Embarking upon its fourth full concert season, the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Chorus is the youngest addition to Central Texas' early music scene. While you can hear us performing everything from Latin American a cappella motets to Schubert symphonies, we are most at home playing masterworks and lesser-known fare from the 18th century. Founded in 2011 as Ensemble Settecento, we have grown into a group of more than forty local, statewide, and national musicians who come together to produce historically-informed concerts for the early music connoisseur and the new listener alike.
Never been interested in classical music? Maybe you've been listening to the wrong century! We invite you to come and give us a listen—you might just find there's a little less dust on our music than you think. We're breathing new life into some of the most beautiful music ever written, and we're doing it with a youthful energy and colorful uniqueness that you'd expect from an Austin born-and-bred ensemble.
Our next performance:
March 14 & 15
You're probably familiar with the term cantata, but did you know originally it simply referred to a piece meant to be sung? We'll show you the wide variety of sacred works for choir and orchestra in the Baroque era, including a motet, an ode, and a Lutheran cantata. Featuring J.S. Bach's masterful Jesu, der du meine Seele and Charpentier's regal Te Deum in D major, along with works by Buxtehude and Jerúsalem.
Who is ABO?
We're the newest large period-instrument ensemble in Texas. Click "play" to see and hear a little more about who we are and what we have done, are doing, and will be doing in the future.