Thursday’s Pick: Big Sing

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Conspirare members during rehearsal for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Conspirare members during rehearsal for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Conspirare members during rehearsal for Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Austin’s critically acclaimed choral organization Conspirare hosts The Big Sing, an interactive musical event in which the audience is the choir. Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare’s artistic director,  leads attendees in vocal warm-ups and short, easy-to-learn songs. Musical selections range from familiar rounds, spirituals, Beatles songs, and popular tunes from the Great American Songbook. Johnson hand-picks music to delight and sometimes challenge the singing audience.

This free and informal event is open to all individuals, regardless of musical experience. Conspirare Symphonic Choir members will be among the audience to provide support and encouragement.

The Big Sing kicks off at 6:15 p.m., but the Texas Choral Consort will perform in a collaboration with award-winning vocal ensemble Convergence and indie power pop outfit the Normans beforehand at 5:30 p.m.

Admission to the Blanton Museum of Art (200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) is free all evening, and the galleries will be open until 9 p.m.


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