Music from the Ursuline Convent
in New Orleans



Beautiful French baroque music for voices and instruments, performed in two beautiful venues! Oh, là-là!

The Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans is the only surviving music manuscript from colonial-era Louisiana, and has been in the possession of the Ursuline Sisters of New Orleans since 1754. It consists of airs from operas and cantatas by some of France's most illustrious composers of the day, including Lully, Couperin, Campra, and Clérambault, retrofitted with sacred texts. A small instrumental and vocal ensemble will present music from this manuscript, interspersed with readings from the nuns' letters and other colonial documents, including a first-hand account of their harrowing journey from France to Louisiana and tales of the sisters' lives in colonial New Orleans. These readings will be delivered by special guest and KMFA 89.5 FM announcer Sara Schneider.

Saturday evening's performance will take place at 7:30pm at St. Mary's Cathedral in Downtown Austin (map), with free parking  at the Capitol Tower Garage (map) – bring your parking ticket with you into the concert for validation. Tickets can be purchased online here, or at the door.

Sunday afternoon we will be at Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio (map). This concert is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of our venue

There will be an informal pre-concert talk beginning thirty minutes before both programs, in which our artistic director will talk about this unique manuscript that he has studied for nearly 15 years.

We hope you'll join us for this very special and unique event. Remember that "pay-what-you-can" tickets will be available at the door Saturday evening, a manifestation of our belief that the arts should be accessible to everyone, without regard to economic means.

Upcoming Performances

Los Elementos
April 25-26

In 1718, Antonio de Literes composed Spain’s first all-sung, Italianate opera. In this one-act chamber opera, the four Classical elements—Fire, Air, Earth, and Water—find themselves alone in a garden in the pre-dawn hours arguing until...

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Early Music Idol

June 6-7

Vote on the merits of four up-and-coming (read: little-known) Baroque composers to pick  the next Early Music Idol! Local early music celebrity judges will plead the case of composers you’ve probably never heard of, but should have! Will the winner be the Frenchman, the Englishman, the German, or the Spaniard? You make the call!

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


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