PRISON RESIDENCY PROJECT
In May, 2016, the Soleras were invited by the non-profit, Project: Music Heals Us, to perform a concert in a Connecticut prison. This transformative experience sparked a passion in the quartet to bring interactive, thoughtfully-conceived chamber music concerts into incarcerated communities across the country. Since that first concert, and with the support of PMHU, the Solera Quartet Prison Outreach Residency has already brought dozens of quartet concerts to federal and state correctional institutions at all security levels in Connecticut, New York, and California -- and continues to grow rapidly. The Soleras have been awarded the 2017 Father Eugène Merlet Award for Community Service in support of a new pilot program launching in January, 2018 - a week-long musical immersion at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution, featuring concerts for inmates and staff, daily interactive study sessions on the life of Beethoven, and a creative composers’ workshop.