Song Pours Out
Conspirare Season 2014-15
Season Brochure (pdf)
The September opener kicks off the season with The Poet Sings, including works set to Spanish language poems by Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. The hugely popular Conspirare Christmas hosts charismatic singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster, and in April Conspirare will partner with Texas Performing Arts and Austin Classical Guitar in a major collaboration to premiere Nico Muhly’s How Little You Are. In May, Conspirare premieres another commissioned work, This Delicate Universe by Eric Banks, for a cappella choir. Conspirare will welcome summer 2015 with a June crowd-pleasing program of Great Choruses from oratorio, opera, and Broadway.
Conspirare Youth Choirs, directed by Nina Revering, will again amaze audiences with their artistry as they perform Christmas music in December and a spring program in May. Conspirare’s popular Big Sing occurs three times throughout the season, including a program at the Blanton Museum of Art, a holiday sing, and a spring sing.
Concerts & Events OverviewThe Poet Sings: Pablo Neruda
Fri., 09.19.14 (8pm) Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin, TX.
Sun., 09.21.14 (4pm) Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, IN.
Conspirare performs works set to poetry of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The program includes Ode to Common Things (1995) by Cary Ratcliff, premiering a new version by the composer for four-hand piano, harp, and percussion, with additional guitar; and La Cancion desesperada (2005) by Austin composer Donald Grantham, originally written for Conspirare and newly revised for this concert. Works by Shawn Kirchner and Morten Lauridsen will also be performed. The program will also be performed in Goshen, IN, where it will be recorded for release on Harmonia Mundi.
Conspirare Christmas (with Ruthie Foster)
Fri., 12.05.14 (7:30pm) St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Houston, TX
Sun., 12.07.14 (2:30pm) The Carillon on Exposition, Austin, TX
Sun., 12.07.14 (8pm) The Carillon on Exposition, Austin, TX
Mon., 12.08.14 (8pm) Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX
Conspirare’s signature holiday concert, featuring Craig Hella Johnson’s renowned collage-style programming that weaves diverse styles of music into a seamless whole. The 2014 featured artist is Austin-based blues and gospel singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster, returning after a hugely popular Conspirare Christmas appearance in 2013.
Nico Muhly's How Little You Are
One performance only!
Conspirare partners with Texas Performing Arts and Austin Classical Guitar in a major collaboration to premiere How Little You Are, a commissioned work for choir and three guitar quartets, based on cowboy poetry texts, by celebrated young American composer Nico Muhly (b. 1981). Performers are Conspirare, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet, and Texas Guitar Quartet. Conspirare Youth Choirs and Austin Classical Guitar Youth Orchestra will also appear in the concert, which will include additional contemporary works.
Eric Banks' This Delicate Universe
Sat., 05.09.15 (8pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Sun., 05.10.15 (4pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
(Times and dates for concerts outside Austin to be announced)
Conspirare explores human connections with art, nature, love, and our own neighborhoods through transformative music by Eric Banks and texts by Greek-Egyptian poet Constantine Cavafy. World premiere, commissioned by Conspirare through an award from Chorus America. The program will be rounded out by additional contemporary works.
Great Big Choruses
Sun., 06.07.15 (4pm) Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX
Choral music that’s both great and big! Conspirare Symphonic Choir collaborates with the Victoria Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra to perform a crowd-pleasing program of great choruses from oratorio, opera, and Broadway. Including Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from the 9th, selections from Orff’s Carmina Burana, music of Brahms, Mendelssohn, and more! The program will also include the world premiere of a short commissioned work by Donald Grantham.
Conspirare Youth Choirs
The Heavens Unfastened (Holiday Concert)
12.12.14 (7:30pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
12.13.14 (7:30pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Conspirare Youth Choirs enters its 10th anniversary season with a musical celebration that both reflects the beginning of the organization and points forward to the next decade of musical artistry to come. The choirs will perform audience-favorites from past winter concerts, including music by Chilcott, Rutter, and Bernstein. They will also feature recently composed works, “Sir Christemas” by Derek Holman, and the CYC commissioned piece, “Velvet shoes” by Minnesota-based composer, Daniel Kallmann.
Into Dreams (Spring Concert)
05.01.15 (7:30pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
05.02.15 (7:30pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Experience a musical journey inspired by beautiful songs, sights, and colors that only live in the world of our imagination. Featuring music by Whitacre, Dvořák, Pärt, and choral works from the films, Les Choristes, Frozen, and Paradise Road. Special guest artists from Conspirare’s Company of Voices will also be featured.
(time / venue TBD)
Conspirare’s popular annual spring fundraiser.
02.14.15 (6-10pm) W Hotel, 200 Lavaca St., Austin, TX
Where the audience is the choir! FREE
10.16.14 (6:15pm) Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
In conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “Brain Trash” PROGRAM PAGE
12.18.14 (6pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Holiday Big Sing! PROGRAM PAGE
05.14.15 (6pm) First Austin Church, Austin, TX PROGRAM PAGE