- Jeanne Claire van Ryzin American-Statesman Staff
Last fall, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts came to Austin for the premiere of his choral piece “To Touch the Sky: Nine Songs for Unaccompanied Chorus on Texts by Women,” performed by Conspriare.
Commissioned especially for Conspirare by American Composers Forum, “To Touch the Sky” is an a cappella piece set to texts by female poets, writers and mystics across the centuries. Among the texts Puts used are quotes from Mother Teresa, a poem by contemporary writer Maria Howe, a line from the writings of Sappho of ancient Greece and a poem by Emily Brontë.
Conspirare recorded its tracks live last fall at concerts at Austin’s St. Martin’s Lutheran Church.
Now, the CD is out on the Harmonia Mundi label. Conspirare’s recording joins the Baltimore Symphony ORchestra’s performance of Puts’ Symphony No. 4 “From Mission San Juan.”
A CD release party is set for 5 p.m. Sept 12 at Waterloo Records, 600 N. Lamar. Conspirare singers Mela Sarajane Dailey, baritone Charles Wesley Evans and Craig Hella Johnson will perform.
The ensemble is also celebrating the release of “One Voice,” a recording of its 2012 Christmas concert.
You can also purchase both CD and listen to a few preview clips at conspirare.org/shop/cds/
Over the years, Conspirare has received five Grammy nominations for its recordings.