Conspirare is also performing this concert on May 17th at St. Olaf University.
Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare will pay tribute to the late, great Stephen Paulus (1949-2014) with concerts in Austin, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Alberta, Canada. The program will feature rarely performed mixed chorus works and the five-movement 2007 Conspirare commission Poemas de Amor.
Mr. Paulus was a cherished member of the choral arts community and a mentor and inspiration for choral composers everywhere. He wrote over 400 works for chorus, including 12 operas, and in 1973 co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now known as the American Composers Forum. In 2016 Mr. Paulus was posthumously awarded the Grammy® for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
Collegeville Institute writing workshop facilitator Michael Dennis Browne was a good friend of and collaborator with Stephen Paulus. Michael Dennis Browne has written many texts for music with Paulus, including the libretti for the church opera The Three Hermits, and the post-Holocaust oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn. “The Road Home” by Stephen Paulus (text by Michael Dennis Browne) will be performed by Conspirare at the event.
For more information and to listen to the audio of “The Road Home,” visit Conspirare’s website.