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The Singing Guitar: How Little You Are

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Join Conspirare, The Los Angeles, Texas, and Austin Guitar Quartets for this exciting season opener! Nico Muhly’s musical meditation How Little You Are takes center stage for an encore performance of this major work. Muhly poignantly sets texts of 19th Century pioneer women from Texas & Wyoming for choir and 12 guitars. This concert will become Conspirare’s next recording!

The program also includes the world premiere of a setting from Native American advocate and author Sarah Winnemucca’s Life Among the Piutes by Kile Smith and a new arrangement of Reena Esmail’s “For the Violin,” arranged for choir and guitars. With cellist Doug Harvey.

From Austin American Statesman critic Luke Quinton following the 2015 premiere of How Little You Are: “It’s a strong, moving work, a richly detailed piece of art that takes worthy stories from the West and makes them into something more than the sum of their parts, piecing just tiny fragments of these women’s lives together in a buzzing, humming vibrating piece of music that manages to move you not just intellectually, but emotionally.”