Late February finds us looking forward with much anticipation to our Midwest tour this March. I wanted to take a moment to tell you about the program, the concerts, and why this series is so special for us.
Conspirare’s circle of listeners reaches far beyond our home base in Austin. In fact, our circle of singers is much the same way – the majority of our singers fly in to Austin from all corners of the country (and sometimes the world) for our rehearsals and performances in central Texas. As word has spread about our music, it has felt more and more important for us to be able to meet our listeners who may only know us from a CD or DVD, or perhaps from hearing us on the radio, and to be able to share with them the space that we can create together as a group of singers and listeners. We are beyond excited to be able to join our friends in the Midwest for a great week of music.
When planning the program for our tour, I collected and gathered from some of our favorite musical moments from the last few years. You will notice works from our recent concerts (two new works from Eric Whitacre that were previewed in January, and selections from our Barber concerts and recording sessions last fall), some cherished newer favorites, and some old faithful pieces that we have loved singing together for many years.
What are some of your favorite Conspirare moments from the last few seasons? If you were to put together a Conspirare program or playlist, what would you include? Please share your ideas and memories with us in the comments section below!
Now, a preview from the program along with song samples for you to enjoy:
My colleagues and I have been especially inspired in the last two years by our exploration of the African American Spiritual. As such, several pieces from our “Sing Freedom” album will be featured on our Midwest tour. Recommended listening:
“Soon Ah Will Be Done / I Wanna Die Easy”
Still fresh in our hearts and minds is the wonderful experience we had this fall at Goshen College recording a new CD of the complete choral works of Samuel Barber. We eagerly await the album’s release in early Fall 2012 and will perform a few of our favorites from the upcoming release while on tour. Recommended listening:
“To Be Sung on the Water”
A stand-out moment for us came in 2010 when we performed David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work, The Little Match Girl Passion. Recommended listening:
See you on the road!
“Soon Ah Will Be Done / I Wanna Die Easy” and “Hard Trials” (arrangements Craig Hella Johnson) from Sing Freedom!: African American Spirituals, Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices, Harmonia Mundi, 2011. “Agnus Dei” by Samuel Barber from the Grammy®-nominated CD A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert,” Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices live, Harmonia Mundi, 2009. “To Be Sung on the Water” by Samuel Barber, archival live recording from September 2011, Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices. “Dearest Heart” from The Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang, archival live recording from May 2010, Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices.