March 22, 2020

Craig’s Sunday Song – You’ll Never Walk Alone

March 20, 2020

We are thinking about our Conspirare family every day and have a special video from Craig to you.

March 17, 2020

dear friends,
such tender and challenging times. thank you for being a part of the conspirare musical family. we love you and we cherish the connection we have with you. during these times, we want to lean into our interconnectedness with you and to experience and remember the strength, joy and solace that we find in each other. we plan to stay intentionally connected with you through that which brought us together in the first place, music.

eliza gilkyson wrote her song “requiem” after the devastating Asian tsunami of 2004 as an invocation to compassion and as a song of prayer and comfort. this pristine song was first sung and recorded by eliza and her daughter. i was moved to create a simple choral arrangement so that we could sing from its universal themes together. we share here conspirare singing eliza’s song.

sent with love,
craig on behalf of all of the conspirare artists, staff and board

“illuminate the path where we are going”

mother mary, full of grace, awaken
all our homes are gone, our loved ones taken
taken by the sea
mother mary, calm our fears, have mercy
drowning in a sea of tears, have mercy
hear our mournful plea
our world has been shaken
we wander our homelands forsaken
in the dark night of the soul
bring some comfort to us all
oh mother mary come and carry us in your embrace
that our sorrows may be faced
mary, fill the glass to overflowing
illuminate the path where we are going
have mercy on us all
in funeral fires burning
each flame to your mystery returning
in the dark night of the soul
your shattered dreamers, make them whole
oh mother mary find us where we’ve fallen out of grace
lead us to a higher place
in the dark night of the soul
our broken hearts you can make whole
oh mother mary come and carry us in your embrace
let us see your gentle face, mary

lyrics reprinted with permission of Eliza Gilkyson.
learn more about this album here.

March 17, 2020

Dear Conspirare family,
As we join our colleagues in following guidelines to support public health in this unprecedented situation, we share news of the following Conspirare event cancellations:

  • Conspirare Youth Choirs (May 1-2). All ticket holders will be contacted by Sam Henderson with next steps to request a refund or convert your ticket order into a donation.
  • Considering Matthew Shepard presented by the Oregon Bach Festival (May 16). Ticket holders will be contacted by the Hult Center with next steps. You may reach their box office at 541-682-5000, or get more information by clicking HERE.

With gratitude,
All of Us at Conspirare

March 13, 2020

Dear Conspirare Family,
We are sharing this update to you as an invested and cherished members of our Conspirare family. After weighing many variables in close consultation our stakeholders from the community, we are postponing the following events:

  • Hidden Music (April 19)
  • Big Sing: Singing Planet (April 14)
  • Earth Ritual (April 25 & 26)

We are planning to reschedule these events as the environment and artist availability allows. At this time we do not know the exact timing of rescheduling.  Our team will be directly in touch with artists, ambassadors, and ticket buyers with next steps. Earth Ritual tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date. Ticket buyers will receive an e-mail message from Sam Henderson with complete information.

Decisions are still pending for these events:

  • Conspirare Youth Choirs:  Reveal (May 1 and 2)
  • Austin Symphony Orchestra Beethoven @ 250  (May 15 and 16)
  • Oregon Bach Festival: Considering Matthew Shepard (May 16)

Pending word on the above, Symphonic and CYC rehearsal schedules are also under review. We are exploring virtual alternatives and affected singers will receive notice prior to each rehearsal.

Like our fellow colleagues in the performing arts, Conspirare will incur a significant financial impact which will have an immediate effect on our artists in particular. We welcome your ideas on how we can support our family in this time. We ask for your patience as we take next steps including sending out communication regarding specific action items for you individually. We hope notice of this decision will provide clarity and time for you to plan.  We will hold true to our values and work to remain transparent, honest, and open.

In a time where we are being asked to distance ourselves for our collective survival, we are holding tight to the ways we remain connected and our opportunity to foster this connection in this time where we especially need it. We will be creating some online offerings and exploring ways to remain virtually linked while we are physically apart.  Please do not hesitate to contact any of us at any time.

March 12, 2020

Q: Are the Conspirare offices open, and are events still planned to occur as scheduled?
A: Yes – our office is open for regular business hours. We have advised staff to stay home if they are feeling ill and encourage patrons to do the same. All staff have the option to work remotely and we are prepared to continue operations remotely should the situation warrant. Staff will check voicemail and e-mail remotely. Conspirare is monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily, including updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the City of Austin. At this time, all spring events are currently proceeding.

Dear Conspirare Family,
For many years, our Conspirare’s tag line was “We Sing Life. Life Sings Us.” In this current moment, we find ourselves being sung by life as never before.  We are feeling more strongly than ever the connections we have created with you and others around the world through music.

With the emergence of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in the United States, we are actively monitoring public health recommendations from our local, state, and national authorities and their intersection with our operations to determine how our upcoming rehearsals and events may be impacted.  Although we are based in Austin, many of our artists (and listeners!) travel from around the country to make music with us, creating a unique set of circumstances and considerations. As information becomes available, we will make and communicate decisions about our upcoming events directly to you via e-mail and on our website and Facebook pages.

We will continue to stay in touch with you about our upcoming events and any related next steps in the coming days and weeks. We have been incredibly inspired by the generous individuals who have consulted with us about how to proceed in light of our current world situation.  Thank you!

We are happy to answer your immediate questions and hear your ideas. Please contact us at info@conspirare.org or call 512-476-5775 and we will connect you to one of our staff.  As with any time between concerts, we invite you to stream Conspirare on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube and hope that our music can provide a respite in these days.

With gratitude,
All of Us at Conspirare

Your support today is more important than ever. As a non-profit arts organization, Conspirare relies on the people we serve to insure our future. Please consider the role Conspirare plays in your life and support your Grammy-winning Conspirare with a gift in any amount today.