We hope you'll join us as we present a program of stirring, dramatic music in anticipation of Holy Week. We'll present Georg Böhm's rarely performed Passion According to St. John, once attributed to Handel. Like J.S. Bach's St. John Passion, Böhm's work musically depicts the Good Friday story as it is written in the Gospel of John. Though less complex and of shorter length than Bach's or Telemann's settings, Böhm's setting easily holds its own, and is an outstanding example of a turn-of-the-eighteenth-century German Passion. To round out the program, we'll perform excerpts from J.S. Bach's contemplative funeral cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit and Haydn's fiery Symphony no. 49 in F minor, "La passione."
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 (6:30pm) inside the performance space.
J.S. Bach - Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106
F.J. Haydn - Symphony in F minor, "La passione," Hob. I: 49
Georg Böhm - Johannespassion
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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..