The Formula One Weekend Guide to Classical Music in Austin

Source: Wikipedia / Rick Dikeman

First of all, if you’re visiting, welcome to Austin. We’re glad you’re here.

Austin has lots to offer. You won’t be able to take it all in over just one weekend. But while you’re here, be sure to check out the lively, uniquely Austin classical music scene.


Experience Austin’s indie classical music movement this Saturday with The Sound Bridge Project. Bring a bottle of wine and some friends and head over to the UP Collective gallery space in East Austin for “A Classical Cornucopia of the Old and New” with music by Debussy, Piazzola, Handel, Tori Amos and world premieres.

It’s almost Thanksgiving in the United States, a time and opportunity for reflection and gratitude. So we’ve got the perfect calm before the 147dB, 18,000 RPM sound storm you’ll experience on Sunday. Chorus Austin’s 32-member Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble presents a night of glorious music on the city’s northwest side. The Voices of Light program will feature seasonal songs from composers like Brahms, Herzogenberg and Saint-Saens.


Did your favorite driver crash in the first lap? Ditch the race. There’s still time to head over to The Long Center by 3 p.m. and see an even bigger drama unfold in Leoncavallo’s tragic play-within-a-play opera Pagliacci with bounty hunter and truck driver turned world-renowned tenor Carl Tanner. Presented by Austin’s own Austin Lyric Opera.

Or maybe your driver won the race? Perhaps it was fate. Just like the fate knocking at the door in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Celebrate the win with the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra in a program of music by Schumann, Elgar and Beethoven.

Perhaps you didn’t get to catch Chorus Austin’s Voices of Light on Saturday? You can also see it on Sunday. Or head over to Austin’s iconic University of Texas campus and catch two different programs at the Butler School of Music: first, the Great Organ Series, and later the UT Wind Ensemble.


Are you in town longer? Check out more than 250 classical music performances around town on our calendar.

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