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November 6 — Austin  •  November 7 — San Antonio

Though little-known today, Ferdinand VI was Spain's most musical monarch. From their palace at Aranjuez, Ferdinand and his Portuguese-born wife Queen Maria Bárbara de Braganza oversaw an army of Spanish and Italian musicians and artists whose number easily rivaled those at the music-obsessed courts of Louis XV or Frederick the Great. Among the king's musical entourage was the castrato Farinelli and Domenico Scarlatti, who had been the Queen's harpsichord tutor since the age of ten. This program will offer a glimpse into the public and private musical life of the royal couple, with operatic and orchestral music by Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian composers including Scarlatti, José de Nebra, Carlos de Seixas, Nicola Conforto, Luigi Boccherini, and others, presented by a full orchestra and featuring sopranos Julianna Emanski and Shari Wilson.

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Who are we?

Never been interested in classical music? Maybe you've been listening to the wrong century! We invite you to come and give us a shot—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.

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