With world premiere of “To Touch the Sky” by Kevin Puts

09.27.12 (7pm) Klett Performing Arts Center Georgetown, TX
09.28.12 (8pm)
St. Martin’s Lutheran Church Austin, TX
09.29.12 (8pm) St. Martin’s Lutheran Church Austin, TX
09.30.12 (3pm) St. Matthews Episcopal Church Austin, TX

Reserved Single tickets: $60, $48, $36, $24, $18 ($10 Student) / Package discounts: $51, $41, $31, $20, $15

Pre-concert conversation with composer Kevin Puts by Dianne Donovan of KMFA one hour before each Austin performance (included in ticket)

Come together with Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices for music that defines the Conspirare family. Enjoy favorites from past years — spirituals, popular, and classical — plus the world premiere of To Touch the Sky (Nine Songs for Unaccompanied Chorus on Texts by Women). This resplendent new work by 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts is an a cappella setting of texts by female poets, writers and mystics across the centuries (see complete texts), commissioned especially for Conspirare by American Composers Forum.

program booklet

list of program works

Kevin Puts and Craig Hella Johnson on To Touch the Sky (ATXClassical.org)

Signature Conspirare Singers

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

  • Wendy Bloom
  • Janet Carlsen Campbell
  • Stella Hastings
  • Helen Karloski
  • Emily Lodine
  • Melissa Marse
  • Laura Mercado-Wright

  • Matt Alber
  • Daniel Buchanan
  • Dann Coakwell
  • Paul D’Arcy
  • Carr Hornbuckle
  • Jos Milton
  • Tracy Jacob Shirk

  • Cameron Beauchamp
  • Charles Wesley Evans
  • Rick Gabrillo
  • Bradford Gleim
  • Robert Harlan
  • Harris Ipock
  • Glenn A. Miller
  • John Proft

  • Faith DeBow

Look for To Touch the Sky on a future Conspirare CD, paired with Kevin Puts’s Fourth Symphony as recorded by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop.

Kevin Puts (photo J. Henry Fair)

Kevin Puts (photo J. Henry Fair)

Mr. Puts’s honors include the 2003 Benjamin H. Danks Award for Excellence in Orchestral Composition of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2001 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a 2001-2002 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, and the 1999 Barlow International Prize for Orchestral Music. While an undergraduate at the Eastman School of Music, Puts was awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the BMI 2001 Carlos Surinach Fund Commission, BMI’s 1998 William Schuman Prize, and several grants from BMI and ASCAP. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Puts received both his Bachelor’s Degree and his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Eastman School of Music, and his Master’s Degree from Yale University. From 1999 to 2005, he taught composition at The University of Texas at Austin. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Composition Faculty at the Peabody Institute. (kevinputs.com)

More biography, works, and music samples at kevinputs.com

The Austin presentation and recording of To Touch the Sky are supported with gifts to Conspirare’s new Fund for Artistic Innovation. For information on supporting this effort, please call 512-476-5775.

Season Sustaining Underwriter

Season Sustaining Underwriter