• Members of the Southwestern Chorale. Photo by Carlos Barron '10

There’s simply so much creativity flowing out of these musicians.”

Artistic Director Trevor Shaw praises the talent of fellow members in the critically-acclaimed choral group, Inversion Ensemble. As part of the 2019-2020 Sarofim Music Series, this group of musicians will take the stage at Southwestern University’s Alma Thomas Theater on Tuesday, October 22 for a collaborative performance with the Southwestern Chorale.

Formed in 2016, Inversion Ensemble is a collective of Austin-based composers and singers with a mission to foster and feature inventive new vocal works. Much of their repertoire is written by musicians among the group, and within 3 years they have produced over 50 world premieres exploring a wide array of performance styles and techniques. They were recently honored with a 2018-2019 Austin Critics’ Table nomination for Best Concert and 3 nominations for Original Composition in recognition of their powerful program, I, Too, Sing America.

Shaw says that while Inversion Ensemble’s programs typically revolve around a theme, their concert at Southwestern will comprise the ensemble’s “greatest hits,” offering the audience “an excellent cross section of our overall repertoire.” He is excited for the opportunity to revisit these standout pieces, including traditionally beautiful choral works as well as “unusual sounds that explore the fullness of the human voice.”

Featured in the program is Carlos Cordero’s Nada de Turbe, a 2018-2019 nominee for Austin Critics’ Table Best Original Composition. This piece was composed to the text of a prayer as a unifying response to the turbulence in the U.S., Venezuela, and around the world in 2017. Other original works include Wren, written by Southwestern flute professor Adrienne Inglis; The sea is awash with roses by member Robbie LaBanca; and Requiem by Joshua Clausen, composed in honor of the victims of American mass shootings, whose numbers are signified by each musical note and its volume. The Southwestern Chorale will perform works by living composers Williametta Spencer and Oscar Galián to round out the program.

Shaw finds great joy in the challenge of premiering works with fellow musicians, the trust they share and the risks they take together to create something new and special. He hopes audiences will find great joy their music, as well. Don’t miss Inversion Ensemble’s unique performance of new, locally-composed works accompanied by the Southwestern Chorale, happening one night only at the Sarofim School of Fine Arts. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. Southwestern University’s Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, E. Rutersville Rd, Georgetown, Texas 78626.

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