director Courtney Barker.

They’re holding a near-spontaneous performance at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Radius building on Auditorium Circle downtown.

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Violinist and SOLI Chamber Ensemble Artistic Director Ertan Torgul said his group specializes in contemporary classical music and has commissioned over 40 works in the group's time together.

They pay musicians to write new classical compositions and then SOLI debuts them in San Antonio.  

"All we’re doing really is performing stuff that is new, just like in Beethoven’s day," Torgul said.

Torgul reminds us that even the classics were contemporary at one time.

"We’re doing the same thing for today’s composers," he said.

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San Antonio’s SOLI Chamber Ensemble is about to begin its new season and violinist Ertan Torgul said their selections will include what he calls "classics of today" -- selections of such quality that time will eventually render them classics.

"We’re always very innovative," he said. "We do a lot of multimedia and we do a lot of mixed ensemble things, and brand new pieces of course. Every season features at least four or five brand new works."

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While SOLI Chamber Ensemble typically performs 10 to 12 times a season on their subscription series, this year has allowed audiences to hear them a few more times in special settings. This weekend the modern quartet, recognized in January by ASCAP for their adventurous programming, collaborates with the McNay Art Museum for a program called SO(LI) Surreal, based on their visiting Whitney Art Museum exhibit Real/Surreal

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