The singers of Conspirare gathered on Monday to begin rehearsals for our concert this weekend. It has been an incredible joy to see and hear them again after a long summer break.
All summer long we have been living with the score of this important new work of Kevin Puts, the composer who recently won the Pulitzer Prize for his opera “Silent Night,” and we were all very moved by our first singing of it together. For the rest of the week we will spend our time rehearsing, eager to inhabit this work as deeply as we can so we can share it with you.
The rest of the concert will include several pieces familiar to you, many which you have requested to hear again: spirituals, the iconic “Agnus Dei,” and some popular/folk song arrangements including “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t got No Home,” a recent song of Eliza Gilkyson, and Stephen Sondheim’s beautiful classic “With So Little to Be Sure Of.” Here is a sneak preview of the Guthrie and Gilkyson that was recorded live during last March’s midwest tour:
We really want to sing for you and truly hope you can join us this weekend to begin our 20th anniversary season together.
Thank you for being a part of our listening circle, you are transcendent company.