Inspired by the power of music to change lives, Conspirare engages audiences in extraordinary musical experiences through world-class choral performances, with artistry and innovation for which the ensemble has become famous in twenty short years.
20th Anniversary Season, 2012-2013 OverviewSignature Conspirare
09.28.12 (8pm) and 09.29.12 (8pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
09.30.12 (3pm) St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Austin, TX
Season opener features audience favorites from past years — spirituals, popular songs, and classical works — plus the world premiere of To Touch the Sky (Nine Songs for Unaccompanied Chorus on Texts by Women) by 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts, an a cappella work featuring writings from ancient to modern, commissioned for Conspirare by American Composers Forum.
12.07.12 (7pm) Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, San Antonio, TX
12.08.12 and 12.09.12 (both days 2:30pm & 8pm) The Carillon on Exposition, Austin, TX
12.10.12 (8pm) Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX
Conspirare’s signature holiday concert features Craig Hella Johnson’s renowned collage-style programming that weaves all kinds of music and poetry into an intensely meaningful whole. Featuring artists Kathlene Ritch and Charles Wesley Evans. With Tom Burritt on percussion.
The Sacred Spirit of Russia
02.01.13 (8pm), 02.02.13 (8pm) and 02.03.13 (3pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Vibrant works by the great Romantic composers Sergei Rachmaninov and Alexander Grechaninov, prolific choral writer Pavel Chesnokov, and more. Rich, powerful music from the Russian choral tradition, deeply evocative of its nation’s soul.
Fusion: Choral Song Meets Slam Poetry
Passionate and powerful young Austin slam poets Lacey Roop, Kevin Burke, and Danny Strack join Craig Hella Johnson and six Conspirare singers to improvise, riff, and interweave musical magic with the spoken word. An innovative evening of choral music re-defined.
Songs of the Soul
06.01.13 (7:30pm) First United Methodist Church, Victoria, TX
Conspirare and the Victoria Bach Festival string orchestra reprise Robert Kyr’s Songs of the Soul, commissioned by Conspirare and hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “a powerful new achievement in American music.” Also featuring the world premiere of a new Kyr work, The Cloud of Unknowing, commissioned by Conspirare and based on texts from an eponymous 14th-century spiritual guidebook.
Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
06.09.13 (4pm) Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX
Craig Hella Johnson conducts Conspirare Symphonic Choir, Conspirare, Texas State University singers, and the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus in Beethoven’s monumental masterwork — the 20th anniversary season’s grand finale. With soloists soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Emily Lodine, tenor Dann Coakwell, and bass Kevin Deas.
Conspirare Youth Choirs
12.14.12 (7:30pm) and 12.15.12 (7:30pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
The popular holiday concert will include seasonal works by Bob Chilcott, Eleanor Daley, Saint-Saëns, and Bach. Featuring the sparkling Magnificat of Italian Baroque composer Nicola Porpora, this performance will captivate, inspire and fill the season with joy. program page
05.03.13 (7:30pm) and 05.04.13 (7:30pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
The Conspirare Youth Choirs’ spring concert will explore our homeland’s rich tapestry of vocal music. Weaving folk music from the Appalachians to Hawaii with jazz standards and American spirituals, CYC is excited to present this deeply meaningful repertoire. Join us as the glory of the American song tradition comes to life. program page
11.01.12 Chapelle de l’Institut, rue de l’Oratoire, 50180 Agneaux, Lower Normandy
11.02.12 Forum de Falaise, boulevard de la Libération, 14700 Falaise, Lower Normandy
11.03.12 Église Sainte-Croix, 4 place Sainte-Croix, 50000 Saint-Lô, Lower Normandy
11.04.12 Église Sainte-Croix, 4 place Sainte-Croix, 50000 Saint-Lô, Lower Normandy
11.06.12 Église Saint-Louis-en-l’Île, 19 bis rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004 Paris
Conspirare travels to France as one of twelve invited vocal ensembles from around the world for a week-long appearance at the biennial Polyfollia Festival. Festival performances in and around Saint-Lô with a final concert in Paris. Showcasing American music from the “Signature Conspirare” program plus several French selections. For the most up-to-date schedule, please visit the Polyfollia site, Conspirare page
12.10.12 Kodosky Donor Lounge, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX
An enchanted evening: dinner before the final performance of “Conspirare Christmas,” plus a champagne and dessert after-party with the artists.
03.02.13 Topfer Theatre at ZACH, Austin, TX
Come celebrate the wonder that is Conspirare. Stand with us in awe of this authentic expression of song. Of humanity. Of joy. Be part of a magical monumental evening of feasting, voices, experiential delight, immersive musical moments and a joining together of those who lovingly contribute to the wonder of it all.
09.06.12 (6pm) Topfer Theatre at ZACH, Austin, TX program page
12.18.12 (6pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX program page
05.16.13 (6pm) Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, Austin, TX program page
Conspirare’s free community event where the audience is the choir! A special Big Sing in September kicks off the 20th anniversary season with music, cake, and a sneak peek at ZACH’s new Topfer Theatre. In December, participants will sing holiday favorites.