Concert this Weekend! Join us!

Dear ABO Family:

It really feels like fall today in Austin! Temperatures are down and a north wind is blowing, which means it's time for us to start putting together our annual Latin American program (and we are!). But first, we wanted to remind you about the first program of our current season in case you missed the video premiere last week.

We had about 80 people join us in the first week of 
Keeping an Ear to the Ground – thanks so much to all of you who joined us! But for this video concert idea to be successful, we need more of you to join us. There's music by  Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel, and more, and pay-as-you're-able ticket prices are available. The video will be available until Saturday, October 3, unless popular demand requires an extension of its availability. 

Visit our website to purchase a ticket. After purchase, you'll be redirected to a page with the web address to the concert (it's hosted on our
YouTube channel), along with a link to the digital program and program notes.

It's no exaggeration to say that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have left ABO in a precarious place. We're unable to perform publicly and audiences' responses to paid online content is unclear. We've lost 56% of our City of Austin grant, our largest single source of funding. We're currently operating on the slimmest of budgets relying mostly upon our savings from inactivity earlier this year.

The only way for us to reach the light at the end of the tunnel is through your support – financially through purchasing online concert tickets and making donations (remember when we raised about $4k from donations of $50 and under?), and organizationally through telling others about us. Some of the music we perform is quite literally performed nowhere else in the country, or even in the world. We want to be able to continue to be there for you in the years to come – can you be there for us now? 

We hope you'll join us for Keeping an Ear to the Ground! We very much missed performing for you in person, but we think our love for this music and the excitement we felt for being able to come together after so many months apart were palpable in the video, and we look forward to sharing it with you via the interwebs.

Musically yours,

Billy Traylor – Artistic Director & Founder
Stephanie Noori – Concertmaster
Hannah McGinty – Chorusmaster
Chelsee Sandaker – Ensemble Administrator

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"Al mejor cénit," by Miguel Matheo de Dallo y Lana, from "Hecho en México" at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 16, 2019 (first known modern performance of this piece) — Click image for video.
What's New With ABO

Lamentación y Esperanza

November 21 (tentative)

This year, instead of our annual performance of Latin American music we'll present a concert that is a commentary on our tumultuous year so far. This program of Iberian and Latin American choral music, recorded in historic Mission Concepción, will feature works with texts touching on themes of loss, sadness, hope, and renewal, reminding us of music's transcendent power to heal.

More info >>

ABO is now on Spotify!

Over the summer we began uploading some audio from our archives onto the streaming service Spotify. With an audience from around the globe, Spotify will allow us to reach listeners from not only Central and South Texas, but thousands of miles away! Music that was performed for the first time in centuries for you can now be heard by music-lovers everywhere. We're also on YouTube – check out our profile for videos of French, Latin American, and early Italian music!

ABO Spotify profile

ABO is supported in part by
the City of Austin Economic Development Department
Cultural Arts Division


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