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January 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Greet the New Year in style in the company of the immortal composers Mozart and Beethoven, with delectable music written at the very end of the 18th century! Our concert title of “Mozart Meets Beethoven” is very apt. Beethoven visited Vienna in early January 1787 for a few weeks when he was just 16 and Mozart would just be turning 31. It‘s conceivable although undocumented that the two met at that time, but allegedly Beethoven heard Mozart perform, and Mozart’s music certainly did influence Beethoven greatly. Interestingly, all three works on our programme by these two composers were written from 1796 to 1799.

Opening the concert is Mozart’s little-known but worth discovering Clarinet Quartet No. 2 in E flat, a transcription from his earlier Violin Sonata No. 28, K. 380. It was one of three arranged for clarinet and three strings and brought to light in 1799 after Mozart’s death by composer and music publisher Johann Anton André, the first important Mozart researcher.

Beethoven’s playful Duet with two Obligato Eyeglasses follows, and was written to be played with an aristocratic cellist friend who, like his partner Beethoven, needed glasses to read music, hence, the amusing title. Next comes one of Beethoven’s five lovely string trios, the gracious Trio in G, Op. 9, No. 1.

We then move somewhat beyond our normal boundary, as we jump centuries and change the mood, to conclude the concert with two tangos, Tunisian Tango, written by our own Patrick Horn, and the nostalgic tango Oblivion by the legendary Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), regarded as the Tango King. Both tangos are arranged by Patrick for the ensemble at hand. This programme should make for a most enjoyable evening!

Our performers, all key members of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, are no strangers to Consortium Aurora Borealis. Violinist Katie Stevens, violist/composer Patrick Horn, and cellist Peter Cosbey, our regular string players, are joined by clarinettist E-Chen Hsu. We are pleased to highlight the clarinet, especially since Mozart was a champion of this relatively new instrument.

Concert sponsor is Robin Smith & Associates: CIBC Wood Gundy

Saturday, January 13, 2024, 7:30 pm
St. Pauls’ United Church
349 Waverley Street, Thunder Bay
Admission at the door is $25, students $15. 11 and under free.

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January 13
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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