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Conspirare, inspired by the belief in music's power to change lives, seeks to draw everyone into the embrace of music by producing world-class choral/orchestral performances, by exploring avenues of music innovation and education, and by engaging new and diverse audiences in extraordinary musical and educational experiences.
Now in its 17th performance season, Conspirare combines outstanding vocal artistry with innovative programming to create a unique and dynamic choral art. Under the leadership of Founder and Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare is comprised of three performing ensembles: a professional chamber choir of singers from around the country that is presented in an annual concert series in Austin and other central Texas cities and tours internationally; a symphonic choir of both professional and volunteer singers that presents at least one large choral/orchestral work annually; and the Conspirare Youth Choirs, a program for young singers, ages 9-16. In 2004, Conspirare produced its first professional, commercial recording, "through the green fuse." A second CD, "Requiem," was released in 2006 and received two 2007 Grammy Award nominations (Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical). A new recording, "Threshold of Night," has been released and is Conspirare's inaugural offering on the prestigious Harmonia Mundi label. Conspirare has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and continues to receive rave reviews and national acclaim. In 2005 the organization received the "Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence," presented by Chorus America. In 2007, as one of only seven choruses in the country to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for an "American Masterpieces Festival," Conspirare presented "Crossing the Divide: Exploring Influence and Finding Our Voice." The four-day festival featured a distinguished gathering of composers and conductors, performances of three world premieres, and a gala closing concert with a choir of 600 singers. In the summer of 2008, Conspirare performed at the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music - the only choir from the United States to be invited to join choral ensembles from around the world for the eight-day festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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