February 17 — Austin   •   February 18 — San Antonio

On the morning of All Saints' Day in 1755, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Iberia and Morocco, causing regional destruction and decimating Lisbon, the capital city of the wealthy global Portuguese empire. Considered the world's first global news event, word quickly spread, horrifying Europeans and inspiring such works as Voltaire's Candide and Telemann's Donner-Ode. Terremoto! will tell the story of the quake and its aftermath, including readings from contemporaneous sources interspersed among music from 18th-century Portugal, much of which has never before been performed in the United States. Orchestral, operatic, and chamber works for orchestra, choir, and vocal soloists by Teixeira, Almeida, Scarlatti, Rameau, Telemann, and more.

This concert is sponsored in part by the Honorary Consulate of Portugal in Houston, Conselho da Diáspora Portuguesa, and ArteInstitute.

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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.

Learn more about ABO here, or click here to meet our orchestra and chorus.