THUNDER BAY, ON ---- July 22, 2012 ---- The classical music listening season will begin this fall with the presentation of “Quintets”- Beethoven & Friends by Consortium Aurora Borealis, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Soon the leaves will begin to turn colour and the nights will grow longer as we move towards fall. With the ending of the summer the greening of the cultural season in the city begins, usually with a Consortium Concert. After a few months of hot enjoyable weather and summer activities musicians and audiences alike are anxious to get back to the concert hall.
Doris Dungan has played in the opening concert of nearly every Consortium Aurora Borealis concert season, and so it is with the beginning of the Consortium’s 34th season.
“Quintets: Beethoven and Friends”, explores the exquisite sounds of the woodwind piano quintet. Concerts involving this combination of instruments are not common, and will be cherished by lovers of chamber music.
All our concerts begin at 8:00 P.M. preceding the concert, at 7:30 P. M., a talk discussing
the evening’s musical offering will be given, and everyone is invited to attend. Pre-concert talks have been popular with the audiences and many find that the background information helps make a better understanding of the music played.
The music on this programme was composed for the instruments that will be playing, and not arrangements of other pieces for this group of instruments. This was something that was important for the players since a piece composed by a great composer will really exploit the special characteristics of the instruments in that group and the sounds that they can create together. Each instrument will be playing in a way that they sound the best. “Beethoven & Friends” is all about Beethoven his students and his contemporaries expressed in the music of the piano quintet. It will be a great concert!
The programme for “Quintets” will feature composers Johann Georg Abrechtsberger:
Serenata a 5 (1806); Franz Danzi: Woodwind Quintet in G Minor,Op. 56, No. 2 (1821);
and Anton Reicha: Woodwind Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 88, No. 2 (1817).
The anchor piece will be by Ludwig Van Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 16, for piano and winds (1796).
“Quintets – Beethoven and Friends” will feature:
- Heather Morrison: Piano
- Doris Dungan: Flute
- E-Chen Hsu: Clarinet
- Colleen Kennedy: Oboe
- Karine Breton: Bassoon
- Damian Rivers-Moore: Horn