10.08.11 (7:30pm) University Presbyterian Church Austin, Texas

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we sing Britannia.

Calling all Anglophiles! The men of Conspirare Symphonic Choir with the Conspirare Youth Choirs (CYC) perform works from Great Britain’s rich choral tradition, including music from the Royal Wedding. The concert is a rare opportunity to hear British cathedral-style choral music in Austin, in the first-ever collaboration between the Conspirare Symphonic men and the Youth Choirs. Rick Gabrillo, Conspirare associate director and CYC co-director, and Nina Revering, CYC co-director, will conduct.

The concert is built on the grand cathedral tradition of adult male choir and treble choir (upper-register voices) singing together, as exemplified in the Royal Wedding. Works to be performed by the Conspirare men’s choir with the youth choirs include Jerusalem and I Was Glad by Sir Charles Parry (both from the Wedding), nuptial favorite If Ye Love Me by Thomas Tallis, and other music from folksongs to U2. For a change of pace, the forty-voice men’s choir alone will sing Five Mystical Songs and The Drinking Song by Ralph Vaughan Williams, plus works by Z. Randall Stroope, John Rutter, and more in this varied, unusual program.

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