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What is a Theorbo? Consortium Aurora Borealis


THUNDER BAY, ON  ----   January 8, 2010  ---  For the first time ever in Thunder Bay baroque music Lucas Harris with Theorbolovers will get to hear a real Theorbo played bay a master. All they have to do is attend the Consortium Aurora Borealis concert on Saturday January 22nd. Below is the description of the instrument and the concert by the groups Artistic Director, Elizabeth Ganiatsos. The concert will be held at 8:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church, 349 Waverley Street. Admission is by donation at the door.

All will be revealed at our January 22, 2011 concert of Italian baroque music! In the meantime, we may say that the theorbo, a plucked stringed instrument belonging to the lute family, was developed during the late 16th-century in Italy. It was a type of long-necked bass lute, reaching up to two metres in length! It developed as a result of the demand for an extended bass range in opera, as was produced by the Florentine Camerata. It also functioned as a continuo instrument along with organ or harpsichord in vocal and instrumental works from the 16th to the 18th century. It may be heard in performances of music from Monteverdi to Vivaldi, and is enjoying a revival today.
Consortium is delighted to welcome Lucas Harris to Thunder Bay. Our concert audience will have the unique privilege of hearing the rich sounds of this instrument as played by a master. The addition of a theorbo to a baroque ensemble adds a distinctive sound that cannot easily be replaced.  Joining Lucas in the concert entitled “Italian Extravaganza: Ravishing Baroque” will be sopranos Michele DeBoer and Dawn Bailey, also of Toronto. They will be supported by the violins, cello and harpsichord of our regular ensemble of local professional musicians. Come and enjoy a delightful musical treat!
Bert Rowson Arts Editor

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