Conspirare Season 2018-2019
I Dream a World
Austin performance tickets now on sale!
Dream a world with us through song as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of an extraordinary musical journey!
As our world has changed over the past quarter century, our mission to enrich lives and engage the heart with listening experiences grounded in creativity, integrity, and devotion to world–class choral performances remains constant.
Concerts & Events
- FRI, 11.16.18 The Chapel of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio Texas Tickets
- SAT, 11.17.18 St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Austin Texas Tickets
Bach Plus weaves the jubilant motets of J.S Bach with poetry and a premiere from cutting-edge composer Ted Hearne. Rarely performed together, the motets represent the pinnacle of baroque musical composition, weaving a playful and powerful musical tapestry. Let Conspirare’s dazzling virtuosity take your breath away in this season opener.
Offered in conjunction with Bach Plus, come to the first masterclass of our CYC Masterclass Series! At this free event, two singers from our Allegro ensemble will perform and receive coaching from soprano Shari Wilson of Conspirare. Details here.
- THU, 12.06.18 Victoria First United Methodist Church, Presented by Victoria Bach Festival, Victoria Texas Tickets
- FRI, 12.07.18 Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church, Houston Texas Tickets
- SAT, 12.08.18 The Carillon, Austin Texas SOLD OUT
- SUN, 12.09.18 The Carillon, Austin Texas SOLD OUT
- MON, 12.10.18 The Long Center, Austin Texas Tickets
- TUE, 12.11.18 The Tobin Center, San Antonio Texas Tickets
This enchanted musical journey reinvents the traditional holiday concert with an eloquent collage of musical genres curated by Conspirare Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson. This year beloved Austin Blues artist Ruthie Foster and Grammy award–winning Singer/Songwriter Matt Alber take the stage with Grammy award-winning Conspirare.
“… Conspirare Christmas – ideas, a spiritual journey, and music – people coming together to experience the joy of this magical amalgam, perhaps opening up in this time and place to a concept of unity that might well change their lives… and perhaps, for at least a moment, coming away with smiles not only on their faces, but in their hearts.”
— Paul E. Robinson, La Scena musicale
- WED, 11.28.18 Join us for an exquisite lunch and preview of Conspirare Christmas at Concert Conversation with Craig, Ruthie, and Matt! Tickets
Conspirare Youth Choirs: Songs of Ice and Fire
- FRI, 12.14.18 St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin Texas 7:30pm
- SAT, 12.15.18 St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin Texas 7:30pm
CYC’s winter concert Songs of Ice and Fire, is built on themes of ice and snow, anchored on a five movement work by Sarah Quartel.
Hope of Loving
- FRI, 01.18.19 St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin Texas Tickets
- SAT, 01.19.19 St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin Texas Tickets
Hope of Loving showcases the contemporary choral repertoire of socially conscious composer Jake Runestad. Runestad’s evocative music speaks to the current questions of our time and examines the human condition and connection. This concert will become Conspirare’s next album.
Offered in conjunction with Hope of Loving, join us for the second masterclass of our CYC Masterclass Series! A masterclass is a fascinating combination of a voice lesson and a performance. Master classes allow attendees to gain insight into singing technique, musicality, and performance.
Two singers from our Allegro ensemble will perform and receive coaching from Dann Coakwell, Conspirare tenor. Dann can be heard in the Hope of Loving concerts and is a soloist on the Considering Matthew Shepard and Sacred Spirit of Russia recordings. Offered in conjunction with Hope of Loving, this is an opportunity for the CYC Allegro singers to learn from the Conspirare singers and then hear that singer in the concert performance.
This is event is free and open to the public of all ages. Allegro is an ensemble of singers with intermediate to advanced choral skill and experience. The masterclass will take place in the Choir Room at Tarrytown UMC. Details here.
- FRI, 02.22.19 The Long Center, Austin Texas Tickets available August 13, 2018
- SAT, 02.23.19 The Long Center, Austin Texas Tickets available August 13, 2018
Don’t miss Conspirare Symphonic Choir as they join the Austin Symphony for a sublime performance of Brahms Requiem.
- TUE, 03.26.19 Vanguard St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin Texas Tickets
- FRI, 03.29.19 Songs for Muska Bates Recital Hall, Austin Texas Tickets
- SUN, 03.31.19 Canticle St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin Texas Tickets
Delight in the Conspirare listening experience with new music for voices and instruments. Deepen your experience during conversations with composers and artists before and after the concerts. Join us for the world premiere of Songs for Muska, composed by 2017-2018 American Prize winner Jocelyn Hagen. Hagen’s musical textures and colors sing in these settings of landays (2-line Pashto folk poems) translated by Eliza Griswold and Farzana Marie’s translations of poems by young Afghani women.
Launch your March Moderns journey with Vanguard, showcasing extraordinary works for voices by three of today’s boldest compositional voices: Caroline Shaw, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Andrea Clearfield. Kile Smith’s ethereal new work, a setting of St. John of the Cross’ Spiritual Canticle for voices, three cellos, and vibraphone, will surround listeners in a sensual sound bath to close the festival.
Conspirare Youth Choirs: Moonrise
- FRI, 05.03.19 Austin Texas
- SAT, 05.04.19 Austin Texas
The Spring concert, Moonrise, will explore themes related to the ocean, boats, and water.
Considering Matthew Shepard: National Tour
- WED, 09.12.18 Martin Theatre, Chicago, Illinois Tickets
- THU, 09.14.18 Sauder Hall at Goshen College Music Center, Goshen, Indiana Tickets
- SUN, 09.16.18 Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, Michigan Tickets
- MON, 09.17.18 Kobacker Hall at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio Tickets
- SAT, 10.06.18 Laramie High School Performing Arts Center, Laramie, Wyoming, Tickets
- SUN, 10.07.18 Griffin Concert Hall, Ft. Collins, Colorado Tickets
- TUE, 10.09.18 Mitchell Fine Arts Center at Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, Tickets
- WED, 10.10.18 Kresge Auditorium at DePauw School of Music, Greencastle, Indiana, Tickets
- FRI, 10.12.18 Festival Concert Hall, Fargo, North Dakota Tickets
- WED, 10.17.18 Phillips Exeter Academy, Andover, Massachusetts Tickets
- FRI, 04.13.19 Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, Stanford, California Tickets
- TUE, 04.16.19 Centennial Hall at University of Arizona, Tuscon, Arizona Tickets
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s untimely death and the promise of his fierce legacy. This season, Considering Matthew Shepard will be presented in 12 cities.
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