When I worked over at Waterloo Records, I always wondered why the store never hosted a classical in-store performance. (The simple answer: you have to pay to play, and classical ensembles don’t usually have that kind of promotional subsidy.)
But Russell McCullogh, who maintains the classical section of Waterloo, called to let me know about the store’s first ever classical in-store appearance happening Sunday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. (tomorrow.) It’s a signing by Conspirare artistic director Craig Hella Johnson and composer Tarik O’Regan, whose work Conspirare performs for its first album for Harmonia Mundi, Threshold of Night.
The label is releasing the album as a super audio CD (SACD), so the regular price is going to be mucho expensive. It will, however, be on sale for the first few weeks of its release. Tuesday is the official release date, but Waterloo gets the album early for the in-store signing.
Austin-based Conspirare has garnered a lot of acclaim since its inception in 1991. The ensemble’s second album, Requiem, was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2007.