SoundSpace is a hybrid arts series which features simultaneous, interdisciplinary performances, installations, and happenings throughout the Blanton's galleries. September’s installation plays out amongst the exhibit Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day.
Panoramic Voices is singing “A Room and A Field” by R. Eric McMaster, and is proud to present the premiere of “mythos” by teenage composer Mack Felix Hoxie.
𝓂𝓎𝓉𝒽ℴ𝓈 dives into the intricate threads that make up a legend passed down through a culture. This choral work conveys the hints of an absolute reality, the awe of a powerful legend, and the inexplicable connection a culture has concerning these legends.
We are proud to collaborate with the Austin Chamber Music Center in their 11th annual Pride Concert. This performance features vocal works by a wide variety of LGBTQ composers. The event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Clavier-Werke School of Music.
Conductor Brent Baldwin leads Panoramic Voices in works by Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, Stephin Merritt, and Aaron Copland. Liz Cass, mezzo-soprano, is joined by pianist Jim James in art songs by Judith Weir and Ned Rorem as well as a selection of songs by local composers Russell Reed and Graham Yates. Soprano Katrina Saporsantos performs the Texas premiere of Robin Estrada’s “Duayya.”
In Bloom is an immersive sound installation that allows audiences to examine our relationship with the natural world and question traditionally conceived ideas of control. The audience is invited to experience the blooming of several flowers as a spatial experience instead of a temporal one. Improvising musicians are spread out along a circular path in small groups, each group representing a progressive stage in the blooming of the flower. The audience is given the choice as to how fast they move through the installation, what direction they move through it, and at what points they choose to start and stop, allowing each individual to control how they view each event.
In Bloom is a collaboration between the students of Austin Soundwaves, Panoramic Voices, composer James W. Parker and author Paola Caballero Daza. Support the next generation of musicians as we showcase the power of local talent and share in their inspiration. The event is part of Umlauf’s Family Day and is free and open to the public.
The 4th collaboration between Panoramic Voices’ singers and orchestra in which rock, pop, country, rap, and other musicians from the community and beyond are showcased. Year after year, this collaboration proves that musicians across genres shine when they bring their styles and talents together. Presented by KUTX, this concert features:
Again this year, ION is a benefit for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, with a portion of ticket sales supporting HAAM's work providing access to affordable health care for Austins low-income, working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.
Hosted by the Blanton Museum of Art, Beat the Rush is a series of free gallery concerts in which musicians perform in response to the paintings, drawings, and sculptures on display. In December, Panoramic Voices with The Invincible Czars returns, with special guests for a rocking holiday extravaganza!
Choral/orchestral music with rich poetry, as cast through the musical lenses of Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Corigliano, Randall Thompson, and Dana Falconberry. These selections represents some of Brent Baldwin's musical favorites in celebration of his 10 years as Artistic Director. A portion of the proceeds from the performance benefits the SIMS foundation.
New Music Co-op (NMC) is excited to present their first ever concert in a quintessential format: the string orchestra. Smaller chamber ensembles, such as string quartet, are often the "practical" choice for composers. However, if you can rally the forces, there is undeniable power in the dynamic and textural potential of a large group of string players. The co-op has been working tirelessly to bring this crowd of performers together and write pieces that do justice to the ensemble format.
Long time co-op member Brent Baldwin conducts the ensemble and also contributes a piece to the program featuring guest chorus Panoramic Voices. The centerpiece of the program is Arvo Pärt's "Fratres" -- a classic work of late 20th century music minimalism, without the usual trappings of unflagging pulse. Like many of the composer's works, "Fratres" is a sublime and spiritual piece that seems to come from another time.
Peter Bay, conductor of the Austin Symphony, fulfills a lifelong dream of connecting Austin's dynamic arts organizations with a community celebration of two fully-staged performances of Bernstein's MASS on June 29 & 30, 2018
With over 250 singers and dancers sharing the stage, MASS will feature The Austin Symphony, Grammy Award-winner Conspirare, Chorus Austin, Panoramic Voices, The Austin Children's Choir, Chisholm Trail Middle School (Round Rock ISD), the African Children's Choir, and many other nationally known artists. It will be a unique gathering of Austin's cherished arts groups collaborating on Bernstein's greatest work about hope and finding faith.
Panoramic Voices hosts the third annual Indie Orchestra Night, a collaborative concert experience joining a 100-voice choir, orchestra, and several Austin bands in an unforgettable evening of music and food for an only in Austin experience, presented by KUTX.
This year, ION is a benefit for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Guest artists for ION 2018 include Big Bill, Calliope Musicals, Dustin Welch (and friends), Moving Panoramas, Nakia and Star Parks.
Beat the Rush is a series of free gallery concerts in which musicians perform in response to the paintings, drawings, and sculptures on display. This month, Panoramic Voices with The Invincible Czars returns, with special guests Nakia, Andy Bianculli (of Star Parks) and Leslie Sisson (of Moving Panoramas) for a rocking holiday extravaganza!
Beat the Rush is a performance series that features live music inspired by visual art on view.
Curated by Brent Baldwin, director of Panoramic Voices, The Normans featuring Panoramic Voices, presented the music of Bauhaus & Love and Rockets, inspired by the museum’s exhibition, “Dancing with Death.”
The Blanton presents a compelling and timely new installation of SoundSpace, our acclaimed music series. SoundSpace: Refugees features works written by, performed by, or depicting the experience of refugees. These performances occur throughout the museum in galleries featuring art that touch on refugee themes. This program is included with museum admission.
SoundSpace is organized for the Blanton by Artistic Director Steve Parker, who notes “Music and art cross national boundaries all the time. These creative works by refugees and about refugees’ stories can help reframe our ongoing public conversation about the role of immigrants and refugees in our daily lives.”
The program also includes the world premiere of a new work by Brent Baldwin, featuring Panoramic Voices, Nakia (from Season 1 of The Voice), and dancers Hassan Christopher and Alexa Capareda.
For this installment of Beat the Rush, Panoramic Voices premieres a new choral work by composer Travis Weller, to be conducted by Artistic Director Brent Baldwin. The music features 40 singers with performers line upon line and members of the New Music Co-OP. To be held in the Blanton's atrium, the concert enables audience members to move and experience the music from multiple perspectives and truly explore how "the world must be strange in other ways."
For the third year in a row, Panoramic Voices teams up with The Invincible Czars to perform an eclectic mix of popular holiday songs and rock 'n' roll tunes from Sufjan Stevens to Nick Cave to an adaptation from Dr. Seuss.
This free community event is hosted by the Blanton Museum of Art's Beat the Rush concert series. Come early for a Big Sing with our friends at Conspirare and rock the night away with Panoramic Voices!
This vocal-infused double bill features Grammy Award(R)-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth and an encore performance of Mozart Requiem Undead performed by Panoramic Voices (formerly the Texas Choral Consort and Orchestra) along with Austin-based vocal ensemble Convergence. Roomful of Teeth is dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Formed in 2009, The New York Times calls the eight-voice ensemble "sensually stunning." In 2014, TPA and partners Golden Hornet Project and Fusebox Festival presented Mozart Requiem Undead to open the Fusebox Festival at the French Legation Museum. Ten unique composers were each commissioned to rework a movement of Mozart's Requiem Mass. The only catch is that the composers had to keep the vocal parts as originally written by Mozart.
BAT/MAN, is an experimental musical work for an ensemble of bats and humans, to be performed near the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat colony at Congress Bridge. Led by Steve Parker, the project pitch shifts bat calls in real time so they could be discernible to the human ear, and allow the roving audience to accompany the calls with echo-location devices, to be accompanied by conch shell ensemble, a megaphone choir, and a funnel horn/garden hose band. Texas Choral Consort is the featured ensemble in this performance.
In the kind of collaboration that could only take place in Austin, Texas Choral Consort and Orchestra partners with famed rock musicians to re-imagine indie repertoire - obliterating the line between a symphony concert and a truly rock-and-roll experience - in the second installment of its Indie Orchestra Night.
Last year's ION concert was nominated as one of the top concerts of 2015 in the Austin Critics' Table Awards. This year, ION co-creators Nathan Felix and Brent Baldwin have assembled a fantastic roster of artists, including Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.), Quiet Company, The Riverboat Gamblers, Tinnarose, Carson McHone, Danny Malone and Phil Ajjarapu.
TCC presents a world-premiere performance of Russell Reed’s Entre la Noche, a trilogy for chorus and orchestra based on poems by San Juan de la Cruz. The concert also includes Ralph Vaughan Williams’ epic call to peace Dona Nobis Pacem, and Out of the Silence by William Grant Still.
TCC presents a world-premiere by critically acclaimed indie-rocker-cum-classical-wunderkind, Nathan Felix. This program also features choral/orchestral collaborative performances by Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater, Dana Falconberry, rapper Zeale and the Rocket Boys.
TCC teams up with symphonic rockers the Invincible Czars with electric renditions of pieces from the Nutcracker, a Charlie Brown Christmas, White Christmas and many other amped-up classics. Rock and roll sing-a-longs, beer, and good cheer – what else could one ask for in a raucous holiday romp? This concert is a benefit for the SIMS Foundation.
TCC presents arrangements from Beck Hanson’s sheet music album “Song Reader” in a unique collaboration with the award-winning vocal ensemble Convergence and indie power pop outfit, The Normans. This installment of the Blanton’s Beat the Rush concert series is the first part of a choral double-header to be followed by Grammy-nominated Conspirare's Big Sing.
TCC is thrilled to announce the world premiere of a brand new work by Central Texas-based composer Dan Welcher. This new work is composed specifically to be performed in conjunction with Haydn’s The Creation, and expands on the themes and ideas in the oratorio.
Texas Choral Consort collaborates with the Golden Hornet Project to reanimate Mozart's legendarily unfinished Requiem in D minor and premiere this work, Mozart Requiem Undead, on April 16, 2014. TCC's Artistic Director Brent Baldwin and GHP directors Peter Stopchinski and Graham Reynolds spearhead the performance which features movements contributed by genre-defying composers from around the world. This concert is produced in conjunction with Fusebox Festival and Texas Performing Arts and is to be presented in an outdoor venue. Free to all attendees.
Our December holiday concert The Sounding Joy is an amalgamation of both traditional and less well-known seasonal music, including festive holiday works for brass — including the fan-favorite Rutter Gloria — plus a premiere of a new work by Russell Reed, the final section of the trilogy TCC has been premiering in pieces since 2011. Other pieces include Paulus We Sing Thy Birth, O’Regan Threshold of Light, and Dawson Mary Had a Baby and Behold the Star.
This September’s concert is an exciting new event: a collaboration with the Westlake High School Orchestra. The concert features Vivaldi's Magnificat, Eric Whitacre's evocative Cloudburst, a brand new work by Graham Reynolds, and much more.
On the heels of an Austin Critics Table Award nomination for our February 2013 concert, Texas Choral Consort brings Brahms’ German Requiem in full force to Central Texas audiences. This masterwork by one of the titans of classical music opens TCC’s 17th season with two performances August 17 and 18. The more than 150 voices of the TCC chorus is joined by soloists David Small, baritone, and Suzanne Ramo, soprano, and accompanied by the TCC orchestra. The concert also features the premiere of a new movement from the upcoming Mozart Requiem Undead project by none other than Caroline Shaw, the 2013 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
With February’s concert, we mark and celebrate the five years that Artistic Director Brent Baldwin has held the baton for TCC, boldly leading us to new frontiers in choral music. The title Once Below A Time is taken from a Dylan Thomas poem, and this concert features works in which great poetry converges with exquisite music. Timeless poems by Octavio Paz, Dylan Thomas, and George Herbert in choral settings by Eric Whitacre, John Corigliano, Aaron Copland, and Ralph Vaughn Williams forms the core of the evening’s program. The program also includes a world premiere by Graham Reynolds: the Confutatis movement from next year’s Mozart Undead Requiem project. Joining the TCC singers are guest artists David Small, Baritone, and Laura Mercado-Wright, Mezzo-Soprano.