It's no coincidence that Austin is considered the Live Music Capital of the World®. With hundreds of live music venue and shows every night of the week, your Austin experience isn't complete without attending a performance. While much of the city's attention for music has been focused on genres like country, blues and indie rock, Austin is also home to a thriving, progressive and exciting classical music scene. Check out these groups and venues that make it easy to enjoy classical music in Austin.
Austin Classical Music Groups
Austin Camerata is a stringed instrument group that performs a wide range of music, from the most revered classical masterpieces to newly written and genre-defying works. The ensemble is known for creative artistic collaborations and their performances usually combine multiple art forms like visual art, creative writing, and dance ranging in style from flamenco, to hip-hop, to ballet. View their events calendar to catch a performance when you're in town.
Austin Civic Orchestra
The Austin Civic Orchestra is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteer musicians who have been devoted to bringing quality music to the community since 1977. The ACO performs six to eight concerts each season that range from traditional classics to modern music, and everything in between. Check out their website for more information and upcoming concerts.
Serving Central Texas since 1986, Austin Opera inspires audiences with its trademark blend of innovation and artistic excellence. In addition to traditional orchestral and chorus performances, Austin Opera runs Opera ATX, which brings groundbreaking new works, emerging artists, exciting composers, and dynamic directors to Austin. See their website for upcoming events and tickets.
Austin Symphony Orchestra
The Austin Symphony Orchestra is the premier classical music organization in the city. Along with their traditional programming, the ASO performs some of the city's most beloved annual concerts like the Halloween Children's Concert and free Christmas Sing-Along. Check their events calendar to plan a visit to the orchestra while you're in town.
If you want to leave the instruments behind in favor of the human voice, Conspirare is worth a listen. Conspirare is a Grammy-winning and internationally recognized choir known for delivering beautiful musical experiences as diverse as their talent. Visit their website for more information on upcoming performances.
Where to See Classical Music
Enjoy a host of concerts illuminated by candlelight and performed by live musicians in venues all across Austin. Find classical twists on modern music, like tributes to Taylor Swift and Metallica performed by jazz ensembles, string quartets and orchestras.
Long Center for the Performing Arts
The Long Center provides performance stages for local arts groups, including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera and Ballet Austin. Visit to watch an awe-inspiring performance or join in on special outdoor performances, community festivals and live music concerts held throughout the year.
Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park
The Moody Amphitheater is a new architectural icon for the city, featuring a unique steel and translucent stage-house structure that provides a dramatic public gateway to Waterloo Park. With its Great Lawn, the Moody Amphitheater hosts concerts and educational, cultural and performing arts events, showcasing the full range of Austin’s creative community.
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