Released on CD as “Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings”

Jump to Pablo Neruda Special Events

09.18.14 (8pm), Thursday
09.19.14 (8pm), Friday

Bates Recital Hall
2406 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin TX


Pre-concert talks at 7pm each night. Introduced and moderated by Dave Oliphant. Donald Grantham will join Dave on Thursday (9/18), and Cary Ratcliff will join Dave on Friday (9/19).

$6 “Click and Park” parking is offered for advance purchase (must buy by 10pm the night before concert, print permit and place on dashboard). Subject to availability, non-refundable. DETAILSBUY

09.21.14 (4pm), Sunday

Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center
1700 South Main St., Goshen, IN
$40 • $35 • $23 INFO/TICKETS

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Conspirare Company of Voices performs works set to poetry of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The program includes Ode to Common Things (1995) by Cary Ratcliff, premiering a new version by the composer for four-hand piano, harp, and percussion, with additional guitar; and La Canción desesperada, “Song of Despair” (2005) by Austin composer Donald Grantham, originally written for Conspirare and newly revised for this concert. Works by Shawn Kirchner and Morten Lauridsen will also be performed. With soloists Lauren Snouffer (soprano), James Bass (baritone), and Stephen Redfield (violin). The program will also be recorded in Goshen, IN, for release on Harmonia Mundi.


Craig Hella Johnson invites you (Inspire blog video)

Singers & Instrumentalists Performing


Craig Hella Johnson reads a favorite Neruda poem.

Special Events

09.13.14 (2pm), Saturday

Coffee Talk with Composer Donald Grantham

Monkey Nest
5353 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX

FREE! No RSVP required; Limited seating

Join Austin composer Donald Grantham for coffee and conversation! Donald will offer insight into his piece La Canción desesperada (part of “The Poet Sings: Pablo Neruda” musical lineup), including the search for and adaptation of Neruda’s poetry. He will play audio samples from the piece’s 2005 premiere and share his vision of the new version. One pair of tickets to “The Poet Sings: Pablo Neruda” will be given away. Food and beverage available for purchase.

09.14.14 (4pm), Sunday

Documentary Film Screening

Marchesa Hall & Theatre
6406 N I H 35 # 3100, Austin, TX

General Admission $10 (Austin Film Society members $8). Tickets at the door or at

Pablo Neruda: The Poet’s Calling is a 30-minute excerpt from director Mark Eisner’s documentary-in-progress about the Chilean poet and Nobel laureate. Described as “an artistic portrait of Pablo Neruda’s potent poetry, social activism, and monumental yet fallible life,” this is the first feature-length English-language documentary on the revered poet and statesman. The screening will be followed by an interactive conversation (including Q & A) with Eisner and Conspirare’s Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson.  Eisner will be signing copies of his best selling The Essential Neruda: Selected Poems afterwards.

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09.16.14 (2-5pm and 7-10pm), Tuesday
09.17.14 (3:30-5:30pm), Wednesday

Open Rehearsals

Bates Recital Hall
2406 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin TX

FREE to the public. No RSVP required.

Visitors are free to come and go during the open rehearsals. In order to not disrupt the artists we ask that you please treat the rehearsal environment as a concert space and move about quietly.



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