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Conspirare brings Grammy-winning choral performance to Texas State

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Jayme Blaschke | January 23, 2020

group members of conspirare

Grammy Award-winning choral ensemble Conspirare will make its Texas State University debut with a concert on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium.

Conspirare and conductor Craig Hella Johnson, professor of practice in the Texas State Choral Department, are nominated for a 2020 Grammy in the Best Choral Performance category for the album The Hope of Loving.  

Johnson and Conspirare will weave an inspired evening of music selected from repertoire and recent works. The evening will also feature solo performances by distinguished vocal artists from the ensemble.

Established in Austin in 1991, Conspirare is an internationally recognized choir with a reputation for “expanding the boundaries of choral performance” (Wall Street Journal). Conspirare, which translates from Latin as “to breathe together,” is led by Johnson and is comprised of soloists from around the country. Conspirare’s extensive discography includes 11 releases on the Harmonia Mundi label and an annual live recording of Conspirare Christmas. The 2014 album The Sacred Spirit of Russia won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance. 

Conspirare’s ambitious mission is to engage the power of music to change lives. Through its artistic excellence, creative programming, commissioning and educational endeavors, the organization has established itself as an agent of change and a bedrock of the Texas arts community and beyond.

Admission is free for Texas State students, faculty and staff. Admission for the general public is $15. Tickets may be reserved at Parking is available in the Pleasant Street Parking Garage. 

Craig Hella Johnson conducts Conspirare in this 2016 presentation of an arrangement by Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970) of text and music by J.K. Alwood (1828-1909). Mercury Hall, Austin, TX, 2015. Drew Xanthopoulos, Video Director/DP. Jet Jaguar and Stinson Studios, Sound.

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922