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July 21, 2021

2021-22 Season Announcement

Consortium Aurora Borealis is excited to announce its 43rd season in a new hybrid format. Like many performing arts groups, we’ve adapted our plans and have adopted new technologies.  Our Artistic Director has crafted a wonderful season that takes advantage of our new and exciting format.  We will live-stream all of our autumn concerts (September through December) with tentative plans to resume live, in-person performances in January, 2022.  We have also extended the season into the spring to allow for us to more easily adapt to changing public health measures.

The live-streamed concerts will be a new format for us, but will give us a wonderful opportunity to engage with you during the performances.  In addition to watching the concerts, you will have the option to interact with audience members and Consortium presenters through chat messages on the site.  As a bonus for our live-stream audience, we are pleased to offer an attendance door prize for each concert.

As a result of the uncertainty around public health protection measures, no new season passes will be available this year.  Tickets for individual concerts (both live-streamed and in person) will be available.  Information about purchasing tickets will be available as we get closer to September.  For more information about our concert schedule, please visit https://consortiumab.org/schedule/.  Elizabeth has also taken the time to share her thoughts on the musical offerings this autumn on her blog (https://consortiumab.org/blog).

We have already contacted Season Pass holders by email regarding our 43rd concert season.  We hope that you will join us for this exciting, new format!  We have missed you and hope to see you this concert season.

December 18, 2020

Video Series and YouTube Channel

As part of our online initiatives, Consortium Aurora Borealis is proud to announce our new YouTube Channel!  All of the videos will be available on both our website’s video page and directly on YouTube.

We’re also very excited to announce a new video series called FRONTROW@CAB where we will highlight local musicians through a series of close and intimate concerts as if you were sitting in the front row.

As a very special thank you to our Season Pass holders, donors, and supporters, we are giving them early access to all of the YouTube videos in our FRONTROW video series.

If you haven’t done so already, signup to our mailing list to receive news, video announcements, concert reminders, and more.

September 26, 2020

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dear Subscribers, Patrons and Friends,

Welcome to Consortium’s new website! It is a work in progress that we hope you will visit often, to keep yourself informed about our plans for bringing our music, from ‘Baroque and Beyond!’ to you.

At a recent board meeting the directors of Consortium Aurora Borealis reluctantly made the decision to postpone the production of the seven-concert series planned for 2020-21 until next season. Our top priority in doing so was to keep our audience, musicians and volunteers safe. Government restrictions imposed for controlling the spread of the Covid-19 virus have made ‘business as usual’ impossible for Consortium. We are happy to report that all of the musicians whom Consortium’s Artistic Director, Elizabeth Ganiatsos, had contracted for the postponed concerts have agreed to the rescheduling of their performances of the same works during our 2021-22 season. We are asking all our subscribers who have paid in advance for their 2020-21 season’s passes to watch for an email from Consortium in which they will be offered choices regarding the disposition of their season pass payments.

We want our loyal audience members to know how the pandemic, and the resulting government restrictions, have influenced our decision to postpone our planned season. At the present time our concert audience is limited to a maximum of 50 socially-distanced people. Our use of St. Paul’s United Church is strictly regulated. We must enforce rules about masking and hand cleaning. We must ensure that there is adequate separation of audience members from each other, from our musicians and from our volunteers. We cannot use the church elevator to transport our disabled patrons to our performance space. We are responsible for post-concert sanitizing of the venue and all surfaces in it that have been touched. Some of our out-of-town guest artists did not want to risk travelling during the pandemic. Many of our subscribers and other audience members have let us know that they feel the same reluctance about attending our concerts, or any large gathering, at this time. We have heard and heeded these concerns and restrictions.

Now we are focused on devising new ways of providing opportunities for our local musicians to perform, and for our audience members to hear, our music—our ’food for the soul’—during this, our 42nd season. In the weeks ahead, please look for postings on this website regarding possible future mini-concerts, videos of excerpts from Consortium’s past performances, music-education programming and special events, both live and on-line. We hope you will enjoy Consortium’s innovative musical offerings during the coming months.

If you wish to support Consortium’s work in producing its new music programming, your donation will be most welcome. Please see the ‘Donate‘ section for our mailing address.

For our latest news, please continue to check our website. You can also find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ConsortiumAuroraBorealis

Thank you for your patronage, support and friendship.

The Board of Directors
Consortium Aurora Borealis