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Conspirare ends a season, sets up another

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Five-time Grammy nominated Austin choir Conspirare has just announced its 2012-2013 season.

On the schedule are several world premieres, including a piece by 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts. Along with the Puts piece, Conspirare plans to record several of its programs for release on the tony Harmonia Mundi label.

Recently the group announced the launch of a $2.2 million major gifts campaign with a $1 million donation from the Austin-based Kodosky Foundation, the largest in Conspirare's history.

Conspirare winds up its current season Saturday with "Brilliant Baroque, Sublime Silences" featuring the music of Handel and Pärt

For the complete roster of 2012-2013 programs and ticket info, see www. conspirare.org.

Signature Conspirare & "Magnificat" premiere, Sept. 27-30. Season opener features Conspirare audience favorites from past years — spirituals, popular songs and classical works — plus the world premiere of "Magnificat" by 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts, an a cappella. "Magnificat" will subsequently be recorded for release on Harmonia Mundi in a pairing with Puts' Fourth Symphony by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Polyfollia Festival and Paris Performance, France, Oct. 30-Nov. 6. Conspirare travels to France as one of 12 invited vocal ensembles from around the world for a week-long appearance at the biennial Polyfollia Festival and a concert in Paris.

Conspirare Christmas, Dec. 6-10. Conspirare's signature holiday concert features Craig Hella Johnson's renowned collage-style programming with soloists Kathlene Ritch, soprano, and Charles Wesley Evans, baritone.

"The Sacred Spirit of Russia," Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2013. Works by the great Romantic composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Grechaninov, prolific choral writer Pavel Chesnokov, and more. The program will subsequently be recorded for release on Harmonia Mundi.

Conspirare Slam Lab, April 27-28, 2013 at ND in Austin. Austin slam poets Lacey Roop, Kevin Burke, and Danny Strack join Johnson and six Conspirare singers for innovative evening of choral music redefined.

"Songs of the Soul," May 31-June 1, 2013. Conspirare and the Victoria Bach Festival string orchestra reprise frequent collaborator Robert Kyr's Songs of the Soul, commissioned by Conspirare. The concert also features the world premiere of new Kyr work "The Cloud of Unknowing," commissioned by Conspirare. Both Kyr pieces will be recorded for release on Harmonia Mundi.

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, June 8-9, 2013. Johnson conducts Conspirare Symphonic Choir, Texas State University singers, and the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus in Beethoven's monumental masterwork — the 20th anniversary season's grand finale.