Consortium Aurora Borealis celebrates the golden age of Italian string music with a concert of beauteous sonatas from the time of Stradivarius. Included are High Baroque solos from Venice by ever-popular Antonio Vivaldi and his contemporary Tomaso Albinoni, and works by Corelli and Locatelli from other regions. TBSO Principal Cellist Marc Palmquist breaks out of his basso-continuo role to perform a rarely-heard but lovely cello sonata by virtuoso violinist Francesco Geminiani. We also present notable examples of the trio sonata, the most prevalent chamber music of this time, written both for church and court. The theme of one will be recognized as the opening of Stravinsky’s neoclassical ballet Pulcinella!
Fine local violinists Katie Stevens and Christopher Stork, cellist Marc Palmquist, and harpsichordist Elizabeth Ganiatsos perform this final concert of our 44 season. Our theme is most fitting, as Italy was the birthplace of the violin; strings dominated the Baroque instrumental scene! Italian string virtuosi abounded, many of them also composers, as were the creators of tonight’s sonatas. Viva l’Italia!
Saturday, May 6, 2023, 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s United Church, 349 Waverley Street, Thunder Bay, ON
Tickets at the door are $25; students $15. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Also available online through our website.
Info: (807) 768-7420
Masks are strongly recommended.
This concert is sponsored by the Institute of Italian Studies – Lakehead University.
Submitted by Elizabeth Ganiatsos
Artistic Director, Consortium Aurora Borealis