HOW LITTLE YOU ARE World Premiere by Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall
$36.00 - $45.00

Presented in partnership with Conspirare, Austin Classical Guitar, and KMFA with support from Michael and Carol Fields, and Steve and Rebecca Guengerich. Support for the commissioning of “How Little You Are” by Nico Muhly was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

How Little You Are
For voices and guitars
Nico Muhly, composer
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor


Craig Hella Johnson and Company of Voices

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
John Dearman | Matthew Greif | William Kanengiser | Scott Tennant

Dublin Guitar Quartet
Brian Bolger | Pat Brunnock | Redmond O’Toole | Tomas O’Durcain

Texas Guitar Quartet
Isaac Bustos | Jonathan Dotson | Alejandro Montiel | Joseph Williams II

World Premiere

Texas Performing Arts is proud to present two of Austin’s most prominent arts organizations, Conspirare and Austin Classical Guitar, in an unprecedented performance collaboration of new work by Nico Muhly. This world premiere performance, written for voices and guitars, will be conducted by Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare’s artistic director, and will feature three world-class guitar quartets engaged by Matthew Hinsley, executive director of Austin Classical Guitar. The program will also include performances with the Conspirare Youth Choir and Austin Classical Guitar Youth Orchestra.

Nico Muhly has been described as “a leading light of contemporary classical music,” and is one of the most sought-after young composers in the new music world today. In this new work, How Little You Are, he uses music and text to capture the sense of hope, fear, and loneliness that defined the experience of Texas’ original settlers as they pursued the promise of a better life.

All composers draw upon various musical styles. Very few are completely original. The challenge is to fashion the diverse influences into a distinctive voice. It is hard to describe what makes a composer’s voice authentic. But you know it when you hear it. Nico Muhly has a voice, a Muhly sound, and it came through.” – The New York Times

“Few experiences in this world can equal the exquisite pleasure of hearing an impeccable chorus performing first-rate music in an ideal acoustical setting, under gifted leadership. [Conspirare is] probably the nation’s best chorus.” – San Antonio Express-News

“The Dublin Guitar Quartet have no frontiers when it comes to blazing a trail for contemporary music.” – Sunday Business Post (Ireland)

“One of the finest guitar quartets in the world…If you haven’t heard a classical guitar quartet before, the Los Angeles String Quartet won’t just show you what you’ve been missing – they’ll blow you away.” – Guitar Player

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