Consortium Aurora Borealis

Elizabeth Ganiatsos, Artistic Director
Northwestern Ontario's Chamber Music Group ~ Baroque and Beyond


2019-20 Season Passes are now on sale.
Seven exciting and varied concerts for only
$90 Regular (Adults & Seniors), $60 Students.
Passes are completely transferable.

To order or renew, please contact Elizabeth at:
Admission at the door remains at $15 regular, $10 student.
Children under 12 are admitted free of charge.

Orders received and paid up by June 30 will be entered in
a Draw for a $50 Gift Certificate to Bistro One.

Cheques are payable to Consortium Aurora Borealis.
Mailing Address: Consortium Aurora Borealis, P.O. Box 21027, 640 River Street,
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 8A7


Michelle Zapf-Bélanger,violin;
Jennifer Bryan, violin;
Patrick Horn,viola;
Anthony Bacon, cello;
Martin Blanchet, bass;
and Elizabeth Ganiatsos, harpsichord.

Eric Lussier, virtuoso harpsichordist, returns! Doris Dungan, flute, with string ensemble perform C.P.E. Bach: Flute Concerto in D minor; W.F. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in E minor; C.P.E. Bach: Wurttemburg Sonata in A minor (harpsichord solo); Johann Christian Bach: Queen Charlotte Concerto in D major (with God Save the Queen variations at the end).

Our 32nd season opens joyfully with the charismatic virtuoso harpsichordist Eric Lussier of Winnipeg. He returns as featured soloist in a programme of music by the “Sons of Bach”, namely, Carl Philipp Emanuel, Wilhelm Friedemann, and Johann Christian Bach, who were composers in their own rights, each with a unique musical style, clearly differentiated from that of their father. Bach’s three sons provide the stylistic transition from the Baroque to the classical style of Haydn and Mozart. Lussier has been praised for his “music-making of great eloquence” and for his “astonishing and effortless virtuosity”, and will play two concertos and one sonata. Also on the programme is a C.P.E. Bach flute concerto, played by Consortium’s Doris Dungan, who has performed with us regularly since 1981. The accompaniment is provided by our core group of string players, who look for to Lussier’s stylistic insights and coaching, which will provide them with an invaluable, in-depth educational experience.

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Concerto in D minor, Wq. 22, for flute, strings and continuo
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Concerto in E minor for harpsichord and strings
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Württemburg Sonata in A minor for solo harpsichord, Wq. 49:1
  • Johann Christian Bach: Queen Charlotte Concerto in D major, Op. 1 No. 6, for harpsichord and strings

  • Sunday, September 26, 2010, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • A Culture Days Free Event — All are welcome!
  • McNulty Recital Hall,
  • Lakehead University Department of Music

Harpsichordist Eric Lussier will be giving a dynamic presentation/workshop/master class on keyboard music of the sons of Bach, using both piano and harpsichord. Energetic, entertaining, and enlightening, this event is open to students, teachers, musicians, and the general public. No charge for admission; everyone welcome. Co-sponsored by the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association, Lakehead University Department of Music, and Consortium Aurora Borealis.

200th Anniversary of the Birth of Chopin and Schumann, and 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Mahler

Chopin: Mazurkas, Nocturne, Waltz; Schumann: Fantasy Pieces for clarinet and piano; Davidsbündlertänze for piano; Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer.

  • Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
  • Frédéric Chopin: Waltz #12 in f minor, Op. 70, No. 2
  • Frédéric Chopin: Four Mazurkas
  • Gustav Mahler: Lieder eines fahreden Gesellen, for baritone and piano
  • Robert Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze Op. 6, Nos. 4, 5, 6, 11, 14, and 16
  • Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke Op. 73, for clarinet and piano
  • Selected Readings from the period


Jennifer Bryan, violin;
Anthony Bacon, cello;
and Martin Blanchet, bass.

Songs, madrigals, dances, instrumental music and readings from 16th-century England.

Works to enchant by William Byrd, Thomas Morley, John Dowland and others.

Il Divino Monteverdi


Elizabeth Ganiatsos, harpsichord;
Jennifer Bryan, violin;
Michelle Zapf-Bélanger, violin;
and Anthony Bacon, cello.

Music for two sopranos, two violins, theorbo, cello and harpsichord, with Toronto special guests Michele DeBoer, Dawn Bailey and Lucas Harris. Stunning sonorities, sacred and secular, passionate and playful. 17th-century Italian works by Monteverdi, Biagio Marini, Uccellini, etc.

  • Saturday, February 26, 2011, 8:00 pm
  • St. Paul’s United Church
    349 Waverley St.
  • Admission at the door $20 Adults · $15 Students and Seniors

Mood Indigo Jazz Trio:
Glenn Jennings, keyboard;
Mark Thibert, saxophone;
and Jim Differ, drums.

Doris Dungan, flute;
Michelle Zapf-Bélanger, violin;
Jennifer Bryan, violin;
Patrick Horn, viola;
Anthony Bacon, cello;
Martin Blanchet, bass;
and Elizabeth Ganiatsos, harpsichord.

Mood Indigo Jazz Trio joins Consortium as Baroque pieces in traditional scoring and style are followed by a jazz spin. Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, and a few surprises.

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata for flute and harpsichord
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Badinerie
  • George Frideric Handel: Selected Works
  • Georg Philipp Telemann: Suite in a minor for flute and strings

Music for One, Two, Three, and Four Flutes

Delight in the sweet sounds of flute ensemble, in this fun evening of music from the Baroque, Classic and Romantic periods by Telemann, W.F. Bach, Kuhlau, Reicha, and Doppler.

  • Anton Reicha: Trio in D major, Op. 26, for three flutes
  • Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasia for solo flute
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Duetto in E-flat major, for two flutes
  • Franz Doppler: Duettino in g minor, Op. 37, for two flutes and piano
  • Theobald Böhm: Grand Polonaise in D major, Op. 16, for flute and piano
  • Franz Doppler: Andante and Rondo in C major, Op. 25, for two flutes and piano
  • Friedrich Kuhlau: Grand Quartet in E minor, Op. 103, for four flutes

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