Sunday, November 10, 2013

A bouquet of video clips from Solaris Voices In Concert

Excerpts from our concerts at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY - featuring Irina, Courtenay and Kelly - Enjoy!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Solaris Voices in Concert to help create a Dog Park for the City of Beacon

When: Saturday November 17 at 6:30 PM

Where: The Howland Cultural Center 477 Main Street Beacon NY 12508


To purchase tickets click here
$20 in advance / $25 at the door / $5 for children under 18

As Beacon’s first dog park aims to complete its fundraising, an organization called Solaris Voices has stepped in to do what it does best - sing! Solaris Voices’ inaugural concert last March helped raise money for the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Poughkeepsie and the second one in September benefited The Beacon Arts and Education Foundation in Beacon.  On November 17th, the third concert-fundraiser will take place at Beacon’s beloved Howland Cultural Center, and will benefit the Beacon Dog Park, a newly designed facility in Memorial Park.

photo credit: robpennerphotography.com
photo credit: robpennerphotography.com
Mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock www.audreybabcock.com and soprano Irina Mozyleva www.irinamozyleva.com  will join vocal forces in a program of art songs, opera arias, and duets celebrating our beloved pets, animals and nature. A stunning program that includes the “Flower Duet” from the opera Lakmé, and Rossini’s hilarious “Cats” duet and songs featuring some of the greatest contemporary poets.  Also on the program, the music of F. Mendelsohn, F. Poulenc, K. Weill and L. Bernstein. Ms. Babcock and Ms. Mozyleva will be accompanied by pianists Miriam Charney and Douglas Coates.

Ms. Babcock, Ms. Mozyleva, and Douglas Coates are all residents of Beacon, and have themselves opened their homes for rescued pets.  “When Audrey and I thought of doing a concert together, the choice of having the concert to benefit the Beacon Dog Park was just a natural one for both of us,” said Ms. Mozyleva, “… my husband Aryeh Siegel donated his architectural services to design the Dog Park, and our family has two dogs, two cats, 5 fish and 2 shrimps – a full house.  Audrey and her husband David Majzlin have two gorgeous dogs Sheine and Rufus and they have both been active in the Friends of Beacon Dog Park organization since the time of its establishment."
 
The Friends of Beacon Dog Park is a non-profit organization that is responsible for building and operating the soon to be constructed dog park. Over the past 20 months, the organization has raised over $30,000, all without a dime of tax-payer money, and is now in the final stretch of the fundraising drive. They intend to break ground and open the park late this autumn and look to November’s concert to bring them over their $35,000 goal. This target goal will go to pay for the fencing materials, installation, signage, receptacles, and landscaping. “Having a dedicated place for people to socialize, exercise, and play with their dogs is good for the community and makes for a positive relationship between people and their pets,” says Jeff McHugh, president of the Friends of Beacon Dog Park, “…  One of the challenges to fundraising is finding ways to engage the different and sometimes disparate parts of a community, and a night of entertainment by such a talented group of performers is a real treat and offers something different than the usual types of fundraising events. We are honored to be selected for Solaris Voices’ third benefit concert."

Solaris Voices was founded last year by professional singers: Kelly Ellenwood (Beacon), Courtenay Budd (Poughkeepsie) and Irina Mozyleva (Beacon). Its mission pursues two important goals that contribute to the well-being of a healthy, lively community: raising needed funds for local not-for-profit organizations; and expanding and diversifying audiences for live vocal performances in various venues around the Hudson Valley area. All contributions are made to Solaris Opera Fund at the Community Foundation and are tax-exempt to the fullest extent of the law.
 
The success of Solaris Voices concerts would not be possible without sponsorships. For this concert, sponsorship rewards include complimentary tickets for the November 17, 2012 concert; logo recognition on the organizations’ web sites and on the concert program; 1 year free membership at the dog park; names of the donors permanently displayed on the Beacon Dog Park’s Founding Member Plaque and a business logo prominently displayed at the Beacon Dog Park for 18 months.

To become a sponsor please go to www.solarisvoices.org  or www.beacondogpark.org to see various levels of sponsorship and to download the SolarisVoices Sponsorship Opportunities Form.

To purchase tickets, please click here
$20 in advance/ $25 at the door/ $5 for children under 18

Friends of Beacon Dog Park is a 501/c3 organization
http://www.beacondogpark.org
Contact: jeff@beacondogpark.org  Jeff McHugh: (845) 445-7595

Solaris Voices
http://www.solarisvoices.org/ Contact: solarisvoicesbeacon@gmail.com  Irina Siegel 845-831-1298

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SOLARIS VOICES PRESENTS GRANT TO THE BEACON ARTS AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION; NEXT CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE BEACON DOG PARK, NOVEMBER 17, 2012


l to r: Irina Mozyleva Siegel, Kelly Ellenwood, Courtenay Budd, Cara Conrad (Principal South Avenue Elementary, Beacon), Harvey Hillsburgh (Beacon City School District Interim Superintendent), Meredith Heuer (Chair, Beacon Arts & Education Foundation), Sarah Terrell (Board Member, Beacon Arts & Education Foundation)
Solaris Voices and its founders, sopranos Courtenay Budd (Poughkeepsie), Kelly Ellenwood (Beacon) and Irina Mozyleva (Beacon), are proud to announce the presentation of their second grant to a local non-profit.  The Beacon Arts and Education Foundation will receive a check for $2,000 from Solaris Voices as a result of a their successful fundraiser concert held in September.

Solaris Voices is an organization that presents classical vocal concerts as benefits for local charities.  “Our goal is to help raise awareness and funds for local non-profits, and also to expand the audience for classical vocal music in the Hudson Valley. Communities outside of major metropolitan areas, like Beacon and Poughkeepsie, truly require the support of many to sustain a high quality of life, safety, culture, and well-rounded education for our children. Solaris Voices offers an opportunity for everyone to take part in keeping our striving communities alive and vibrant, to care and to make a difference. We are so grateful to all the businesses and individuals who have supported our mission so generously,” said co-founder Irina Mozyleva.

The Beacon Arts and Education Foundation (BAEF) is an organization whose mission is to support a more comprehensive education in the Beacon City School District. One of its goals is to fully fund the 24th Annual Calico Ball, a 10-week program which teams all third grade students across the district with professional artists and dancers from the critically acclaimed dance company, the Vanaver Caravan.  In addition, the BAEF is working this year to establish annual programs in the middle and high school. For more information regarding the Beacon Arts and Education Foundation, visit www.beaconeducationfoundation.org.

On Saturday, November 17, 2012, a new concert program, featuring Beacon residents Audrey Babcock, mezzo-soprano, and soprano Irina Mozyleva, will help raise funds for the new Beacon Dog Park.  The 6:30 pm concert will be performed once again at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, and promises to be just as entertaining as the first two Solaris Voices Concerts.  For more information on the Beacon Dog Park and its fundraising goals, visit www.beacondogpark.org.  Online sales for tickets to this concert will begin October 29, 2012.

All contributions are made to Solaris Opera Fund, a component fund at the Community Foundation of Hudson Valley, and are tax-exempt to the fullest extent of the law. www.cfdcny.org

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

SOLARIS VOICES DIVAS REPRISE CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE BEACON ARTS & EDUCATION FOUNDATION, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2012

Irina, Kelly & Courtenay
To purchase tickets for this event, please click here. Tickets available beginning Monday August 13, 2012.

When distinguished sopranos Courtenay Budd (Poughkeepsie), Kelly Ellenwood (Beacon) and Irina Mozyleva (Beacon) joined forces to create Solaris Voices, an organization that presents classical vocal concerts as benefits for local charities, they knew they had something good to offer. What they realized after their inaugural concert last spring was that they had something truly extraordinary. The response they received for their performance was overwhelmingly positive, and on May 18, 2012 they presented a $2,500 check to the Center for Prevention of Child Abuse in Poughkeepsie, their first beneficiary non-profit. “Our goal is to help raise awareness and funds for local non-profits, and also to expand the audience for classical vocal music in the Hudson Valley. Communities outside of major metropolitan areas, like Beacon and Poughkeepsie, truly require the support of many to sustain a high quality of life, safety, culture, and proper education for our children. Solaris Voices offers an opportunity for everyone to take part in keeping our striving communities alive and vibrant, to care and to make a difference. We are so grateful to all the businesses and individuals who supported our first concert.” said co-founder Irina Mozyleva.

Two Solaris Voices concerts-benefits have been scheduled for the fall.

On September 9, 2012, Solaris Voices will reprise their March program this time to benefit the Beacon Arts and Education Foundation (BAEF), an organization whose mission is to support a more comprehensive education in the Beacon City School District. One of its goals is to fully fund the 24th Annual Calico Ball, a 10-week program which teams all third grade students across the district with professional artists and dancers from the critically acclaimed dance company, the Vanaver Caravan. Each third grade class focuses on a different region of the world, learns about the cultural traditions there and is trained in a dance representing that country. This program culminates in a global dance festival at Beacon High School where students perform in full costume, accompanied by live music. The program had been a treasured tradition for 19 years when it was cut from the Beacon City School District budget. In addition, the BAEF is working this year to establish annual programs in the middle and high school. “We are thrilled to have been approached by Solaris Voices to become one of their beneficiaries,” said BAEF Chairperson Meredith Heuer. “This event is a great way to start off the school year. We hope that many Beacon residents and parents will support the BAEF and bring their kids to the concert too, taking advantage of an amazing cultural experience and helping raise money to support district-wide programming that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.” For more information regarding the Beacon Arts and Education Foundation, visit www.beaconeducationfoundation.org.

On November 17th, a new concert program, featuring mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock and soprano Irina Mozyleva, will help raise funds for the new Beacon Dog Park. More information about this concert/fundraiser and purchase of tickets will be available at the beginning of October.

All contributions are made to Solaris Opera Fund, a component fund at the Community Foundations of Hudson Valley, and are tax-exempt to the fullest extent of the law. www.cfhvny.org

About the September 9th Concert: Solaris Voices in Concert is an entertaining evening featuring a diverse and dynamic repertoire of songs and arias from Purcell to Puccini, with a little Neil Young and Leonard Bernstein thrown into the mix, sung by three versatile Hudson Valley performers: Sopranos Courtenay Budd (Young Concert Artists International Auditions Winner), Kelly Ellenwood (Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera”) and acclaimed Belarus-born diva Irina Mozyleva. They will be accompanied on the Howland’s Steinway Grand by virtuoso pianists Sylvia Buccelli and Douglas Coates.

Where: The Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508

When: Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm.

Tickets: Tickets for SOLARIS VOICES recitals will be available at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley web site www.cfhvny.org on Monday, August 13. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged due to the limited seating capacity of the Howland Cultural Center. Tickets are $30 in advance ($5 for children under 18), and $35 at the door. Howland Cultural Center members are invited to attend the performance for $20. Donations in support of the event and the two organizations will also be accepted at the Community Foundation's website.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, more information and a downloadable form can be found here.