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Hear Me Out: Part One

10.07.22 at 8:00pm

University Presbyterian
2203 San Antonio St.
Austin, TX 78705

Hear Me Out: Part Two

10.08.22 at 8:00pm

University Presbyterian
2203 San Antonio St.
Austin, TX 78705

Conspirare and the Miró Quartet come together to invoke music’s restorative power, commissioning 15 diverse composers across North America to create works for voices and string quartet that respond to our time and the stresses in it. Featuring world premieres from Alex Berko, Abbie Betinis, Christopher Cerrone, Saunder Choi, Carlos Cordero, Eliza Gilkyson, Jocelyn Hagen, Ted Hearne, Craig Hella Johnson, Shara Nova, Gabriela Ortiz, Graham Reynolds, Michael Schachter, Derrick Skye, Dale Trumbore, and Dorothy Walters.

This response to our times originated with a look back two centuries – at the life and work of Ludwig van Beethoven.  Composers responded to Beethoven’s music, to Beethoven himself, or set Beethoven aside and responded to the times we’re all living through. Craig Hella Johnson encouraged composers to “Write what you need to write right now, write from the soil of you.” Musical selections will also include movements from Beethoven’s late string quartets.

The world premieres will be presented over two evenings– attend both and save 25% on tickets!

Stay tuned for information on opportunities to connect with the composers in special events.

Ticket prices:

Hella Circle: $15 – $60    Learn more about Hella Circle.

General Public: $30 – $75

Conspirare’s music is for everybody. $10 Student tickets are always available. Anyone serving our community (such as but not limited to teachers, military, and service industry pros) or with a limited income can order tickets at half off with the code WELOVEYOU.

Conspirare Thanks Concert Sponsors Tina and Dale Knobel, DeeAnne and Steven Paulson, Anonymous, and The Eva and Marvin Womack Foundation.

Hear Me Out is also supported in part by an Arts Projects Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

List of World Premieres

You Through Me – Alex Berko

What is death – Abbie Betinis

Wind Phone, Goleta, CA, April 2022 – Christopher Cerrone

Sometimes We Talk Past Each Other – Saunder Choi

HOW CAN YOU – Carlos Cordero

Sunflowers – Eliza Gilkyson & Craig Hella Johnson

To Be Known – Jocelyn Hagen

In the Language of Truth – Ted Hearne

Stay With Me – Shara Nova

Tierra – Gaby Ortiz

Veronika – Graham Reynolds

O Vorsehung – Michael Schachter

Black Ocean – Derrick Skye

The Opposites Game – Dale Trumbore


Pre-Concert Talks

Composition Forum with Ted Hearne, Shara Nova & Ted Hearne
3:00-4:30pm, Friday, October 7

Conspirare Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson and Composers Shara Nova and Ted Hearne will join Dr. Yevgeniy Sharlat in lively conversation about Hear Me Out in which Shara Nova and Ted Hearne will have music premiered.  Topics will include the creative process, the post-genre environment in music, its relationship to old and traditional music, and how composers can position themselves in this industry. This discussion is offered as part of the Butler School of Music’s Composition Forum.

Location: Butler School of Music at 2406 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, Room MRH 2.614. Parking info: https://music.utexas.edu/about/directions-parking
This event is free and open to the public.  Co-presented by the University of Texas Butler School of Music and Department of Composition

Listening and the Human Journey (October 7 & 8 at 7:00pm)

Carla McElhaney and our Hear Me Out artists explore the significance of art, music, and listening as paths to wholeness on the human journey. Topics include the four “listening selves,” calls to expansion and transformation, and the gifts we encounter when engaging deeply with music and one another. Each night will feature conversation with the composers and artists.


Carla McElhaney engages communities in arts projects and programs that cultivate connection, deepen self-knowledge, and expand creativity through music. An award-winning pianist, her playing has been recognized by the Austin Critics’ Table, praised by the Austin-American Statesman as exhibiting “infectious enthusiasm,” commended by the Austin Chronicle as delivering “an exciting mix of focus and passion,” and described in the Chronicle’s 2019 “A Guide to Classical Music” as “absorbing and exhilarating.” An advocate for new music, McElhaney can be heard on several recordings featuring the music of living composers, including an upcoming release of Stephen Barber’s 12 Nebulae for Solo Piano, and Conspirare’s 2020 GRAMMY-nominated album, The Hope of Loving: Choral Music of Jake Runestad.

As co-founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Revel from 2009-2020, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing our appreciation of classical music as a living and ever-expanding art form, McElhaney produced and performed in over one hundred themed concerts, six summer festivals, and three recording projects in collaboration with leading musicians, poets, writers, and visual artists across Texas and New Mexico. She has appeared in concert with Austin Saxophone Ensemble, Mid-Texas Symphony, NYC-based F.R.E.D. Chamber Players, The American Repertory Ensemble, Chorus Austin, and more, and has been a featured guest on series including Albuquerque’s Chatter, the Blanco Performing Arts Series, the Krotona Institute in Ojai, Beerthoven, and the Credomatic Music Festival in Costa Rica. McElhaney is featured as the host of KMFA Classical 89.5’s Night Music and was KMFA’s inaugural Director of Creative Learning and Artistic Director of the Draylen Mason Music Studio.

McElhaney earned degrees in piano performance from Eastman School of Music (BM) and The University of Texas at Austin (MM, DMA). A dedicated teacher, she has served on the faculties of The University of Texas at Austin and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio, and has taught piano for more than two decades.  McElhaney currently teaches at Studio A in East Austin and has a been a faculty member at Texas Lutheran University since 2009, engaging students in a music appreciation course emphasizing self-discovery and cross-cultural understanding.


Hear Me Out A Creative Act for Our Time

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