Dear ABO Family:
We hope everyone's had a great week! We're checking in to remind you that the first concert of our 10th season, Keeping an Ear to the Ground, premieres tomorrow, Saturday, September 19, at 7:30pm Central time. The concert will be available to ticket-holders exclusively for two weeks, so if you're busy on Saturday, there'll still be time to tune in! We'll be uploading the video to our YouTube page later today, including music by Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel, and more!
How does it work? Simply visit our website to purchase a ticket by following the link to the payment page and filling out the form, including a valid email address so we'll be able to send you the address for the concert. By midday on Sep. 19th, you'll receive the concert URL in an email, along with a link to the digital program.
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 our audience's response 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.
Billy Traylor – Artistic Director & Founder
Stephanie Noori – Concertmaster
Cristian Cantu – Chorusmaster
Chelsee Sandaker – Ensemble Administrator