Concerts

Conspirare Season 2014-15

Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson

Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson

The September opener kicks off the season with The Poet Sings, including works set to poetry of Chilean poet 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.

Details and ticketing information will be in Conspirare’s 2014-2015 brochure, to be mailed in mid-August, and online at Conspirare.org after August 1. Subscription and single ticket sales open approximately August 15.


Concerts & Events Overview

The Poet Sings
Thu., 09.18.14 (8pm) Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin, TX.
Fri., 09.19.14 (8pm) Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin, TX.
(Performance/s outside Austin to be announced)

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, and La Cancion desesperada (2005) by Austin composer Donald Grantham, originally written for Conspirare and newly revised for this concert. Two short commissioned works by other composers, not yet confirmed, will also be premiered. The program will also be performed in Goshen, IN, where it will be recorded for release on Harmonia Mundi.


Conspirare Christmas
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
(Performance/s outside Austin to be announced)

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.


How Little You Are
Sat., 04.18.15 (8pm) Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX
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. 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 other contemporary works to be selected.


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
(Concert/s outside Austin to be announced)

Conspirare premieres another commissioned work, This Delicate Universe by Eric Banks, for a cappella choir. Based on texts from Greek-Egyptian poet Constantine Cavafy and sung in both Greek and English, the 30-minute work employs the musical vocabulary of maqqam – the Arabic scalar system known for ornaments and microtonal variation. The program will be rounded out by other contemporary works to be announced.


Great Choruses
Sun., 06.07.15 (4pm) Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX
(Also June 6 in Victoria)

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. The program will also include the premiere of a short commissioned work by Donald Grantham.


Conspirare Youth Choirs

The Heavens Unfastened (Winter Concert)

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.

12.12.14 (7:30pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
12.13.14 (7:30pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX

Into Dreams (Spring Concert)

Come join CYC in the closing concerts of its 10th anniversary season, and experience a musical journey inspired by beautiful songs, sights, and colors that only live in the world of our imagination.  ”Into Dreams” features 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.  This is a special concert not to missed!

05.01.15 (7:30pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
05.02.15 (7:30pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX


Special Events
CD Release Party: Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles
(time / venue TBD)

Hidden Music
Conspirare’s popular annual spring fundraiser.

02.14.15 W Hotel, 200 Lavaca St., Austin, TX

Big Sing
Where the audience is the choir! FREE

10.16.14 (time TBD) Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
In conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “Brain Trash”

12.18.14 (6pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Holiday Big Sing!

March 2015 (time / venue TBD)


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2011-2012

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