The Singing Guitar: how little you are

11.02.19 (8:00pm), Saturday

AISD Performing Arts Center
1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, Texas 78723
Tickets available now through the Long Center Box Office

11.03.19 (7:30pm), Sunday

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
3471 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027
Tickets through St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Join Conspirare, The Los Angeles, Texas and Austin Guitar Quartets for this exciting season opener! Nico Muhly’s musical meditation How Little You Are takes center stage for an encore performance of this major work. Muhly poignantly sets texts of 19th Century pioneer women from Texas & Wyoming for choir and 12 guitars. This concert will become Conspirare’s next recording!  

Concert Program:

Chorale  (Frederic Hand)

The Long Day Closes (Daniel Elder)

When the Guitar  (Reena Esmail)

The Dawn’s Early Light (2019)  World Premiere  (Kile Smith)

How Little You Are (Nico Muhl)

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Texas Guitar Quartet

Austin Guitar Quartet

The program also includes the world premiere of a setting from Native American advocate and author Sarah Winnemucca’s Life Among the Piutes by Kile Smith and a new arrangement of Reena Esmail’s “For the Violin,” arranged for choir and guitars. With cellist Doug Harvey.

Reena Esmail Credit: Rachel Garcia

Kile Smith


From Austin American Statesman critic Luke Quinton following the 2015 premiere of How Little You Are“It’s a strong, moving work, a richly detailed piece of art that takes worthy stories from the West and makes them into something more than the sum of their parts, piecing just tiny fragments of these women’s lives together in a buzzing, humming vibrating piece of music that manages to move you not just intellectually, but emotionally.”


Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Kile Smith

Artists Performing
Conspirare Singers