Marking its 20th season this year, Panoramic Voices brings an eclectic musical experience to the Austin community and beyond. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Brent Baldwin, Panoramic Voices’ resourceful mix of classical and contemporary music is presented in compelling, heartfelt, and engaging concerts. As a reflection of its model of enduring innovation and evolution, the organization’s name was changed from Texas Choral Consort to Panoramic Voices in July 2016 to reflect its expanded artistic vision.
As Texas Choral Consort, the ensemble received the Best Choral Performance award from the Austin Critics’ Table for the first performance of Mozart Requiem Undead in April 2014. More Austin Critics’ Table nominations arrived in 2015 and 2016 — listing 2015’s Haydn’s Creation and Indie Orchestra Night concerts, as well as 2016’s Fusebox Festival collaboration “Bat/Man.”
Past performances have presented a wide range of composers and genres — from timeless classics like the Brahms Requiem and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem to adventurous repertoire such as John Cage’s Four2 and Cornelius Cardew’s seven-hour epic The Great Learning. Panoramic Voices invited vocal artists Convergence to join them for a rousing rendition of alt-rock star Beck’s Song Reader at the Blanton Museum of Art in 2014. Two “Indie Orchestra Night” concerts have paired the Panoramic Voices chorus and orchestra together with rock, country and hip-hop artists as varied as Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, R.E.M.), The Riverboat Gamblers, Shearwater, Dana Falconberry, Zeale, and Quiet Company. Panoramic Voices’ holiday concerts unite the singers with The Invincible Czars, famous for their rock version of The Nutcracker Suite. More traditional works are not neglected, however, as the group maintains a strong connection to the classical roots originally planted by TCC founder Barry Scott Williamson; when Panoramic Voices performs a world premiere from Texas-based composer Joel Love in 2017, it will be featured alongside Bach’s Mass in B Minor.
In addition to performing modern and innovative compositions, Panoramic Voices regularly commissions and premieres new works, including pieces by Austin composers Donald Grantham, Steve Parker, Russell Reed, Graham Reynolds, Peter Stopschinski, and Dan Welcher. Nationally known composers have also collaborated with Panoramic Voices; among them are Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg, and 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw.
Panoramic Voices has also brought its singular style of musical performances to audiences outside the United States; from 2002 through 2011, the chorus had concerts in Germany, Austria, Wales, Argentina, and Uruguay. In July 2016, Panoramic Voices singers toured Rome, Pisa, and Venice, Italy.