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December Meeting: Holiday Music for All

DATE: Sunday, December 18, 2011
TIME: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Unity Church of Denver, 3021 South University Blvd., Denver
CONDUCTOR: A plethora -- See Below

Our Leaders for this Weekend

Paul Brunson’s innovation for our holiday meeting last year divided the program into four small parts, each led by a different director or group. The change in format made the meeting special as a holiday occasion which turned out to be fun and popular. With various differences, I’ve largely followed Paul’s format.

Janet Handmaker will present a collection of music around the world, celebrating December. Keith Emerson will present his transcription of the Alleluia Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. Jann Benson would like to do some very traditional Christmas carols that she partly transcribed. She’ll choose somewhat boisterous carols, so it’s a chance for all of us play a variety of instruments: Soft or buzzy, high or low, brass or string, even the plucky kind.

Happily Dr Grush will be with us again, this time presenting his transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. He promises to prepare us through difficult parts before trying to play the famous piece all through without attention where needed.

StopTime will be with us again, choosing from their collection of modern popular songs of the season. Janet, with her usual energy, doesn’t hesitate to play two sessions as long as they are not back to back.

President’s Message

For those who missed the November meeting, the topic of our "Nest Egg" was discussed. Time did not permit a thorough discussion, but input from the Chapter would be helpful. Basically, we have a money market account that has grown over the years to over $12,000. There is no known record of instruction as to how we may or may not use this fund, and consequently it has been allowed to grow from the interest earned.

It is time to rationalize this situation, and the Board is looking into methods of doing this. Dick is gathering information on endowment funds to see if that would be an appropriate format for us.

In any event, there is a good chance that at least the interest earned from our fund should become part of our budget, and that amount could be $500 or so annually.

But that raises the question, if we're getting along OK now, what would we use this extra income for? If you have an activity that you would like to see the Chapter get involved in, let us know. That could include programs that the Chapter could add for the benefit of its members, or it could include activities to promote recorder playing in general.

Email your thoughts to denverrecorder@gmail.com.

Dick Munz

Colorado Recorder Orchestra

The Colorado Recorder Orchestra will have an open rehearsal on Saturday, December 3. The rehearsal will be from 9:30-12:30 at St. Ambrose, and is open to all who are interested and curious about what the recorder orchestra experience is like.

We are beginning to choose music for 2012. Our spring concerts in April will include young musicians from the STEM school in the Adams County 12 Five Star School District. We are planning to have a variety of music in 2012 as we have every year. We invite you to join us and read some new music. For more information: 303-666-4307 or rjterada@earthlink.net

Members in Good Standing

Louise Adler, Karen Anderson, Shirley Baker, Jann Benson, Rebecca Beshore, David Brock, Paul Brunson, Marlys Butler, Jon Casbon, Bill Conklin, Virginia Cortes, Keith Emerson, Mike & Cathy Emptage, Nancy Fey, Judy Fritz, RoseMary Glista, Pam Grotegut, Janet Handmaker, Erin and Gavin Johnson, John M. LeVett, Lisa McInnis, Paul Mimlitsch, Dick Munz, Bruce Nelson, Gail Nickless, Susan Osborn, Margaret A. Peterson, Ed Pinfield, Sally A. Pyle, Justine Romero, Virginia T. Schlieker, Mary Scott, Pat Selby, Joyce Shambaugh, Mary Sloan, Ann Sprague, Victoria Taylor, Rosi Terada, Gerrie Vendegna, Diane M. Wagner, Joe Wilcox, Susan Wilcox, Richard Wood, Madeline Zanetti, Marianne Zwahlen. If your name does not appear on this list following the month you mail your check, please contact Dick Munz.

Newbies and All Denver Chapter Members

Quiz Time for all Denver chapter members:
Would you like to enhance your ability to play by ear? Y ___ N ___
Would you like to learn more about lead sheets? Y__ N__
Are you a new recorder player? Y___ N ___
Are you an experienced recorder player, but new to lead sheets? Y __ N _
If you have answered yes to any one of the above questions, December’s Newbie meeting is for you. Dick Munz, our esteemed president will be its host. He will direct the group in playing seasonal music that is suited for both beginners and experienced players. As you have fun exploring the mysteries of a lead sheet, you may not even realize that you are enhancing your ability to play by ear and becoming acquainted with the basics of music composition.

Host: Dick Munz
Sunday, December 18th, 12:45 to 1:45 pm, Second floor
Unity church, 3021 S. University Blvd, Denver -- Enter South door.

Do you know of anyone who would want to attend? Please spread the word. There is no charge for the session. For more information, contact Dick Munz at dickmunz@gmail.com or 303-286-7909. Drop-ins welcome.

Wanted: Recorder Players or Groups

If you are looking for a group to play with or a player for your group, submit your interest and your contact information by the 25th of the month to Bruce Nelson, banelson3@q.com, to be included in the next month's newsletter.
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Nan Matthews: nan@themattgrp.com One of Miriam Rosenblum's students
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Kathy Lehr: kaotis@q.com Studying with Susan Osborn.
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Dorothea Kaufman dotdan@yahoo.com Recently moved to Denver.
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Erin and Gavin Johnson have started a new group. We currently have a trio and would like to add another player or two for playing Early Music up thru Baroque. Group overall is playing at advanced beginner - intermediate level with a lot of musical background. We have Sn, Sp, A & T recorders, oiano, organ, simple hand percussion, and harp players in the group. We usually play Tuesday or Wednesday night at 7:00 pm in Westminster. We sometimes perform at Westminster Christian Church, during regular church services. We would like to perform something more substantial, maybe at a recital or holiday function, should the opportunity present itself. We meet at my home currently, but if the group gets bigger we have access to the church. Contact: gavinj7000@yahoo.com.
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Recorder Wanted

Dot Kaufman, dotdan@yahoo.com, recently moved from NJ to Denver and found us via the Denver Recorder website. At this time she is without an instrument and would like to know where she can buy a pearwood soprano reorder.

Recorders for Sale

1. Kung Great Bass: Bubinga wood with velvet lined hard case. Good condition. About 45 years old $1050.
2. Moeck Tenor recorder: Maple with soft case. About 25 years old. Good condition. $300.
Please contact Janet Handmaker at 303-221-6066 or recorderteacher@comcast.net. DTC area.

Great bass Recorder for sale

Selling my mollenhauer denner great bass recorder. Got this as a backup to my main instrument (Kung greatbass) and it's hardly been used - just at home and rarely played. Selling for $2400 to finance purchase of another instrument. The denner greatbasses are selling for $3250.00 at Lazar's so my asking price should make for a good deal. If you know of anyone in the Denver Recorder Society who may be interested, feel free to give them my contact info. Also, thought I'd mention that I'd be interested in possible sales/ exchanges involving an English horn, alto or contra alto clarinet. Paul Mimlitsch <pmimlitsch@mac.com>

Baroque Flute Traverso For Sale

Roderick Cameron "Rottenburgh" baroque flute traverso. Ebony with natural ivory rings and sterling D# 2 middle joints: A415, A440. (Head joint has a repaired crack which has been completely stable for many years.) $400. Includes Cavallaro soft roll cover and the wonderful Margaret Neuhaus book with comprehensive fingering chart. (The ivory for the rings was acquired perfectly legally. It is recycled material that was in the USA prior to current restrictions. I specifically asked about the legality at the time of ordering the flute.) For someone who wants to experiment with a traverso, it is a perfect entry point. It will give a sense of what playing on a really good wooden instrument with a nice scale and beautiful tone is like without paying more than you would for most beginner-level traversos. Email or call 303.733.6461 Julia Elliott (Image files available)

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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The Newbies meeting in November hosted by Susy Wilcox was well attended. Lyn, Didi, John, Nan, Eve and Rachel had a great time playing Christmas tunes and rounds. RoseMary, who herself has attended many newbie sessions, noted a high level of conviviality among the members of the group. Thanks Susy.

The Newbie Group gives newer players an opportunity to play small ensemble music in a safe setting. Session is free of charge and open to the public. Drop-ins welcome. Newbies generally know some fingerings and have at least minimal skill at reading music. All voices of recorder are welcome. A chapter member volunteer will direct the playing session. Attendees will have the option of observing the monthly meeting, which follows at 2:00 – 4:30 at the same location. For more information, contact Dick Munz at dickmunz@gmail.com or call 303-286-7909
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Now & Then invites you to holiday music celebrations at:
December 2. Louisville Public Library concert to begin the Louisville Parade of Lights. 3:00 - 4: 30
December 2: Aar River Gallery First Friday, Westminster, 6:30 - 8:00
December 6: Longmont Community Hospital, 11:30 - 1:00
December 9: Good Samaritan Exempla in Lafayette, Employee holiday luncheon, 11:30 - 1:00
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Marylebone Players continues to play a large variety of music. I intend to concentrate more on trio sonatas with the Monday group. Trio Sonatas are really wonderful music and I have several boxes of them. We generally have a harpsichord and a bass gamba or cello available for the recorder players. In the Saturday group, we play sonatas for up to four recorders with continuo. We have room for one player in the Saturday group and two players in the Monday group. If you have always wanted to play Baroque sonatas on your recorder, you might give me a call. Bill Conklin 303-455-0837.
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Fipple Jive works mostly on training our brains to play music from our heads rather than that printed on paper. We train on playing scales, chords, and popular songs from memory, and we work towards improvisation. Our beginning group meets on Saturday late mornings, and our advanced group meets on Tuesday evenings. Both are drop-in sessions open to all. If you want to broaden your playing skills and maybe even improve them in the process, contact Dick Munz. 303-286-7909 or dickmunz@gmail .com .
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StopTime put on an assembly performance for 200 kids from the middle school classes at St. Mary's Academy on Nov. 7. What a great time that was. The kids really got into it. Attentive interest punctuated with wild ovations for our soloists. I don't know who was having the most fun, them or us.
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Denver Chapter: At our meeting November 20 Dr James Grush, Music Director of the Boulder Chapter of the American Recorder, led us in a selection of music he has transcribed. John Geohegan edited the material we played into a clear accessible form. As promised, we got to play two double choir arrangements of motets by Tomas Luis de la Victoria. Dr Grush gently got us through some of the tricky rhythmic passages so that we could enjoy the exquisite harmonies. Victoria is rightfully considered one of the greats of the Italian Renaissance. In the second part of the meeting we played delightful selections from the Merry Widow. Really fun, catchy pieces, they are also a challenge with their radical changes in tempo and meter.
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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.

TIME TO RENEW!
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