21 SEASONS AND COUNTING!
SATORI is a professional chamber music ensemble, based in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, and performing regularly throughout the eastern United States. Its mission is to foster growth in chamber music appreciation through a regular series of public performances, special projects, and educational programs, to present chamber music in an accessible fashion, maintaining a high standard of musical excellence, and to explore traditional and contemporary chamber music repertoires.
The group was formed as a conductorless, musician-managed chamber ensemble in 1996. Since its inception, SATORI has performed 20 full concert series, with numerous appearances at area colleges, museums, community venues and and music festivals. The group's yearly schedule also includes a wide range of in-school educational programming, and community outreach concert series at area senior residences, hospices, and hospitals.
SATORI is a mixed ensemble of winds, strings, and piano, and plays both traditional and contemporary chamber music. The group's repertoire ranges from baroque to 21st century selections, often intertwined in a single performance. SATORI's name is taken from a Zen term suggesting the coming together of separate parts to form a whole---a perfect metaphor for chamber music.
DID YOU KNOW.....?
- This 2016-17 concert series is SATORI's 21st season -- the start of a third decade of concerts, music education, and community outreach performances!
- Don't miss Shadows of the Samurai on October 15 at Lafayette College's Williams Center for the Arts-- ghostly stories from Old Japan, performed with a blend of art, theater and Asian music! Perfect for the Hallowe'en season -- and perfectly entertaining for the whole family!
- SATORI's newest CD, Celebration, is now available -- music of Beethoven, Ibert, Vivaldi, and Cui -- plus Ukiyo-e, a new work by composer Larry Lipkis, written especially for SATORI! Contact SATORI to purchase CDs for $10 plus $2.50 S/H -- all proceeds fund SATORI's educational programs.
- BRAVO! is SATORI's program for music education outreach. BRAVO! includes the Gift of Music instrument donation project and a popular series of in-school chamber music presentations, including residency projects, master classes, assemblies and classroom programs.Over 500 musical instruments have been donated to 51 area schools to date, and student programs are scheduled throughout the academic year.
- SATORI's Artists-in-Residence project offers outstanding in-school music enrichment opportunites for area students! Residency options range from extended, semester-long activities in a single school to specially designed mini-residencies over several days or weeks.
- You can sign up to be a SATORI volunteer -- help at concerts, with fundraising, or clerical work. Check the Contact Us page on this web site.