Just got back from the final concert of the 2011-2012 Conspirare season. They sang Handel’s wonderful Dixit Dominus and Arvo Pärt’s incredible, sublime Berliner Messe. I am undone.
At the end of the Pärt, Hella-Johnson cut off the choir and 40 piece string orchestra and let the silence speak for nearly 30 seconds before dropping his hands. It was one of those you-had-to-be-there moments that I won’t ever forget.
Conspirare reminds me of what Chamber Singers would be with 30-40 year old voices and several years of singing together. And if you know me, you know how much I love Chamber Singers. So I’m not foolin’ around with the compliment. Conspirare is exquisite.