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November Meeting: Shape Note Music

DATE: Sunday, November 21, 2010
TIME: 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Unity Church of Denver, 3021 South University Blvd., Denver
CONDUCTOR: Rebecca Beshore

Rebecca will give a brief history of shape note music, and how it differs from traditional written music. Those of us that have seen the movie "Cold Mountain" heard some examples of shape note music being sung. For this meeting we will arrange our chairs in a square with bass, tenor, alto and soprano recorders each composing one side of the square, facing each other - which is the way shape note singers arrange themselves. If we are lucky, we may even have a few shape note singers joining us. This should be a very fun and different meeting. Please plan on coming and having your musical horizons broadened a bit more!

Our Leader for This Meeting

Rebecca has been involved with the early music community for more than 15 years in the roles of non-profit administration, grant writing, costuming and advocacy. She is a performing member of the Colorado Recorder Orchestra, Orion’s Bow and Baroque Folke. Rebecca spearheads celebrations of Twelfth Night and May Faire in the Berkeley community, and she has a special interest in historic dance. Rebecca was the presenter at last years Holiday meeting, which was one of our best attended and well received meetings of the year.

November Newbies

The Newbie session gives newer players an opportunity to play small ensemble music in a safe setting. If you know some fingerings and can read a little music, this session is for you. The Newbies meeting is free of charge and open to the public. Drop-ins welcome.
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2010
Time: 12:45 ‘til 1:45 pm
Place: Unity Church, 3021 S. University, Denver CO, 2nd floor. Enter south door.

Members in Good Standing

Louise Adler, Karen Anderson, Jann Benson, Roberta Blanc, Paul Brunson, Jon Casbon, Bill Conklin, Lynda Coy, Charles Dana, Keith Emerson, Judy Fritz, Pam Grotegrut, Janet Handmaker, Patrick Heid, Eve Johnson, John M. LeVett, Nira Lipner, Bob McCarroll, Dick Munz, Bruce Nelson, Margaret Peterson, Justine Romero, Mary Scott, Pat Selby, Mary Sloan, Rosi Terada, Gerrie Vendegna, Susan Wilcox. If your name does not appear on this list following the month you mail your check, please contact Dick Munz.
Denver Chapter dues run from September through May, so it is TIME TO RENEW!
Please print the renewal form that is on our website: www.DenverRecorderSociety.org

October Meeting Different and Fun!

On Sunday, October 17, the Denver Chapter met at the Grenoble Studio of Musical Arts on the corner of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth. We will be meeting there again in December. (http://grenoblestudio.com/index.html).

Peggy McCreary, an Orff Specialist, treated us to not only playing music by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman with recorders, drums, and xylophones, but some of the history behind this multifaceted method of music education for all children. We played music from several levels of books through which students progress using different scales and instruments and all the while allowing for improvisation. Peggy's enthusiasm for the music and skills in teaching were very evident. She showed us some videos of Ms. Keetman directing and playing music, also. Just being in the studio with Barbara Grenoble, all the instruments, and the two Golden Retreivers was fun.

Fall Festival of Early Music

Early Music Colorado presents: Eighteenth Annual Fall Festival of Early Music, featuring concerts, lecture demonstrations, lecture recitals, and more by well-known performers and scholars of early music.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
10:15 am to 5:30 pm
Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
1000 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
The public is invited to this free event. Donations are accepted.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.EarlyMusicColorado.org.

Group Corner

News of the activities and postings from area musical groups having recorder players. Check the chapter website for a listing of all groups that we know of, including contact information.
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Newbies met at the Grenoble Studios on October 17 and played recorders for an hour with no printed music before them! Imagine that. They played six songs from memory, one scale, three chords, and a swinging version of 12-bar blues. This was Fipple Jive Lite, a taste of the exercises that improve a recorder player's ability to play songs from memory and even improvise upon them.
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StopTime participated in German Day on October 2 (not to be confused with Octoberfest, we were told, but the beer drinking looked pretty much the same). This was held on the parking lot of Helga's Delicatessen near the Aurora Mall. There was a German band and we were highlighted during one of the band's breaks. The tie-in was the recorder as a German musical instrument. We did expose a hundred or so people to modern recorder playing, although some may not remember.
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Fipple Jive continued its weekly meetings, training balky neurons to do the right thing. Saturday's group, having become fairly comfortable with playing folk songs from memory, is working on scales, chords, and 12-bar blues. Tuesday night's group is the more advanced of the two, and is working on reading lead sheets and jamming (cacophoning?) over CD rhythm section recordings.
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The Marylebone Garden Players
Hi Everyone -- We continue to play two sessions a week, one on Monday at 9 am and one on Saturday at 10 am. Today we played a Gibbons Madrigal in five parts that has been arranged for recorder. What a wonderful piece it is! Currently we play with recorders, viols and violin family instruments. The mixture of winds and strings is a very nice sound.

If you are interested in playing with us, give me a call.
Bill Conklin 303-455-0837
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The Denver Chapter ARS Announces "Rocky IX"

The ninth running of "Rocky", a three-day recorder workshop, featuring internationally known faculty, will be held May 20 - 22, 2011, in the splendor of the Colorado Rocky Mountains at Estes Park, Colorado. The session leaders will be Glen Shannon, Mark Davenport and Anne Fjestad Peterson. Mark your calendar, and stay tuned for details!

Get a Gamba!

Interested in learning more about the Viola da Gamba? A limited number of student quality viols are available for rental at a reasonable monthly rate. Please call Bill Conklin at 303-455-0837 for more information.

Where's the Calendar?

You can now access several music event calendars on the chapter website www.DenverRecorderSociety.org
The Colorado Recorder Events Calendar is for recorder music, the Early Music Colorado link has a variety of choral, wind and string performances, and there are links for other special interests -- check it out!

 
 
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