a World Premiere from Robert Kyr
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Meet the Artists
Meet our Featured Ambassador
My first Conspirare concert was about 15 years ago, the year I met my partner, Bud. It was a Christmas concert at the Carillon. I remember how the music filled the space. It was like the walls, statues and roof were all singing. Music provides hope and buoyancy to life and that is why we attend nearly every concert and why I volunteer for Conspirare.
I don’t consider myself a very social person, but when I find a cause or a passion, I am all in. Being an ambassador fulfills the need to give in a different way than offering financial assistance. Giving from the wallet is necessary but giving from the heart is what is triggered when becoming a volunteer. I am in business sales as a profession so I enjoy making Thank You calls to donors and engaging with other ambassadors.
I am grateful for the work and passion of Craig, the singers, and the staff that makes Conspirare possible.
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Joel Brauer: Inspiring a Legacy of Inspiration, Unity and Abiding Love Through Music
Joel Brauer enriched and blessed the lives of those who knew him. As a fifth-generation pastor, Joel Brauer followed the family calling with a ministry that focused on compassion, forgiveness, and love. When Joel passed away recently, his family created a fund in his honor to enable Conspirare to create new choral works that reflect the values they share. In this way, they hope his legacy of acceptance, love, and community continues through new choral works that express the beauty and potential of our world.
One of Mary’s favorite memories of her brother was the summer of 1970 when she toured Europe singing with the St. Olaf Choir and Joel, a post graduate student at Cambridge, was able to come along. He attended every concert, “persuading” her to press his sport coat each evening and providing nightly unsolicited performance critiques.
“Joel believed in the power of music to move people,” Mary recalls. “He particularly understood the potential of combining text with music as transformative in nature. Choral music brings Joel’s memory to life for me.”
A favorite memory Mary Delk and Sarah Brauer, Joel’s daughter, share is when he visited Austin in 2016 to see Sarah sing in Conspirare’s world premiere of Considering Matthew Shepard.
Sarah recalls of her father: “He was a good listener. I’d tell him about the spiritual discoveries I was having as I sang that work,” she says. Once he told her: “Singing is your ministry. What you’re preaching through your voice is love.”
“Joel was vibrant and fully engaged in the presence of another,” Mary adds, “and he had a deep appreciation of beauty.” Audiences will benefit greatly from the new music that Conspirare will bring to life thanks to Joel’s family’s thoughtful generosity.
A Few of Joel Brauer’s Favorite Things:
- Golf with close friends (though he fought with his clubs weekly)
- Family gatherings (especially meals)
- Books (poetry and history especially)
- All things British (Anglican cathedrals, hiking in the Lake District, Helen Mirren)
- Conspirare’s recording of “Sure on This Shining Night”
Friends and Foundations
Anonymous • Marvin J. Brittman • Fran & Larry Collmann • Danna & Crutch Crutchfield • Lynne Dobson & Greg Wooldridge • William Fivecoat • Lara & Robert Harlan • Richard Hartgrove & Gary Cooper • Tina & Dale Knobel • Gail & Jeffrey Kodosky • Wendi & Brian Kushner • Gayle & Mike Roche • Eva & Marvin Womack Foundation
Conspirare is funded and supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, Texas Commission on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts.