Embarking upon its sixth 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 Renaissance 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 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.
The Spanish and Portuguese conquistadores encountered a myriad of cultures upon their arrival in the New World. These indigenous peoples spoke an array of languages, and the colonizers used their knowledge of these languages in their conversion of the natives to Catholicism. Our fifth annual program of Latin American music will include a wide variety of sacred pieces from 16th- and 17th-century Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, and Bolivia, with texts in Nahuatl, Quechua, Chiquitano, Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin, including works by Gaspar Fernandes, Juan de Araújo, Antonio de Salazar, Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco, Filipe da Madre de Deus, and the ever-popular Anonymous.