Conspirare Symphonic Choir

01.08.16 (8pm), Friday
01.09.16 (8pm), Saturday

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Laura Prichard

University Presbyterian Church
2203 San Antonio St., Austin, TX

Pre-concert talk by Laura Prichard each evening at 7pm in the Sanctuary (included in ticket)

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Laura Prichard Bio

Laura Stanfield Prichard is the Principal Pre-Concert Speaker for the Chicago Symphony, Berkshire Choral International, and Boston Baroque, and has lectured regularly for the San Francisco Symphony and Opera since 1996. She is a series editor for 18th-20th-century orchestral scores published by Musikproduktion Höflich in Munich, Germany. Recent work includes presentations in Russia, Ireland, England, Newfoundland, and Hawaii on choral and ballet music and over a dozen entries for the Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music (2012), the landmark revision of the multi-volume New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013), and the forthcoming Music Around the World (2015).

Laura holds a PhD (Musicology) and MM (Choral Music) from the University of Illinois and BAs in Music and Modern Languages from Yale, where she played oboe in the Yale Bands and directed many choral and dramatic groups. She sings regularly with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus of the Boston Symphony and was a board member of Choral Arts New England (2009-2015). Her twenty years of college teaching includes seminars in music, dance, and art history at CSU-East Bay (Hayward) and San Francisco State University (1995-2003) and at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts (2004-2015). She was the President of the Pacific Chapter of the College Music Society and Assistant Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under Vance George (1997-2003).


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James Whitbourn’s (b. 1963) Annelies is a 75-minute choral work with soprano soloist and four solo instrumentalists: clarinet, violin, cello and piano. The libretto is compiled and translated by Melanie Challenger from Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. Annelies is the full forename of Anne Frank, now commonly referred to by her abbreviated forename, Anne. Featuring soprano Stefanie Moore

Program Preview by Luke Quinton from Austin American-Statesman

Also on the program:

  • “It Singeth Low in Every Heart,” Scotch Traditional Melody
  • “Al Shlosha D’Varim,” arranged by Allan E. Naplan
  • “I Dream a World” (from the oratorio JFK: The Voice of Peace) by Dan Welcher

program booklet

press release

Pictured: composer Whitbourn and soloist Moore

Annelies is divided into fourteen movements.

  1. Introit – prelude (instrumental)
  2. The capture foretold
  3. The plan to go into hiding
  4. The last night at home and arrival at the Annexe
  5. Life in hiding
  6. Courage
  7. Fear of capture and the second break-in
  8. Sinfonia (Kyrie)
  9. The Dream
  10. Devastation of the outside world
  11. Passing of time
  12. The hope of liberation and a spring awakening
  13. The capture and the concentration camp
  14. Anne’s meditation


FULL LIBRETTO by Melanie Challenger

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