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Rachmaninov Vespers
Conspirare gave a balanced, brilliant performance of this jewel of sacred choral music
"...Conspirare has been all over the map in recent months..."

March 6, 2009 Arts Review by Michael Kellerman

Top 10 Dance and Classical Music Wonders of 2008
Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires recaps 2008 in dance and classical music
"...2) Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Conspirare, Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus, and Texas State..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
Conspirare CD sells big, ASO executive director leaves, and learn to advocate for the arts
"...• Conspirare is tearing up the charts with its new CD,..."

Sept. 26, 2008 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Conspirare's performance of the Verdi work provided a blazing vision of Judgment Day and a transcendent glimpse of glory
"...past midsummer's night. There, the massed voices of the Conspirare Symphonic Choir, the Victoria Bach Festival Chorus, and the..."

June 27, 2008 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Verdi's Greatest Opera
"...Why the Verdi Requiem for Conspirare's first concert in Dell Hall? It wasn't really a..."

June 20, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Dance and Classical Music Wonders of 2007
Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires recaps 2007 in dance and classical music
"...2) Crossing the Divide Closing Gala Concert (Conspirare, et al.) How often are we blessed to hear..."

Jan. 4, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
The Blanton tweaks its schedule, Conspirare's fave composer takes the prize, and Hot September Flurries in June?
"...star of choral music whose work was spotlighted by Conspirare in its first concert of the season, had his..."

Dec. 28, 2007 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Culture Flash!
The skinny on selecting public art, Cookie leads Dance/ USA, Conspirare goes worldwide, and a UT playwright's scholarly honors
"...• This time next year, Conspirare will be heading to Copenhagen as the only American..."

July 13, 2007 Arts Column

Outstanding!
Nominations for the 2006-2007 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Christmas at the Carillon, Conspirare..."

May 18, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Christmas Choraling
With Conspirare’s Christmas at the Carillon and Austin Civic Chorus’ Sing It Yourself ‘Messiah’, you’ll get a thrilling dose of that most potent Christmas commodity: song!
"...the best voices. Then you might be tempted by Conspirare, Austin's premier professional choir, and its 10th annual Christmas..."

Dec. 10, 2004 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

A Piece of Work
In Conspirare's annual Christmas at the Carillon, the choir's performance of Jonathan Harvey's The Angels engulfed the audience like a sudden preternatural shower of light.
"...The AngelsFrom Conspirare's Christmas at the Carillon..."

Dec. 20, 2002 Arts Feature by Molly Beth Brenner

Palestrina and Pärt
The penultimate night of the 2001 New Texas Festival saw a reduced Conspirare Choir of 12 singers under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson compare and contrast selections by 16th-century composer Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina and 20th-century composer Arvo Pärt in an evening that displayed just how exquisite Johnson's choir is.
"...of this season's New Texas Festival saw a reduced Conspirare Choir of 12 singers under the direction of Craig..."

June 8, 2001 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Carmina Burana: Hi, Latin!
The New Texas Music Works rendition of Carl Orff's masterwork Carmina Burana was the usual exhilarating sonic roller-coaster of songs about love and lust and way too much drinking in the Middle Ages, but the exuberance of conductor Craig Hella Johnson also made it feel like a good new friend was introducing us to one of his favorite old friends.
"...these things to us, through the agencies of the Conspirare Orchestra, accompanied by the Conspirare Symphonic Choir and the..."

June 9, 2000 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Star Turns
The nominees for the 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...line upon line percussion The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson, Conspirare Traffic Jam, Steve Parker..."

May 9, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2015
Leaving deep impressions from 2015's dance and classical music works were the unexpected elements, like screen doors, trees, and car horns
"...tragedy of Salem. 3) The Poet Sings: Emily Dickinson (Conspirare)..."

Jan. 1, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
Top honors to Salvage Vanguard's Thr3e Zisters, LOLA Austin's Femme Bohème, and Texas State's Kiss Me, Kate
"...Physical Plant Theater's Everything Is Established; the Austin Classical Guitar/Conspirare/Texas Performing Arts collaboration How Little You Are; Performa/Dance's Ignite:..."

June 5, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Everything Is Exemplary
The 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Physical Plant Theater’s Everything Is Established; the Austin Classical Guitar/Conspirare/Texas Performing Arts collaboration How Little You Are; Performa/Dance’s Ignite:..."

June 3, 2015 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Bach Plus: Elegant Craft, Ardent Expression, Conspirare..."

May 8, 2014 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Top 10 (+1) Dance Classical Music Treasures of 2013
In 2013, dance and classical music were distinguished by their breadth of expression and eloquence
"...8) 'BACH PLUS: ELEGANT CRAFT, ARDENT EXPRESSION'/'CONSPIRARE CHRISTMAS' (Conspirare) Kin concerts of Craig Hella Johnson doing..."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Stumbling Into a New Architecture of Music
Convergence is where you find it, scheduled or not
"...& listening to them rehearse a few pieces – Conspirare had collided with the Church of the Friendly Ghost...."

Aug. 8, 2012 Chronolog Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Seeds of Inspiration
The 2012 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
"...to Austin Lyric Opera; their recent $1 million to Conspirare; and their sizable donations to Zach Theatre's new Topfer..."

June 1, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Classical Music Treasures of 2011
Ancient voices, singing strings, and lots of Bach made 2011 a fine year for ears
"...1) 'RENAISSANCE & RESPONSE: POLYPHONY THEN & NOW' (Conspirare) This breathtaking survey of early choral music in four..."

Jan. 6, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top of the Line
The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Bach: Mass in B Minor, Conspirare..."

May 27, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Give 'Em a Hand
The nominees for the 2009 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...Rachmaninoff: Vespers, Conspirare..."

May 15, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Classical Organizations
Classical companies respond to the economic crisis before the fat lady can sing
"...• Conspirare has postponed the premiere of a new choral work..."

Jan. 23, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Musical Triumphs, Plus Evidence That Austin Is Innovating the Classical World
Chronicle Arts writer Michael Kellerman recalls 2008, in classical music
"...3) I Dream a World (Conspirare)..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Michael Kellerman

Another Round of Praise
Nominations for the 2007-2008 Austin Critics Table Awards
"...I Dream a World, Conspirare..."

May 9, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Long Center: Who's playing
Austin's new performing-arts center releases the performance schedule for its first few months
"...the ballet of Don Quixote by Ballet Austin, and Conspirare singing the Verdi Requiem, Dell Hall will feature everything..."

Jan. 11, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Shostakovich 100 Schedule
"...Russian Winter Conspirare presents soprano Melissa Givens and pianist Melissa Marse in..."

Dec. 30, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

One / the body's grace / Carmina Burana
Ballet Austin's bill of 'One / the body's grace' and 'Carmina Burana' provided a living spectacle of sound and motion that evoked the pleasure in what it means to be human
"...Ballet Austin in magnificent collaboration with Craig Hella Johnson's Conspirare choir and the Austin Symphony Orchestra under the direction..."

Oct. 7, 2005 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

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