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Samuel Barber: American Romantic


09.23.11 (8pm, talk 7pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church Austin, TX TICKETS
09.24.11 (8pm, talk 7pm) Northwest Hills United Methodist Church Austin, TX TICKETS
09.25.11 (3pm, talk 2pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church Austin, TX TICKETS

Performance duration/intermission: The first half of the performance will run 45-60 minutes and will be followed by an intermission. The second half will run 50 minutes.

Buy tickets in a discount package.

Also in Georgetown, TX: 09.22.11 (7pm) Klett Performing Arts Center. Presented by the Georgetown Performing Arts Alliance. Tickets through the Georgetown Symphony Society (512-864-9591).

Margaret Perry, Director of Education & the Armstrong Community Music School at Austin Lyric Opera, will present a pre-concert talk one hour prior to each Austin performance (included in ticket price).

barber program bookletprogram booklet

we sing enchantment.

Samuel Barber

Samuel Barber © G. Schirmer Archives

Conspirare opens its season with an all-Barber program honoring the great American composer. Barber’s music is lush, moving, and uniquely American, and audiences will be entranced by its beauty as interpreted by Conspirare’s Company of Voices and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson.

The program includes the beloved Agnus Dei (choral version of the famous Adagio for Strings heard in several recent film scores) and other favorites such as Reincarnations and Sure on this Shining Night. Concertgoers will also enjoy less well-known but intriguing Barber pieces such as A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map and Motetto on Words from the Book of Job.

composer Robert Kyr photo Tom Forgas


baritone David Farwig photo Karen Sachar

A highlight will be the premiere of a new, Conspirare-commissioned re-orchestration of Barber’s sensual, passionate, and rarely performed The Lovers, a setting of poetry by Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. Originally written for large chorus and orchestra, the work will be arranged for chamber ensemble and choir by composer Robert Kyr, whose most recent Conspirare collaboration in January 2011 garnered rave reviews in The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. The Lovers will feature baritone soloist David Farwig, winner of a 2011 Austin Critics Table award as Outstanding Singer.

program notes

Harmonia Mundi Recording
Following the live performances in Austin, the Barber program will be recorded in the acoustically superb Sauder Hall at Goshen College, Goshen, IN, for international release in fall 2012 on the Harmonia Mundi label. Conspirare will be the first U.S. professional choir to record Barber’s complete a capella choral works for a major label. The CD will also be the first-ever studio recording of The Lovers.

The recording is made possible through the generous support of friends and family of Fran Collmann, in honor of her twelve years’ leadership of the Conspirare board of directors, and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Conspirare performs Samuel Barber’s “Agnus Dei”

(from A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert CD)

Samuel Barber reference page at publisher G. Schirmer Inc.

Samuel Barber: American Romantic press release 08.26.11

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