09.26.13 (7:30pm)

First United Methodist Church, Victoria, TX. Presented by Victoria Bach Festival

09.27.13 (7:30pm)

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Houston, TX. Presented by St. Luke’s

09.28.13 (8pm)

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
*NEW for Saturday only – general admission $18 (obstructed-view seats; order by phone, not available online – 512-474-5664)
Advance online/phone sales end 9/28 5pm; door sales/will call begin 6:30pm

09.29.13 (3pm)

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX
Advance online/phone sales end 9/29 noon; door sales/will call begin 1:30pm

AUSTIN TICKETS RESERVED $60, $48, $36, $24 (subscription $51, $41, $31, $20; Student w/ID $10)

Pre-concert talks one hour before each Austin performance by Ellsworth Peterson, Artistic Director of the Georgetown Festival of the Arts and Professor Emeritus of Southwestern University (included in ticket).

Steven Sametz

Steven Sametz

Conspirare begins the dramatic arc of its twenty-first season with a concert celebrating the art and craft of choral composition. In this program J. S. Bach’s motets – gleaming pearls of elegant compositional craft – form a framework for music that expresses emotions from weary lament to exuberant joy. Audiences will hear Der Geist hilft and other Bach favorites, gems by Gustav Mahler, young Estonian composer Pärt Uusberg and more, plus a touch of gospel. A new revision of Steven Sametz’s in time of (text by e.e. cummings) will be premiered, and Conspirare’s artistic director Craig Hella Johnson will contribute a new setting of Born into Weary (The Weary Blues). The choir is joined by Faith Debow, piano and organ, cellist Douglas Harvey, and double bassist David Dawson.

Pärt Uusberg

Pärt Uusberg

Johnson says of the program:

“We all aspire to a balance between structure and freedom, and the music we’re singing in September is incredibly structured yet has a wonderfully free feeling. Having Bach at the core of a program like this illustrates the endless imagination of great composers: invert, spin, modulate, all to craft something fresh and new. It also showcases our singers’ skill in choral chamber music – which I like to think of as artists playing nicely with others in a very distinguished way.”

program booklet

A Message from Craig Hella Johnson

Craig Hella Johnson interview with Joelle Zigman (Audio) Nuts and Bolts Music, KVRX, Austin

Bach Plus Singers & Instrumentalists

  • Mela Dailey
  • Melissa Givens
  • Estelí Gomez
  • Nicole Greenidge Joseph
  • Julie Keim
  • Gitanjali Mathur
  • Stefanie Moore
  • Kathlene Ritch
  • Sonja DuToit Tengblad
  • Shari Alise Wilson

  • Janet Carlsen Campbell
  • Dorea Cook
  • Lexa Ferrill
  • Sarah Ihlefeld
  • Helen Karloski
  • Laura Mercado-Wright
  • Elizabeth Petillot
  • Keely J. Rhodes

  • Daniel Buchanan
  • Dann Coakwell
  • Paul D’Arcy
  • Jos Milton
  • Eric Neuville
  • Tracy Jacob Shirk
  • Matthew Tresler

  • Cameron Beauchamp
  • Charles Wesley Evans
  • David Farwig
  • Rick Gabrillo
  • Bradford Gleim
  • Robert Harlan
  • Harris Ipock
  • Glenn A. Miller
  • John Proft
  • cello, Douglas Harvey
  • double bass, David Dawson
  • piano & organ, Faith DeBow

Program Works
  • Motet: Der Geist hilft unserer Schwachheit auf BWV 226 (J.S. Bach)
  • Muusika (Pärt Uusberg)
  • Spiegel im Spiegel (Arvo Pärt)
  • A Wondrous Birth (Georgy Sviridov)
  • Born into Weary (The Weary Blues) (Craig Hella Johnson, text Langston Hughes)
  • Motet: Komm, Jesu, Komm BWV 229 (J.S. Bach)
  • Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Gustav Mahler, arr. Clytus Gottwald)


  • Motet: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV 225 (J.S. Bach)
  • in time of (Steven Sametz, text e.e. cummings)
  • Peace Like a River (arr. Ronald Staheli)
  • Motet: Lobet den Herrn BWV 230 (J.S. Bach)

visit conspirare's youtube channelWatch Der Geist hilft, performed by the famous boychoir of Bach’s church at Leipzig, and Komm, Jesu, komm, performed by The Sixteen.


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