Classical Music, Talks Plus

When Freddie Met Frankie

When: Sun., Jan. 21, 4-6 p.m. 2018

The Austin Baroque Orchestra takes on the story of famous frenemies Frederick the Great and François-Marie Arouet (better known by his nom de plume, Voltaire). Known as a man of military might, Frederick also famously patronized the arts and was himself an accomplished flautist. His love of poetry and philosophy first drew him to Voltaire, and soon sparked a decades-long relationship between the two men. When Freddie Met Frankie tracks their trajectory from budding bromance to rancorous breakup and ultimate reconciliation, featuring music by composers whom Frederick employed or admired, including J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, Johann Adolf Hasse, and Jiří Antonín Benda, interspersed with readings from correspondence between the two men. An informal pre-concert talk begins 30 minutes before the program.

Price: $5-$30