12.13.14 (7:30pm), Friday
12.14.14 (7:30pm), Saturday

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
606 W. 15th St., Austin, TX

The acclaimed Conspirare Youth Choirs, directed by Nina Revering, present “Spellbound,” this year’s edition of their popular annual holiday concert. The eclectic program includes seasonal music by John Rutter and Eleanor Daley, traditional holiday songs, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and more. Featured works are Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda by Gustav Holst, set to ancient Hindu texts of prayer and praise, and Dorothy Poems by Conspirare artistic director Craig Hella Johnson.

Johnson’s Dorothy Poems is a four-movement work set to poems by contemporary Colorado poet-mystic Dorothy Walters. Composed in 2012 for the Paideia School Women’s Chorus in Georgia, the work has since been performed around the country, including at the 50th anniversary celebration of American Choral Directors Association/Minnesota and in a workshop at the Oregon Bach Festival. One movement has been performed in Austin by Conspirare’s professional chamber choir, but the upcoming Conspirare Youth Choirs performance will be the Austin premiere of the work in its entirety.

Conspirare Youth Choirs concerts are family friendly and a delight to listeners of all ages. The CYC holiday performances often sell out, so advance purchase is recommended.

Spellbound program booklet



  • The Birds – Eleanor Daley
  • The Birds – Benjamin Britten
  • Jesus Child – John Rutter
  • Star Carol – John Rutter
  • You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Albert Hague, arr. Jeff Funk
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas – traditional carol, arr. Mark Puddy


  • Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda – Gustav Holst
    • I. Hymn to the Dawn
    • II. Hymn to the Waters
    • III. Hymn to Vena
    • IV. Hymn to the Travellers
  • Dorothy Poems – Craig Hella Johnson
    • I. Don’t Make Lists
    • II. I Cannot Tell You
    • III. Order of Melchizidek
    • IV. Until Even the Angels

Combined Choirs

  • Shepherd’s Carol – John Rutter
  • The Lord Bless You and Keep You – John Rutter
  • Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day – John Gardner
  • Idumea – shape note tune from Kentucky Harmony, set by Richard Bjella

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