March Moderns: Vanguard 

03.26.19 (7:30pm),Tuesday

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
606 W. 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701
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Pre-concert talk with Penny Brandt one hour before.

Conspirare welcomes students! Student tickets: $10. 

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Vanguard opens the festival with a powerful lineup of six acclaimed female composers including Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Andrea Clearfield, Rosephanye Powell, Felicia Sandler and Jocelyn Hagen. This dynamic program includes set texts of Langston Hughes, Gudrun Eva Minervudottir, Hildegard von Bingen, and Walt Whitman. The program includes works with string quintet and piano.


Laus Trinitati Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), arr. Felicia Sandler (b. 1961)
poet of the body and the soul Andrea Clearfield  (b. 1960)
Ad genua / To the knees Anna Thorvoldsdottir  (b. 1977)
To Sit and Dream  Rosephanye Powell  (b. 1962)
To the Hands Caroline Shaw  (b. 1982)
Now our Meeting’s Over American Folk Song, arr. Jocelyn Hagen  (b. 1980)

Pre-Concert Talk Description: Our society has long held this idea that Western art was developed through a universal aesthetic—that great art can be judged and ranked via a set of principles that everyone more or less feels in their souls once they’ve had enough education and exposure to the right kinds of art. That idea has allowed curators and historians to act as gatekeepers for centuries, and—particularly in classical music—has silenced many of the voices of creators who might have had a significant impact on our understanding of beauty and truth. In recent years, innovative programmers have sought to break down the idea of a universal aesthetic, instead considering how a diverse multiplicity of aesthetics might inspire audiences. Does that mean that we need to start listening differently? The short answer is “No,” and the long answer is: “Maybe we should have been listening differently all along.” 

Caroline Shaw

Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Andrea Clearfield

Rosephanye Powell

Felicia Sandler

Jocelyn Hagen


Listen before you attend!

Recommended Recording and background information on “To the Hands.”

Recommended Recording & Background information on “Ad Genua/to the knees.”

Recommended Recording & Background Information on “poet of the body and the soul”


Artists Performing
Conspirare Singers