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Conspirare’s “wondernight” Comes to Life!

CLINK was thrilled to have been selected to produce Conspirare’s “wondernight,” the 20th anniversary gala of this very special organization. Not only were we excited to work with such a talented and inspiring group, but it also gave us the opportunity to work at the beautiful, new Zach Topfer Theatre.

Conspirare, a Grammy-nominated chorale ensemble based in Austin, “connects hearts through music.” Their core Chamber Choir consists of professional vocalists – a “dream team of singers” – who come to Austin from all over the country for the concert season. The group also consists of a volunteer Symphonic Choir and gifted Youth Choir. Their inspired mission is to “engage audiences in extraordinary musical experiences through world-class choral performances and recordings.” Needless to say, a 20th anniversary calls for an event to remember! CLINK was tasked with ensuring that the committee stayed on task throughout the planning process, that the extremely creative design was executed to perfection, and that the on-site production was smooth and flawless

The wondernight concept, which was developed by the amazing Sheila – the event’s chairperson, embodied the spirit of Conspirare perfectly: an evening of voice and experience for everyone in attendance. Dining tables were layered with midnight linens and unique lace toppers from Sheila’s personal collection. The tables were topped with floral centerpieces in natural element vases, which seemed to organically grow onto the tables!

And the piece de resistance – the tent – was jaw-dropping. A garland of papers, mylar and fabric was draped on the ceiling and met in the middle with a “chandelier” installation of Edison-style bulbs. The goal of the evening was for the guests to experience magic – from the moment the guests left their vehicles at valet to when they drove away – and magic they got!

Guests were greeted by the spiritual sounds of a drum circle, as singers from Conspirare’s Symphonic Choir welcomed them with personalized messages of gratitude. Guests received glasses of champagne, delectable passed hors d’oeuvres and felt magic all around them, enveloped by music at every turn, from a barbershop quartet to a jazz trio to a cabaret singer.

Guests were invited inside by a trumpet call, and then treated to the sounds of the Conspirare youth choir in the theatre lobby. After that performance, guests headed into the stunning new theatre to receive an unforgettable and moving Conspirare experience, led by the inimitable Craig Hella Johnson.

After the performance, guests were led by the joyful Symphonic Choir into the dinner tent where even more magic awaited them. Hanging over the custom-built center stage was a custom Edison bulb lighting installation that was stunning! Custom-made garlands were draped throughout the tent and provided a creative and cultural effect for the guests.

Guests feasted on a delectable and creative family style menu including Baby Lobster Rolls, Short Ribs with Cippolini Onions & Wild Mushroom Ragout, Panko-crusted Chicken Paillard with Capers & Lemon-Chardonnay Buerre Blanc, Roasted Carrot & Parsnip Puree with Chive Oil drizzle, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Candied Walnuts, Blueberry Crisp with Cinnamon-Brown Sugar Crumble & Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream and Dark Chocolate Truffle Tartlets.

Dinner concluded with a fun, live auction and a final performance by the talented singers. The client wanted to make sure the guests took some magic when them when they left, and so as they exited, they received handmade music boxes. And then, when they got into their cars to leave, they each had a piece of the custom made garland hanging from the rear view mirrors of their cars! It’s all in the details!

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