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:
As Handel's operas fell out of fashion, he developed a new genre for his dramatic music. English oratorios are unstaged dramatic retellings of religious stories, and Handel's oratorios form the cornerstone of the Baroque choral repertoire.
We'll end our fourth season with Handel's first oratorio, Esther. The rarely-performed 1732 version calls for a large, colorful orchestra with woodwinds, brass, strings and even harp, plus a full choir and soloists. Learn how the Jewish orphan Esther becomes Queen of Persia and through cleverness, bravery, and more than just a bit of feminine charm, saves her people from a bloody fate. Since it's sung in English, you’ll know exactly what's happening!
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.