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.
Our next performance:
September 17 & 18, 2016
One of the titans of western music, George Frideric Handel’s name has never disappeared from concert programs since his death, an amazing feat considering how many of his once-famous peers faded into obscurity until the 20th century. We’ll open our season with a sampling of Handel’s orchestral and choral output, including the Oboe Concerto in G minor featuring oboist and Artistic Director Billy Traylor, the Concerto Grosso in B-flat major (op. 3 no. 1), and instrumental pieces, arias, and choruses from Israel in Egypt, Messiah, Belshazzar, Solomon, Rinaldo, Giulio Cesare, with soloists Julianna Emanski, Nicholas Garza, Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, and more! Click here to learn more.
Who are we?
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.