Atlanta Baroque Orchestra opens abbreviated season Sept. 11 in an artful space

Credit: hpousner

Credit: hpousner

The theme for Atlanta Baroque Orchestra's 2015-16 season is "Forging New Connections," with goals to reach new audiences in new places and to cultivate new collaborations. Though the ABO only has two concerts planned for the season at the moment, the ensemble moves in that direction with its 18th opening performance, which will be presented at Bill Lowe Gallery.

Exploring repertoire from the British Isles, the concert will be 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11. Julie Andrijeski, opening her fifth season as artistic director, leads a program of works by Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke and William Lawes.

Featuring local and national musicians playing replicas of the instruments used in the era of Bach and Handel, the ABO gave a first-time concert last season at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. It was well-received by patrons of the ensemble and the nonprofit art space, leading to this season’s launch at another Buckhead gallery.

At the moment, the ABO's only other season concert will be "A Festive Night at the London Theatres," featuring music from the 1715-16 London theater season. The concerts will be offered at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Roswell.

The ABO intends a "more robust season" for 2016-17, according to a spokesperson.

Tickets for the opening concert Sept. 11: $25 advance, $30 door. 764 Miami Circle, Suite 210, Atlanta.