Noteworthy | September 2017
Autumn has arrived, and with it comes the opportunity to reflect on the passing season and unite to support and celebrate our neighbors. We hope you'll join Conspirare as we create community and connection through our upcoming Symphonic Choir Sings  concert and  Big Sing! Join our circle by learning about volunteer and support opportunities in addition to the recent Hope After Harvey Hurricane Benefit Concert. Get up close and personal with Craig and Carrie Rodriguez in our Concert Conversations, and carry the Conspirare experience with you by visiting our webpage where four Conspirare albums will soon be available digitally for the first time! All of this and more is featured in this season's Noteworthy. Take a look, and we hope to cross paths with you soon. 

Uniting Voices at the Big SingBigSing

We invite one and all to come together with songs of healing, comfort, empowerment and renewal. In the midst of these intense and challenging times, we will sing together as a way of remembering our powerful connections with one another and expressing these common bonds in song. Musical selections at Big Sings range from familiar rounds, spirituals, and Beatles songs to popular 20th century standards from the Great American Songbook. Singers of all experiences levels welcome, and no singing experience is required--we invite you to make your out of the shower debut with us at the Big Sing!

October 12 | 5:30pm | Free!
St. Martin's Lutheran Church
Symphonic
 
Eighty Voices, Eight Instruments, One Evening of Connection

"To see, feel, and think together  
As if you were next to me  
No matter how far apart we are...  
To cry, laugh, and sing together  
Under this sky  
No matter how far apart we are...  
Please...  
Feel the connection of the sky,  
And the connection of our hearts."  
Kentaro Sato  
 
What connects us? Song? Country? Disaster? Love? Conspirare's Symphonic Choir presents a concert examining our impulse   for connection, including regional premieres of D avid  L ang's   the national anthems  and  Mass Transmission by Mason Bates. The choir will be joined by instrumental collaborators including Artisan Quartet, Austin Haller (organ), Faith DeBow (piano and electronica), Thomas Burritt (percussion) and Utah Hamrick (double bass).
 
Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson reflects on the program: "Never before in my life have I felt so urgently the absolute necessity o f coming together to sing and listen as a way to navigate our lives together and to express all we are holding in this intense and challenging time. Our fall program presents powerful music, which I am very excited to share with Austin audiences. The major works on the program are composed by two of the most compelling composers on the musical scene today. It promises to be a stirring and deeply engaging evening of music and an inspirational way to come together."

October 27 | 8:00pm | $35 General Admission | $10 Students
University Presbyterian Church

Conspirare Youth Choirs Invited to the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association

On the heels of a successful Tuscany tour, CYC's Allegro singers have been invited to headline at the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association Convention! Our singers will travel to Oklahoma City this March to  perform a  new program of music from such films as Le Choristes, The Shawshank Redemption, and Gladiator. They will also debut a  brand  new piece called "The Lottery"  from Texas composer Mark Hierholzer, who has written this piece  especially for our Allegro singers. In keeping with the cinema music theme, the piece is based on the song "The Parting Glass" from the film Waking Ned Devine. 
Concert
Get up close and personal with Craig and Carrie at Concert Conversations

Enjoy an exquisite meal by Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar while Craig and featured artist Carrie Rodriguez share their artistic vision for Conspirare Christmas 2017. At this exclusive, limited seating event, experience delicious food, beautiful music, and a glimpse into this year's Christmas concert!  Menu will include:
  • Fall Salad of roasted beets, orange supremes, and haricot verts with candied walnuts, goat's milk feta cheese, and vinaigrette
  • French-cut chicken breast with saffron rice pilaf and arugula or (vegan) stuffed roasted Italian pepper with saffron rice and eggplant caponata over arugula
  • Flourless chocolate torte with orange liqueur whipped cream, toasted hazelnuts and assortment of fresh berries or (vegan) berry sorbetto
11.28.17 | 11:30am-1:30pm 
Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar
Season Calendar
We're looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming performances and events!

October
12th | Big Sing! Come Together | St. Martin's Ev Lutheran Church | Austin
27th | Symphonic Choir Sings | University Presbyterian Church | Austin

November
28th | Holiday Big Sing! | St. Martin's Ev Lutheran Church | Austin
28th | Concert Conversation: Conspirare Christmas with Craig and Carrie | Gusto  
Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar | Austin

December 
Conspirare Youth Choirs: Breath of Heaven
 1st | University Presbyterian Church | Austin
2nd | University Presbyterian Church | Austin
 
Conspirare Christmas
  7th | First United Methodist Church | Victoria
  8th | Saint Luke's United Methodist Church | Houston
  9th | The Carillon | Austin - SOLD OUT
10th | The Tobin Center | San Antonio
11th | The Long Center | Austin
13th | The Carillon | Austin - SOLD OUT
14th | The Carillon | Austin - SOLD OUT

February 
2nd | The Poet Sings: Dashon Burton with Craig Hella Johnson | Jessen Auditorium,
 Homer Rainey Hall, UT Campus | Austin
 
Considering Matthew Shepard: Encore Performances 2018
21st | Dallas City Performance Hall | Dallas
25th | Lied Center for the Performing Arts | Lincoln, NE
27th | Ford Center for the Performing Arts | Oxford, MS

Save the date for Hidden Music: April 19 at Brazos Hall! More details coming soon.
 
Look for more details and Spring '18 events on our website .
Support

Launched to celebrate 25 years of Conspirare's  artistry, Hella Circle is a community of supporters  who believe in the transformative power of music.  Inspired by the visionary performances, recordings,  and special projects of Craig Hella Johnson and  Conspirare, Hella Circle members are joined  by their commitment to sustained support of  Conspirare's next 25 years and beyond.

Y OUR SUSTAINING SUPPORT OF CONSPIRARE
 
Your Hella Circle gift helps bridge the gap between earned  income and expenses. You create financial predictability  that allows Conspirare to produce imaginative and bold  performances that inspire and connect audiences. You  also make possible outreach and education opportunities,  including Big Sing! and jail programming, that weave the  music and spirit of Conspirare into the community.  Your contribution:
  • Brings Conspirare's music to the widest possible audience
  • Awakens in others a passion for, and knowledge about, choral music
  • Sustains world-class artistry and organizational vibrancy

For more information, please visit our   Donate Page or  contact Marianne DeLeon, our Chief Development Officer, at 512.476.5775  or at mdeleon@conspirare.org.
CDs
Holiday Favorites Available ONLINE
 
Bring the magic of Christmas with Conspirare to your digital devices!

Beautiful City
Conspirare Christmas 2016
Conspirare's latest Christmas album is available for pre-sale! Visit our online shop today to reserve your copy and be one of the first to hear this new release.

(At Right: Matt Alber)

Love Again, One Voice, Unclouded Day, and Singing Heart
Love Again
One Voice
Unclouded Day , and Singing Heart  will be released and available for downloads on  our website starting Friday, October 13th

Corporate Sponsorship for Conspirare's Christmas 2017

Please help us share the holiday spirit with your gift today. Thank you for your support of a wonderful holiday tradition since 1994! 
 
At Conspirare Christmas, Craig Hella Johnson will be joined by Carrie Rodriguez as they deliver world-class vocal artistry in this celebration of love, connection, and renewal. An evening that will feed your soul and open your heart, please join us for Conspirare Christmas either on December 9th at the Tobin Center in San Antonio and/or on December 10th at the Long Center in Austin.  
 
At a time when spirits are low and our neighbors are searching for connection, Conspirare Christmas offers respite from the storm. Your generous support enables us to continue outreach and share our music with an international audience.  For more information on Sponsorship and Benefits, please visit our  Corporate Sponsorship Page  or contact Marianne DeLeon, our Chief Development Officer, at 512.476.5775  or at mdeleon@conspirare.org.  If you would like to make an online donation, please follow the link below. Thank you for your support!
Volunteer
 
Love what you hear? Join us as a Conspirare Ambassador.

Our Ambassadors' contributions of time and commitment are critical for welcoming audiences, informing the public of future concerts, and even housing out-of-town artists during concert series. Your skills and hospitality would be welcomed additions to our community, and we invite you to engage in the following roles:
  • Front-of-House: Ushers, Merchandise Retailers, Reception Hosts
  • Administration: Music Librarians, Press Archivists, Administrative Assistants
  • Hospitality: Short-term Housing Hosts
Ambassador roles are matched with interests and skills, you may serve as often as you like, and we welcome music lovers of all ages to participate.  If you're interested in giving back to Conspirare and enjoying a free performance as our thank you, please join us.
 
For more information, visit our volunteer webpage or email Kathy Leighton at kleighton@conspirare.org.
Donor Spotlight: Jeanie Wyatt

Jeanie Wyatt, CFA, is a patron saint of numerous not-for-profit organizations throughout South and Central Texas, deeply committed from a young age to the arts in Texas, and is the founder of the successful financial firm South Texas Money Management.
 
Founded in December 2000, South Texas Money Management (STMM) has garnered a host of honors under Jeanie's leadership. Barron's magazine named Wyatt to the Top Financial Advisors by State list (2017 and 2016), the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors list ( 2017, 2016 and 2015), and the Top 100 Independent Advisors list (201 2, 2011, and 201 0). She was also named to wealthmanagement.com's Top 10 Women-Owned RIAs list (201 6, 201 5, 201 4 and 201 3). Financial Times Magazine named her as one of the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors (2014), and the firm was listed in the Top 300 RIAs ( 2017, 201 6, 201 5 and 201 4). CNBC named STMM to their list of Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Managers (2014 and 2015), and Forbes named the firm one of the Top 100 Wealth Managers (201 6 and 201 5). Based in San Antonio, South Texas Money Management has additional offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Houston, and Dallas.
 
STMM's long-term support of Conspirare has served as a catalyst for Craig Hella Johnson's engagement in the innovative artistic expression that propelled Conspirare from a local professional choir to one with a regional, national, and international presence. Conspirare's 2017 performance at the Texas Medal of Arts Awards Ceremony represents the culmination of our joint efforts with STMM to expand Conspirare's Texas presence. This season, Conspirare reached 8,000 listeners through season performances and outreach events in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Victoria, and College Station. STMM's support made it possible for Conspirare to build capacity through return appearances in Houston and San Antonio in season 17-18.
 
Jeanie's business acumen, knowledge of the financial world, and success in her field of financial planning have enabled her to transform numerous not-for-profit organizations.  Conspirare is not the only organization to benefit from her generosity, but numerous organizations have found sustaining support from South Texas Money Management--Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Food and Wine Foundation of Texas, to name a few. In fact,  South Texas Money Management has given over $5million back to the communities in which it operates since its inception in 2000.  STMM has supported Conspirare since 2007 and became its Season Sustaining Underwriter in Season 2010-2011. In addition, STMM will be Conspirare's Season Sustaining Underwriter for the next three seasons. So, to Jeanie and everyone at South Texas Money Management, thank you. We are profoundly grateful.

South Texas Money Management
Hope
Uniting and Giving 
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Concert

Conspirare, Austin Chamber Music Center, the MirĂ³ Quartet, St. John's United Methodist Church, KUTX, and KMFA collaborated on a benefit concert held September 3, 2017, for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Hope After Harvey raised $33,000, all of which will go to Austin- and Houston-based disaster relief organizations.
 
For more information, visit the Hope After Harvey website

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