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Dear <<First Name>>,

Amplify Austin is here! We appreciate your support this past 11(!) years – we couldn't have done it without you! Click here to reach our Amplify Austin profile and contribute. We know it seems like we're asking for money constantly lately, but the pandemic threw our finances out of whack, and we're still in the process of rebuilding our reserves. We decided in this message to talk about what music your contributions will bring to show you what we have in mind to do with the funding we raise.

Next up, at the end of April, is Musique pour le Coucher du Roi – chamber music from Louis XIV's Versailles. Everything was choreographed at the French court, from the king's awakening to his going to bed. His bedtime ceremony—the coucher—was an extended affair that involved food, conversation, and music shared among the king and his closest courtiers. We'll give you a peek into this secret world with chamber music by Lully, Marais, Charpentier, Clérambault, Jacquet de la Guerre, and more!

Also coming up later this year will be O Restaurador. In 1640, after sixty years of Spanish rule, Portugal reasserted and regained its independence. In addition to being a warrior and the leader of Portugal's revolt against Spain, Portugal's João IV, known as "o Restaurador" ("The Restorer"), was also a musician and composer who assembled the largest music library in Europe. This concert will feature music from 16th- and 17th-century Portugal and Spain including some works that have probably never been performed in the United States before.

Other possible programs include The Italian Connection (18th-century works from Spain, Portugal, and the New World showing the influence of Italian music), Pietà (music by Vivaldi and other Venetian composers from the first half of the 18th century), and Déluge et Brioche (operatic and sacred music from the courts of Louis XV and Louis XVI).

We hope to see you soon – keep an eye on our social media pages for updates, or keep an eye out for this email newsletter with more dates and details as they become available! Don't forget to visit our Amplify Austin page and make your contribution today!

Musically yours,

Billy Traylor – Artistic Director
Stephanie Noori – Concertmaster
Chelsee Sandaker – Ensemble Administrator
James Moran – President, Board of Directors 

"Tempestad grande, amigo" from Vendado es amor, no es ciego by José de Nebra, from "Fernando y Bárbara" (November 2021) — Click image for video.
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Musique pour le Coucher du Roi

April 30 – 7:30pm (Austin)
May 1 – 3:00pm (San Antonio)
(Venues TBA)

Everything at Louis XIV's Versailles was elaborately choreographed. The royal day closed with a set of events known as the coucher. One ingredient of the coucher was music; we'll perform beautiful and elegant chamber music that may have been performed for Louis's bedtime, written by composers from the king's inner circle including Lully, Marais, Couperin, Jacquet de la Guerre, and more.

ABO is now on Spotify!

Over the past year we've been 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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