The Singing GuitarDelos
The wonderful Conspirare chamber choir, known for its interpretive depth and otherworldly sonic lushness, offers another of its captivating programs-this time joined by three superb guitar quartets-in a program remarkably relevant to our time.
Conspirare's 2019 Delos album, The Hope of Loving (DE 3578), was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for Best Choral Performance in 2020. The concert version of The Singing Guitar was performed to full houses in 2019. The combination of guitar quartet and chorus is so successful it's surprising that more composers have not written for it. Four recently written compositions feature the voices of Conspirare accompanied by guitar-twelve guitars in Nico Muhly's How Little You Are, a compelling composition telling of the struggles of pioneer women. Kile Smith's The Dawn's Early Light ponders our national anthem in the writings of a Native American woman, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins. The album is rounded out with compositions by Reena Esmail and Conspirare's founder and director Craig Hella Johnson.
Conspirare presents new works for choir and guitar to create a distinctive sound world / 89.7WOSU
89.7WOSU's Jennifer Hambrick writes......The Singing Guitar features new works by four acclaimed contemporary composers – Nico Muhly, Reena Esmail, Kile Smith and Craig Hella Johnson – performed by the Austin-based choral ensemble Conspirare, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Texas Guitar Quartet, the Austin Guitar Quartet and cellist Douglas Harvey. It was released last week by Delos. ...
Conspirare conductor Craig Hella Johnson lets his imagination run wild on 'The Singing Guitar' / New Classical Tracks
New Classical Tracks - JULIE AMACHER writes.......Can you imagine the voices of the Austin-based vocal ensemble Conspirare, combined with the delicate shifting textures of 12 guitars? The conductor and artistic director of Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, decided to let his imagination run wild. Their new recording, The Singing Guitar, features Conspirare, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Texas Guitar...
Conspirare founder Craig Hella Johnson talks 'The Singing Guitar' with Harmonious World
The wonderful Conspirare chamber choir, known for its interpretive depth and otherworldly sonic lushness, offers another of its captivating programs-this time joined by three superb guitar quartets-in a program remarkably relevant to our time. The concert version of The Singing Guitar was performed to full houses in 2019. The combination of guitar quartet and chorus is so successful it's surprising t...
Conspirare's June Season Finale: Songs for Seasons presents the world premiere of Kile Smith's 'April Showers'
Conspirare will close this season with Songs for Seasons, a concert centered on hope and renewal and hosted by artistic director Craig Hella Johnson. Conspirare singers Stefanie Moore, soprano, Laura Mercado-Wright, mezzo-soprano, Dann Coakwell, tenor, and Simon Barrad, baritone will be performing. The concert features the world premiere of April Showers, a song cycle by composer Kile Smith. Smith says o...
Conspirare founder Craig Hella Johnson chats with 90.9WGUC - Cincinnati
90.9WGUC's Brian O'Donnell writes....Craig Hella Johnson is known for crafting musical journeys that create deep connections between performers and listeners. Johnson is Music Director of the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and conductor emeritus of the Victoria Bach Festival and he's also Artistic Director of Conspirare, a grammy award winning virtuoso choir who released a beautiful project not l...
On 'The Singing Guitar' Conspirare touches on the major themes of 2020....solitude and loneliness / 90.5WUOL - Interview
90.5WUOL's Colleen Phelps writes.....When Texas-based professional choir Conspirare created their album The Singing Guitar they collected pieces centered on solitude, loneliness, and even the big questions asked in The Star Spangled Banner, they ended up touching on the major themes of 2020 that have continued into 2021. Director Craig Hella Johnson points out that a sense of longing is a t...
Conspirare's 'Quarantine Madrigals' - If the member of a choir sings when no one is around, is there a sound? / The Austin Chronicle
This new song cycle gives isolated singers music to build a choir with – a choir of just themselves The Austin Chronicle's ROBERT FAIRES writes.....For many choral singers, that's become a real – and distressing – question this past year. If the reason you sing is to blend your voice with others, who are you without those other voices? Anyone? The particular sense of lon...
Conspirare collaborates 'October Project Music' for 'Genesis: From Grief to Hope'
Grammy award winning choir, Conspirare and internationally acclaimed creative collaborative October Project Music are uniting to present RE:Genesis, featuring the world premieres of ìHolding Our Breath,î written by Carlos Cordero (Austin, TX) composer and Julie Flanders (New York, NY), poet, and ìCall Across,î written by Kyle Pederson (Minneapolis, MN) and Brian Newhouse (Minnea...