Previous Seasons

ASU Chaucer Celebration

March 18, 2016

Solis Camerata is excited to return to the ASU English Department’s Chaucer Celebration in 2016. A quartet of four singers will perform beloved musical gems from Chaucer’s 14th century. This festive program will include Douce Dame Jolie, a virelai by Machaut, and Angelus Ad Virginem (anon), which Chaucer himself mentioned in his writings. As a highlight of the event, Solis Camerata and Bartholomew Faire will join forces for a few jovial numbers (Director: Kira Rugen).


ACDA Western Division Conference

February 27th, 2016 10:45 a.m.

The First United Methodist Church, Pasadena

We have been invited to perform at the 2016 ACDA Western Division Conference to be held February 24th – 27th in Pasadena, California! We are excited perform and hope to see all our choral friends there!


Origins – Tracing Ancient Harmony

Saturday, February 20, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Christ Church of the Ascension


Solis Camerata will present a moving program exploring the polyphonic and melodic developments as imagined by composers from antiquity to the twenty-first century. Repertoire presented at Origins originate from Byzantine, Russian Orthodox, Georgian, Greek, and Hebrew traditions, as well as the Western tradition originally founded in the Roman Catholic Church. Additionally, works include compositions by local composers, Tom Peterson, and Solis Camerata’s artistic director, Dr. Kira Zeeman Rugen.


Help ‘send us off’ as we embark on a tour to represent Arizona at the American Choral Directors Conference in Pasadena, California. A freewill offering will be accepted supporting Solis Camerata. (Suggested Donation: $20)


Origins – Tracing the Ancient Liturgical Rite

Presented by Catholic Phoenix

November 22, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Xavier Chapel of our Lady

Catholic Phoenix is proud to present its fourth annual Sacred Music Concert,  Origins- Tracing the Ancient Liturgical Rite, featuring Solis Camerata. Repertoire for this concert exhibits the oldest forms of liturgical chant from the early Church and its continued development over the centuries. Christian liturgy has its roots in ancient cultures, customs, and worship dating back to the first centuries after Christ, but evidence of ancient music is obscure. Although historians uncovered manuscript fragments believed to represent early musical notation, scholars’ debate possible transcriptions and authenticity. Liturgical chant, however, experienced preservation due to its regular use in Christian worship as an oral tradition. As Christianity spread, each liturgical tradition held flavors representing the local culture and diverse language of worshipers, creating an enduring multi-cultural liturgical treasure.


For Origins, Solis Camerata will perform polyphonic and melodic developments as imagined by composers from antiquity to the twenty-first century, including commissioned works by local composer, Tom Peterson, and Solis Camerata’s artistic director, Dr. Kira Zeeman Rugen. Repertoire presented at Origins reflects the diversity of the early church as well as common threads across religious cultures throughout history. Examples come from the Byzantine rite, Chaldean rite, Russian Orthodox tradition, Georgian liturgy, ancient Greek extants, the Hebrew heritage, and the Western tradition in the Roman Catholic Church.


Classical Revolution Teams up with Solis Camerata

Classical Revolution Phoenix brings you a FREE concert with two local chamber groups: Solis Camerata and Paradise Winds hosted by the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix!

Location: Humanist Community Center


Solis Camerata is: Kira Dawn Zeeman Rugen & Carmel Groenwald on vox, Scott Saari on lute
Paradise Winds is: Tiffany Pan, oboe; Joshua Gardner, clarinet; Joey Kluesener, bassoon


Timeless Harmony

Friday, January 30th, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Location: Camelback Bible Church

Great Hearts Annual Faculty Meeting


Solis Camerata Solis Camerata presents a program of choral music, drawn from ancient sacred, secular and musical/textual sources in three parts: 1- Saintly Tomes, 2- Shakespearian Melodrama and 3- Ancient Folk.


Songs of the Saints

Presented by Catholic Phoenix

Xavier Chapel of our Lady

Thursday November 6th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.


In Solis Camerata’s third year on the Catholic Phoenix Sacred Music Concert series, they will present “Songs of the Saints.” Hear the words, music and honorary compositions about the Saints of the Church in a journey that envelopes the listener in the visionary theology of St. Hildegard von Bingen, philosophies of St. Thomas of Aquinas and the intimate, yet mystifying relationship between God and man by St. John of the Cross. The program includes works spanning the ages by composers such as Guillaume Dufay, Josquin des Prez, Josef Rheinberger and Benjamin Britten. To honor this event, Catholic Phoenix commissioned two compositions, one by director Kira Zeeman Rugen, D.M.A, and another by guest composer Joshua Ian Elder, M.M. In celebration of All Saints Day, this concert recognizes the beatific vision and influence of the Saints through musical and spiritual enlightenment. Please join us for this Sacred Music Concert.


Noël Á L’Acienne: An Ancient French Christmas

Presented by Catholic Phoenix

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Location: Chapel of our Lady Xavier College Preparatory


Experience France’s ancient Christmas melodic traditions with the Valley of the Sun’s early music choir, Solis Camerata. Listen as Solis Camerata unveils legendary French carols which originated as 8th century chants, Medieval folk melodies, courtly dance tunes or in Renaissance passion plays. Some of the old familiar carols included on this program are Veni Emmanuel (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel), Noël Nouvelet, and Les Anges dans nos campagnes (Angels We Have Heard on High).


This concert finishes with Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël. Originally intended for Christmas Eve services in Paris’ Jesuit community, this 1690 Mass exhibits several of France’s then-celebrated, but now lesser-known carols. Charpentier interweaved these borrowed melodies seamlessly into an original Mass setting that juxtaposes imitative polyphony along side simpler textures. With a score that calls for choir, soloists, baroque flutes, strings and continuo, this festive work is sure to begin the advent season with a reminiscent, yet joyful spirit.


Singing the Mass: A Sacred Music Concert

Location: Chapel of our Lady Xavier College Preparatory, Tuesday November 27th, 2012

Presented by Catholic Phoenix


This concert featured the Mass for Five Voices by William Byrd (1540–1623). This is Byrd’s most densely textured and ambitious setting of the Mass ordinary. The Mass will be sung by Solis Camerata, under the direction of Kira Zeeman Rugen. Solis Camerata is a professional early music ensemble, originating from Arizona State University. The performance repertoire of this choir spans centuries of sacred and secular music, from the 12th century to the high baroque of Johann Sebastian Bach.


Shakespeare in the Desert with Arizona ProArte

Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, Friday, April 26th, 2013


Solis Camerata will collaborate with Arizona ProArte for this season finale. Join us as we hear music from Shakespeare’s time, excerpts from “Julius Caesar” and Faure’s “Shylock Suite” performed with monologues by Shakespearean actors.


ASU Choral Concert Songs of  Love

Valley Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ensembles: ASU’s Solis Camerata, and Concert Choir


Arizona Bach Festival

All Saint’s Episcopal Church, Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

As a featured guest of the distinguished Arizona Bach Festival, Solis Camerata performed Bach’s famous motet, Jesu Meine Freude. This concert will highlight ASU vocal soloists and instrumentalists.


A Celtic Christmas

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Saturday December 15th, 2012

Solis Camerata, the Phoenix Irish Cultural Center’s Celtica!, performed Christmas melodies and carols derived from Celtic culture.


Second Sunday Concert Series

ASU Herberger Institute School of Music Community partnership, February 12, 2012

Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley


Contemporary Music in Ancient Architecture

St. Barnabus of the Desert Episcopal Church, Feb. 21, 2012


D.M.A. Lecture-Recital and Concert: Vespers of 1610, Claudio Monteverdi

Presented by Kira Rugen and Solis Camerata, April 22, 2012

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

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