On the morning of All Saints' Day in 1755, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Iberia and Morocco, causing regional destruction and decimating Lisbon, the capital city of the wealthy global Portuguese empire. Considered the world's first global news event, word quickly spread, horrifying Europeans and inspiring such works as Voltaire's Candide and Telemann's Donner-OdeTerremoto! will tell the story of the quake and its aftermath, including readings from contemporaneous sources interspersed among music from 18th-century Portugal, much of which has never before been performed in the United States. Orchestral, operatic, and chamber works for orchestra, choir, and vocal soloists by Teixeira, Almeida, Scarlatti, Rameau, Telemann, and more.

This concert is sponsored in part by the Honorary Consulate of Portugal in HoustonConselho da Diáspora Portuguesa, and ArteInstitute.

As always there will be $5 student tickets available at the door, and K-12 students are free with parent/guardian admission.

A limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door at both programs; patrons are asked simply to offer us what they are able, with no questions asked and no judgment passed. We believe the arts are our collective cultural heritage and should be available to all regardless of financial means.

Please feel free to join us 30 minutes before the show for an informal talk by the artistic director about the program.


Saturday, February 17, 2024 – 7:30PM

Redeemer Presbyterian Church
2111 Alexander Ave. • Austin, TX 78702



Sunday, February 18, 2024 – 3:00PM

St. John’s Lutheran Church
502 E. Nueva St. • San Antonio, TX 78205


Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: $10.00 - $30.00

Presenter Details

  • Name: Austin Baroque Orchestra
  • Embarking upon its thirteenth year, the Austin Baroque Orchestra & Chorus seeks to immerse its audiences in the sound world of the past by performing high-quality music from the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries using replicas of period instruments and historically-informed performance techniques. We aim to do so in a way that breaks down longstanding barriers to enjoyment of and access to the fine arts. Musically, this includes thinking outside of the box in terms of repertoire selection, going beyond Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Mozart; toward that end, our concerts primarily present music from Spain, Portugal, Latin America, France, and Italy. Organizationally, this is primarily through offering “pay-as-you-are-able” ticketing. We know that all too often financial considerations can serve as a primary barrier preventing access to the arts. Beyond this, these financial barriers too frequently affect communities of color and indigenous communities, so our offering of name-your-price admission can serve a dual purpose, increasing access to our performances generally as well as building diversity among our audience and donor base. Through all of our efforts, it is our goal to entertain our Central and South Texas audiences while simultaneously educating them about the various ways in which listeners in the past experienced and understood the music we perform some three or four centuries later.

    Never been interested in classical music? Maybe you've been listening to the wrong century! We invite you to come and give us a shot—you might just find there's a little less dust on our music than you think. We're breathing new life into some of the most beautiful music ever written, and we're doing it with a youthful energy and colorful uniqueness that you'd expect from an Austin born-and-bred ensemble.

    Learn more about ABO here, or click here to meet our orchestra and chorus.

Venue Details

  • Address: 2111 Alexander Ave
  • City: Austin
  • State: Texas
  • Zip: 78702