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:

Youthful Indiscretions

Franz Schubert Rehearsing a Musical Serenade With His Friends by Leopold KupelwieserOctober 4 & 5 

We’ve all done things in our youth that we probably wish we hadn’t, but the musical products of the early years of the careers of some popular composers are far from regrettable! In their short lives, Pergolesi, Mozart, Schubert, and Mendelssohn created an amazingly diverse output that easily holds its own compared to that of composers who lived longer.  Featuring concertmaster Edmond Chan on Mozart's Violin Concerto in G major, Schubert's Symphony no. 5, and more!

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Who is ABO?

We're the newest large period-instrument ensemble in Central 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.