Welcome
to La Follia


AUSTIN CRITIC'S TABLE AWARD
for best ensemble in 2015-2016 (MORE...)

KMFA AWARD for one of the ten best classical music events in 2016 (MORE...)

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Based in Austin, Texas, we perform music from the time of Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart. We use instruments and performance practices appropriate to the period, so you experience the music exactly as the composers experienced it. We strive to entertain, enlighten, and inspire.

Highlights from
our First Two concerts

OUR NEXT CONCERT

J.S. Bach's CANTATAS
AS HE PERFORMED THEM

 February 17, 8pm and 18th, 3pm, 2018
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas

We perform Bach cantatas in the manner we now know he typically performed them: using minimal orchestra and one-on-a-part chorus. The resulting transparency and flexibility is astonishing.

Featured is the famous solo cantata Ich habe genug with Gil Zilkha, bass.  We will also perform cantatas 8 and 151, with Meredith Ruduski, soprano, Sean Lee, counter tenor, and Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, tenor.  James Andrewes, frequent director for the Bach Cantata Project in Bloomington, Indiana, leads La Follia.

Whit Martin-Whitaker with KMFA 89.5 will lecture 20 minutes before curtain on J.S. Bach's performance practice regarding these cantatas. He will explain how a heretical idea proposed by Joshua Rifkin in the 1980's, and initially ridiculed by the musical establishment, became recognized as the way Bach himself performed his choral works, and as we perform them in this concert.



This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Program