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Conspirare Christmas Concert to feature special guests

By Camille Doty
Nov. 27, 2011 at 5:27 a.m.

Mela Dailey, is an Austin-based soprano, who has won competitions sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, Metropolitan Opera, New York University, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Downbeat Magazine, and Connecticut Opera Guild,. On Thursday, she will perform during the Conspirare Christmas Concert with the Victoria Bach Festival.

IF you go:

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 407 N. Bridge St., Victoria

HOW MUCH: $40 adults, $30 seniors, $20 students

FOR MORE INFO OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Call 361-570-5788 or visit victoriabachfestival.org.

The seventh annual Conspirare Christmas Concert with Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices will feature percussionist Tom Burritt, as well as special guests Mela Dailey and Matt Alber.

The five-time Grammy-nominated choral ensemble Conspirare will be at the First United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Some Victoria Bach Festival organizers said they want the holiday concert to bring in a spirit of peace and hope.

"It's very gratifying to present a program that is so meaningful to so many people, said Nina Di Leo, executive director.

Dailey and Alber have performed in Victoria in previous years. Dailey is an Austin-based soprano.

Some of her accolades include being the winner of competitions sponsored by National Federation of Music Clubs, New York University, Gerda Lissner Foundation, and Downbeat Magazine.

Alber has won two Grammy awards. The Seattle-based singer/songwriter is a classically trained vocalist.

Most recently, he is celebrating the release of his second full-length album entitled "Constant Crows."

Di Leo said the one-night concert is inspirational.

"It's always a surprise and compelling mix of genres of music," she said.

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