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Conspirare Joins the ASO for an Evening of Choral Masterworks

April 10, 2012
  • Who: Conspirare with the Austin Symphony
  • When: Friday & Saturday, May 4 & 5, 2012
  • Where: Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • Cost: $19-$48

The Austin Symphony continues its celebrated centennial season in collaboration with Austin’s own Grammy-nominated choral ensemble Conspirare on May 4 & 5 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Maestro Peter Bay and Conspirare’s Music Director Craig Hella Johnson will share the podium in this spectacular performance featuring Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, and Leonard Bernstein’s demanding, yet elegant Chichester Psalms. These concerts are proudly sponsored by Bank of America.

Bach/Stokowski – Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
Stravinsky – Symphony of Psalms
Bach/Stokowski – Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582
Bernstein – Chichester Psalms

Peter Bay opens the concert with Leopold Stokowski’s 1927 transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, originally written for organ. Although the piece has been transcribed countless times by numerous composers, Stokowski’s interpretation is most favored by a wide audience because of its appearance in the 1940 Walt Disney animated film, Fantasia. Stokowski’s transcription of Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor will also be featured later in the concert. This piece is recognized as one of Bach’s most important and well-known works because of the elaborative amount of creativity it encompasses.

Conspirare will join the Austin Symphony for the performance of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, a work commissioned in 1930 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony. In 2000, this piece was named “best piece of the year” by Time magazine for its grandeur and tranquility. The evening will close with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, a work in which Bernstein rediscovered tonality after his brief involvement in serialism.

Patrons can enjoy the Pre-Concert Talks with Bob Buckalew at 7:10 p.m. on the orchestra level of Dell Hall.

Tickets for Conspirare with the Austin Symphony start at $19. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID. Charge tickets online at where you will find seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. Tickets are also available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free).