Saturday, October 14, 2023 | 7:00 pm
GRAMMY-winning choir Conspirare makes their Duke Arts debut as the featured artist of the North Carolina American Choral Directors Association meeting. Lauded for “expanding the boundaries of choral performance” (Wall Street Journal), Conspirare aims to harness the power of music through world-class performances to change lives and engage audiences. The ensemble, based in Austin, Texas, exhibits their “sublime music, superbly sung” repertoire in the rich acoustic of Duke Chapel. (NPR)
Conspirare presents a program of modern music, including Samuel Barber’s arrangement of his Adagio for Strings for choir, set to a text from the Latin Mass. They will also highlight commissioned works by three living composers—Alex Berko’s Sacred Place, an ode to nature in the shape of Jewish liturgy; a song by Shara Nova, lead singer of My Brightest Diamond; and selections from Conspirare director’s Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard, a musical meditation and response to the traumatic death of a young man.
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Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei
Shara Nova: I Have Never Loved Someone
Alex Berko: Sacred Place
Craig Hella Johnson: Considering Matthew Shepard (selections)
"Sacred Place" by Alex Berko
Closing Music for Conspirare Christmas in Uvalde
“Immediate, profound and, at times, overwhelming.”