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05.07.14 (6-9pm), Thursday
Open Rehearsal

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
606 W. 15th St., Austin, TX
FREE and open to the public
Join Conspirare for a dress rehearsal and Q & A with Craig and composers Eric Banks and Jake Runestad. (Please enter and exit the sanctuary quietly.)
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05.08.14 (7:30pm), Friday

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
3471 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX
Tickets through St. Luke’s (General Admission $40 · Student $20)
Pre-concert talk with composers by James Franklin at 6:30pm in the chapel

05.09.14 (11am-1pm), Saturday
Composer Conversations

Aviary Lounge
2110 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX
FREE and open to the public
Composer Eric Banks will discuss his inspiration behind “This Delicate Universe,” including the creative process, his journey to Egypt, and his relationship with Craig Hella Johnson.
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05.09.15 (8pm), Saturday
05.10.15 (4pm), Sunday

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
606 W. 15th St., Austin, TX
Pre-concert talk with composers by Joelle Zigman one hour before each concert
05.09.15: Advance sales end 5/09, 4pm; Will Call and Door sales begin 6:30pm.
05.10.15: Advance sales end 5/10, Noon; Will Call and Door sales begin 2:30pm. 

Both Joelle Zigman (Austin) and James Franklin (Houston) will host pre-concert talks with composers Eric Banks and Jake Runestad one hour prior to each concert. Both composers have world premieres featured on the program. Get an insider’s view of these new works for choir!

Gusto, Conspirare's Restaurant Partner

Gusto, Conspirare’s Restaurant Partner


New Works for Our World

Conspirare explores human connections with art, nature, love, and our own neighborhoods with world premieres of two transformative works in one concert. “This Delicate Universe” by Eric Banks (pictured above right) features texts by Greek-Egyptian poet Constantine Cavafy and was commissioned by Conspirare through an award from Chorus America. Jake Runestad’s “Come to the Woods” honors John Muir’s devotion to the natural world, the music imitating climbing a tree in a storm, exploring a flower and allowing nature’s power to bring peace and healing. The program will be rounded out by additional contemporary works. With Faith DeBow on piano. Press Release

Program booklet

KMFA Interview, Eric Banks, Jake Runestad, and Craig Hella Johnson with Dianne Donovan (05.08.15)


Jake Runestad

The first half of the program will be selected from the following:

  • See How the Earth (VI from Spherical Madrigals) Ross Lee Finney (1906-1997)
  • I Sing the Body Electric Michael Gore (b. 1951), arr. Craig Hella Johnson (b. 1962)
  • Song of the Stars William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)
  • Come to the Woods Jake Runestad (b. 1986), World premiere
  • Unclouded Day J. K. Alwood (1828-1909), arr. Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970)



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