Join Ensemble Settecento in a very special performance of colonial music from New France and New Spain, presented in San Antonio's beautiful and historic Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña. Originally founded in East Texas with the purpose of halting French encroachment into Texas from Louisiana, the mission was relocated to San Antonio in 1731. With its interior recently restored to its original 1755 splendor and its cathedral-like acoustics, Mission Concepción is an ideal location for a concert of the music of colonial Mexico.
Two of America's most historically significant and ethnically diverse cities, New Orleans and San Antonio, were founded in the same year, 1718. This took place near the beginning of a century that would see enormous changes in the balance of power in the New World, changes that would be both the cause and effect for changes in the Old World. One central aim of the French and Spanish colonization was the Christianization of the indigenous population -- they found music to be a most effective tool. Colonial composers (both European and New World-natives) created a great deal of music for this purpose, much of it is as beautiful and ornate as the music written in Europe.
Join Central Texas’s newest early music ensemble as we explore the music of the cathedrals, convents, and missions of New France and New Spain, drawing works from the musical archives of New Orleans and Montréal, and the cathedral collections of Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Durango, and Santiago de Cuba.
An Informal Pre-Concert Talk is included in the admission price. Presented by the artistic director, Billy Traylor. Begins promptly 30 minutes before the concert (7:30pm) inside the performance space.
Tickets: $15 - General Admission, $10 - Seniors; $5 - College/Student ID (at the door only). A school-age student enters free with a regular adult admission.
Music of New France: Excerpts from the Ursuline Manuscript of New Orleans
"Ames Vaines" - Joseph François Salomon
"Que devant lui" - Jean Baptiste Lully
Chaconne le Monument: "En vos mains" - Lully
"Consacrons nos airs" - François Couperin le Grand
"Agréable solitude" - Marin Marais
"Dans les cieux est un Dieu qui m'aime" - Lully
Chaconne: "Qu'êtes-vous devenus" - Henri Desmarest
From the Livre d'orgue de Montréal
Magnificat en sol majeur
Esteban Salas y Castro - Claras luces
Music of New Spain
Wipo of Burgundy (attr.) - Sequentia: Victimæ paschali laudes
Juan Pérez de Guzmán - Alleluia! Dic nobis, Maria
Gaspar Fernandes - Pois con tanta graça
Ignacio de Jerúsalem - Sinfonia in G major
Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla - Salve Regina a 8
Santiago Billoni - De Joseph el imperio - Cantada for the Feast Day of St. Joseph
Fernandes - Tleycantimo choquiliya
Fernandes - Xicochi, xicochi
Manuel de Sumaya - Angélicas milicias
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Austin Baroque Orchestra & Chorus
Now in its third season, Settecento is an Austin-based orchestra and chorus dedicated to presenting historically informed performances of musical works from the 17th and 18th centuries. With programming that is both innovative and carefully researched by the artistic director, the ensemble’s mission is to promote early music in Central Texas.
Each season features a series of four concerts along with additional performances of chamber works. These diverse concerts can vary from a cappella Renaissance motets to large-scale Baroque cantatas, and from Classical-era chamber music to larger orchestral works. Preceding each concert is an informal talk about the music led by founder and artistic director, Billy Traylor.
In 2013, the Austin Creative Alliance (ACA) officially welcomed Settecento as their newest sponsored project. With their help and guidance, we are beginning to pursue loftier marketing and business strategies, including the ability to accept donations. While we have been able to pursue similar goals on our own in the past, the support of an organization such as the ACA will allow us to broaden our mission of bringing music to Central Texas..