Wow! How is it already the last concert of of the season!?
We're very excited to present to you a program of music by composers many of us have likely never heard of! With "Unknown Unknowns" we'll return to our roots as an ensemble that revels in the obscure, bringing you Classical-era music by some of those guys who've since been overshadowed by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
We'll open with the overture to André Grétry's opera Silvain, the first complete opera known to have been performed in New Orleans (in 1796), and a concert overture by Antoine Reicha, who is remembered today as the Father of the Wind Quintet. From the Mannheim-based composer Ignaz Holzbauer there'll be a symphony that includes a depiction of a storm at sea, and for opera-lovers there will be arias by Giuseppe Bonno (Emperor Joseph II's kapellmeister, and a minor character in the movie "Amadeus") and Mozart (from perhaps the least-known of his mature operas). Finally, we'll perform a long-lost sinfonia concertante (a concerto for multiple soloists) by a previously unknown composer.
The concerts will take place on Saturday, May 26 at 7pm in Austin (Redeemer Presbyterian Church, map) and on Sunday, May 27 at 4pm in San Antonio (Madison Square Presbyterian Church, map). Tickets are available at the door or through our website (link), and as always, there'll be an informal pre-concert talk beginning 30 minutes before each program. Season tickets for next season will also be on sale – San Antonio audiences should be aware that all of our programs will take place in the Alamo City as well as in Austin, so season tickets are now a viable option for those of you who come to all of our programs.
We still have need for housing for one musician, so if you are able to help us with this, we are happy to extend a pair of tickets to you for your hospitality. Simply email us for more information, or to let us know you can help.
We hope to see you next weekend for beautiful and unknown works from the Age of Enightenment!
Billy Traylor, Artistic Director & Founder
Stephanie Raby, Concertmaster
James Moran, President, Board of Directors
Stephen Falk, Secretary-Treasurer