Louis, Louis – September 1 & 2, 2018
A celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans, this program will consist of beautiful, sumptuous sacred and operatic works from the Chapelle Royale at Versailles and the Opéra in Paris, and even from la Nouvelle-Orléans herself. There will be music associated with the courts of the Roi-Soleil Louis XIV, his great-grandson Louis XV, and the ill-fated Louis XVI, with works by Lully, Rameau, de Lalande, Mondonville, and more. Our first large-scale French concert since 2012 promises to be très magnifique! Click here to learn more.
España Antigua, Nueva España – November 2 & 3, 2018
The Spanish sought to create a “New Spain” in what is today Mexico and the southwestern United States, and this included the composition of appropriate music for their new churches. Soon, cathedral archives became filled with works that would rival those found in Old Spain herself. We’ll commemorate the 300th anniversary of San Antonio’s founding with 16th- and 17th-century music from both Old and New Spain, including works by Morales, Lobo, Flecha, Padilla, and Sumaya, and featuring the Texas premiere of Francisco López Capillas’s Missa de Batalla. Click here to learn more.
Carnevale Veneziano – January 19 & 20, 2019
Just in time for Carnival season, we present a chamber program made up of early baroque works from Venice and northern Italy. Often seen as a reaction against the controlled restraint of the late Renaissance, music in 17th-century Italy changed drastically, and the expressivity and emotional frankness of the music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries can be arresting, even today. Works by Monteverdi, Merula, Uccellini, Strozzi, Bertoli, and others, performed by a small ensemble including violin, recorder, cello, dulcian, harp, and theorbo. Click here to learn more.
Viva Vivaldi! – April 6 & 7, 2019
Electrifying, passionate, sensual — these are but a few words that can describe the genius that was the music of Antonio Vivaldi. Known to his contemporaries as il prete rosso (the Red Priest) on account of his red hair, his music has enchanted millions since it found widespread popularity nearly a century ago. Our first all-Vivaldi program will consist of a diverse assortment of his instrumental and vocal output, with concerti featuring talented ABO soloists, overtures, chamber works, as well as arias from his sacred and operatic œuvre. Click here to learn more.
Eine Kleine Kammermusik – June 1 & 2, 2019
We close our season with a musical voyage to Napoleonic France and Biedermeier Vienna, with chamber music featuring ABO’s principal players. We’ll perform music by Beethoven, with a piano quartet from his youthful and Haydn-influenced First Period, along with a quintet by his childhood friend Antoine Reicha, the so-called “Father of the Wind Quintet.” We’ll end with Louis Spohr’s Gran Nonetto, a rarely-performed and virtuosic work that is a perfect blend of Classical balance and Romantic passion. Click here to learn more.