In Bloom, a collaboration between Austin Soundwaves, Panoramic Voices, composer James W. Parker and author Paola Caballero Daza, was an immersive sound installation that allowed audiences to examine our relationship with the natural world and question traditionally conceived ideas of control. The audience experienced the blooming of several flowers as a spatial experience instead of a temporal one. Improvising musicians were spread out along a circular path in small groups, each group representing a progressive stage in the blooming of the flower. The audience was 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.
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 featured:
Again this year, ION was 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 returned, 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 represented some of Brent Baldwin's musical favorites in celebration of his 10 years as Artistic Director. A portion of the proceeds from the performance benefited the SIMS foundation.
New Music Co-op (NMC) presented their first ever concert in a quintessential format: the string orchestra. The centerpiece of the program was Arvo Pärt's "Fratres" -- a classic work of late 20th century music minimalism
Long time co-op member Brent Baldwin conducted the ensemble and contribute a piece to the program - Song Without Words, featuring guest chorus Panoramic Voices.
Peter Bay, conductor of the Austin Symphony, fulfilled 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 featured 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 was a unique gathering of Austin's cherished arts groups collaborating on Bernstein's greatest work about hope and finding faith.
Panoramic Voices hosted 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 was a benefit for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Guest artists for ION 2018 included Big Bill, Calliope Musicals, Dustin Welch (and friends), Moving Panoramas, Nakia and Star Parks.
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 presented 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 occured throughout the museum in galleries featuring art that touch on refugee themes.
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 included the world premiere of a new work by Brent Baldwin, featuring Panoramic Voices, Nakia, and dancers Hassan Christopher and Alexa Capareda.
For this installment of Beat the Rush, the Blanton's monthly series of free live music, Panoramic Voices premiered a new choral work by composer Travis Weller and conducted by Artistic Director Brent Baldwin. The music featured performers Line Upon Line and members of the New Music Co-op. Held in the Blanton's atrium, the concert enabled 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 teamed 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 was hosted by the Blanton Museum of Art's Beat the Rush concert series. Early arrivals participated in a Big Sing with our friends at Conspirare and rocked the night away with Panoramic Voices!
This vocal-infused double bill featured 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, an experimental musical work for an ensemble of bats and humans, was performed near the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat colony at Congress Bridge. Led by Steve Parker, the project pitch shifted bat calls in real time so they could be discernible to the human ear, and allowed the roving audience to accompany the calls with echo-location devices, accompanied by conch shell ensemble, a megaphone choir, and a funnel horn/garden hose band. Texas Choral Consort was the featured ensemble in this performance and was nominated for a 2015-2016 Austin Critics Table award for Choral Performance.
In the kind of collaboration that could only take place in Austin, Texas Choral Consort and Orchestra partnered with famed rock musicians to re-imagine indie repertoire. TCC obliterated the line between a symphony concert and a truly rock and roll experience at the second installment of its Indie Orchestra Night.
Last year's I.O.N. concert was nominated as one of the top concerts of 2015 in the Austin Critics' Table Awards. This year, I.O.N. co-creators Nathan Felix and Brent Baldwin put together 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 presented 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 included Ralph Vaughan Williams’ epic call to peace Dona Nobis Pacem, and Out of the Silence by William Grant Still.
TCC presented a world-premiere by critically acclaimed indie-rocker-cum-classical-wunderkind, Nathan Felix. This program also featured choral/orchestral collaborative performances by Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater, Dana Falconberry, rapper Zeale and the Rocket Boys.
TCC teamed 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 was a benefit for the SIMS Foundation
TCC presented 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 was the first part of a choral double-header followed by Grammy-nominated Conspirare's Big Sing.
Haydn's The Creation is unquestionably a favorite and a masterpiece, but something special was added to the program. TCC commissioned a brand new work by Central Texas-based composer Dan Welcher. What's especially exciting is that this new work was composed specifically to be performed in conjunction with The Creation, and expands on the themes and ideas in the oratorio. TCC was thrilled to present its world premiere.
Texas Choral Consort collaborated 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. Spearheaded by TCC's Artistic Director Brent Baldwin and GHP directors Peter Stopchinski and Graham Reynolds, the performance featured movements contributed by genre-defying composers from around the world. Produced in conjunction with Fusebox Festival and Texas Performing Arts, the concert was presented in an outdoor venue and was free for all attendeees.
Our December holiday concert The Sounding Joy was joyous and popular with singers and audience alike. An amalgamation of both traditional and less well-known seasonal music, it included 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 included Paulus We Sing Thy Birth, O’Regan Threshold of Light, and Dawson Mary Had a Baby and Behold the Star.
This September’s concert was an exciting new event: a collaboration with the Westlake High School Orchestra. The concert featured 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 brought Brahms’ German Requiem in full force to Central Texas audiences. This masterwork by one of the titans of classical music opened TCC’s 17th season with two performances August 17 and 18. The more than 150 voices of the TCC chorus were joined by soloists David Small, baritone, and Suzanne Ramo, soprano, and accompanied by the TCC orchestra. As an added treat, the concert featured 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 marked and celebrated 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 was taken from a Dylan Thomas poem, and this concert featured 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 formed the core of the evening’s program. The program also included a world premiere by Graham Reynolds: the Confutatis movement from next year’s Mozart Undead Requiem project. TCC’s singers were joined by guest artists David Small, Baritone; and Laura Mercado-Wright, Mezzo-Soprano.