An atypical type of orchestra is bringing their sound to San Antonio. I caught up recently with their Artistic Director.
“We’re going to be doing our yearly Latin American Early Music concert.”
That’s Billy Traylor on the Austin Baroque Orchestra.
“Every year we come to San Antonio to Mission Concepcion; we’ve done this the past two or three years now. And it’s particularly special because we’re playing music from colonial Latin America in a colonial Spanish Church. So it’s as close as you can come to hearing this music in its original setting.
The Austin Baroque Orchestra comes to San Antonio two or three times a year. I spoke to their artistic director to find out what sets them apart; mostly it’s the instruments they use to make the music they play. Like this one: a theorbo.
"Theorbo: it’s a really large lute with really large bass strings on it,” said Billy Traylor.
“It usually sticks up a good three or four feet above the head of the person playing it. It’s a very long-necked instrument.”
Some of instruments are unfamiliar, but the music they make doesn’t sound so different.
Musical sounds from centuries long ago are coming to San Antonio in the form of the Austin Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players, though you may remember them having come to San Antonio last fall as Settecento.
“We’ll be playing at St. John’s Lutheran Church downtown on Sunday at 3 p.m. and we’ll be playing classical-era chamber music," said Billy Traylor, Austin Baroque Orchestra’s artistic director.