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Fusebox Big Sing
Grammy-nominated choral organization Conspirare presents a Fusebox version of its popular, free community event BIG SING where the audience is the choir. Conspirare’s acclaimed artistic director and 2013-14 Texas State Musician Craig Hella Johnson will lead the audience in singing a variety of music, including selections to commemorate the Fusebox Festival’s tenth anniversary.
“[The Big Sing] has the emotional richness of singing in public but without the pressure of performance … the unrestrained joy of singing for yourself but with the unique pleasure of singing with others … [It’s like] a massage with melodies.” – Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
How the BIG SING works Johnson conducts the audience in vocal warm-ups and short, melodic songs that can be easily learned. As musical hosts, Conspirare Symphonic Choir members sit among the audience to sing along and provide musical support and encouragement during the hour-long event. Lyrics are provided.
Musical selections at Big Sings range from popular rounds, spirituals, and Beatles songs to the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and popular 20th century standards from the Great American Songbook. Johnson hand-picks songs for each Big Sing to delight, thrill, and sometimes challenge the singing audience, always with remarkably beautiful and inspirational results. The Fusebox Big Sing will feature special selections to mark the Fusebox Festival’s tenth anniversary season.
The Big Sing is open to everyone, regardless of musical training and experience. Through a fun, no-pressure group singing experience, audience members learn basic vocal technique and sing as one with hundreds of others.