The Singing Guitar: how little you are

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!

Tickets on sale now!


11.02.19 at 8pm

AISD Performing Arts Center
1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Austin, Texas 78723

Preconcert talk at 7pm with Soprano Estelí Gomez and Composer Kile Smith

Tickets available now through the Long Center Box Office


11.03.19 at 7:30pm

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

Tickets through St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

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 Muhly)

The Singing Guitar Texts and Translations

The Singing Guitar Program

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.

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

  • Anna Christofaro
  • Mela Dailey
  • Esteli Gomez
  • Chelsea Helm
  • Julie Keim
  • Gitanjali Mathur
  • Kathlene Ritch
  • Shari Wilson
  • Ana Baida 
  • Sarah Brauer
  • Janet Carlsen Campbell
  • Lauren McAllister
  • Laura Mercado-Wright
  • Keely Rhodes 
  • JD Burnett
  • Dann Coakwell
  • Carr Hornbuckle
  • Jos Milton
  • Wilson Nichols
  • Steven Soph
  • Simon Barrad
  • Robert Harlan
  • Harris Ipock
  • Enrico Lagasca
  • Tim O’Brien
  • John Proft 

Doug Harvey, cello

Austin Guitar Quartet

  • Chad Ibson
  • Janet Grohovac
  • Stephen Krishnan
  • Tom Clippinger

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

  • Scott Tennant
  • Matt Greif
  • John Dearman
  • Bill Kanengiser

Texas Guitar Quartet

  • Isaac Bustos
  • Joseph Palmer
  • Alejandro Montiel
  • Jay Kacherski

Faith DeBow, Rehearsal Pianist

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