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February Meeting: Richest Harmonies From the Renaisannce

DATE: Sunday, February 20, 2011
TIME: 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Church of Denver, 3021 South University Blvd., Denver
CONDUCTORS: Carla Sciaky

Together we will explore some of the most beautiful and rich harmonies and passages from the Renaissance repertoire. Some of Carla's favorite pieces will be featured, such as the beautiful madrigal "Since First I Saw Your Face", a three-part and a four-part version of Content Desir, and the "Springtanz" Courante by Praetorius. Carla hopes you enjoy these gems as much as she does!

Our Leaders for This Meeting

Carla Sciaky received her first recorder for her eleventh birthday, a hand-me-down from a distant cousin. Magically, her father had an identical one, and together they navigated the Trapp Family instruction book for beginners. She discovered the joy of duets and the rapture of mastering the tunes that present the biggest challenges. In college she studied under Dr. Gordon Sandford at the University of Colorado in Boulder, performing for three years in the Collegium Musicum under his directorship. During that time she added rebec, viola da gamba, and a few recorder-related reed instruments to her menagerie. After completing her BA, she moved to Denver and performed through the next decade with the Dufay Consort, the Platte River Consort, and Diverse Passions. During that time she was coached on tenor viol by Sarah Cunningham at the Castle Hill Early Music Workshop, and by Laura Jeppesen and Judith Davidoff in their private studios. Following an extended detour into an all-encompassing career in the folk music domain, she has in recent years returned to the world of early music. Presently, Carla is directing three early music ensembles and teaching the 3rd and 4th grade violin classes at the Denver Waldorf School, teaching violin and piano privately in her home studio, studying modern violin with Tamara Mullikin and baroque violin with Tekla Cunningham, and performing on Baroque violin with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. She makes her home in the Washington Park neighborhood of Denver with her husband and their two daughters and loving labradoodle Bella.

President's Message

Our appreciation for Paul Brunson's efforts in bringing us a great series of programs this year and last needs to be acknowledged. He has exposed us to a bunch of musical applications for the recorder and we are the richer for it. Unfortunately, Paul is threatening to resign at the end of this year. We should all give Paul our thanks for his previous accomplishment and encourage him to rethink his position for the future through cajoling, threats, and any other inducements you care to give. Failing that, you might think about how to replace him. Are you available? Do you know someone you think might be right for the job? Let me know. -- Dick Munz

Recorder Faire

The Recorder Faire is Sunday, March 6th at the Tattered Cover on Colfax again this year. We'll be playing from 2:00 till 4:30. If you or your ensemble would like to play for one of the 15 minute slots please contact Elaine Granata at (303) 321-2735 or elainegranata@msn.com. There are still some playing slots available. Put it on your calendar and come listen to the varied groups we have playing this year.

Renaissance Band Playing at Recorder Faire

The Chapter Renaissance Band will open the Recorder Faire on March 6th at the Tattered Cover. All recorder players are welcome to join the Band, whether you or your group is playing or not. This is an opportunity for those who do not play in a group to participate in Play The Recorder Month. I will have the music available at the February 20th meeting for those who want it ahead of time. Anyone playing in the band must attend rehearsal which will be on Saturday, March 5th from 1:00-4:00 at Susy Wilcox's home, 1940 Hoyt. If you have questions or want to sign up contact Elaine Granata at (303) 321-2735, or elainegranata@msn.com.

Members in Good Standing

Louise Adler, Karen Anderson, Shirley Baker, Jann Benson, Rebecca Beshore, Roberta Blanc, Paul Brunson, Jon Casbon, Bill Conklin, Virginia Cortes, Lynda Coy, Charles Dana, Keith Emerson, Mike & Cathy Emptage, Barbara Fahey, Nancy Fey, Judy Fritz, Rosemary Glista, Elaine Granata, Barbara Grenoble, Pam Grotegrut, Janet Handmaker, Patrick Heid, Chris Hollingsworth, Eve Johnson, John M. LeVett, Nira Lipner, Bob McCarroll, Peggy McCreary, Lisa McInnis, Pat Midyet, Judy Miller, Paul Mimlitsch, Dick Munz, Bruce Nelson, Gail Nickless, Susan Osborn, Margaret A. Peterson, Connie Primus, Justine Romero, Miriam Rosenblum, Virginia T. Schlieker, Mary Scott, Pat Selby, Mary Sloan, Victoria Taylor, Rosi Terada, Gerrie Vendegna, Trudy Wayne, Susan Wilcox, Madeline Zanetti. If your name does not appear on this list following the month you mail your check, please contact Dick Munz.

Mary Scott to Lead Newbies in February

Newbies, at your February meeting you will play Popular Colonial Tunes from the 18th century and early American Spirituals from the 19th century. Mary Scott, your hostess-to-be, has been a member of the Denver Chapter ARS for many years, serving on the board in many different capacities. She is avid about music, playing SATB recorders and soprano krumhorn along with singing in various choirs. She is a welcoming person who will make you feel comfortable even if you are attending for the first time. 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, February 20, 2011
Time: 12:45 ‘til 1:45 pm
Place: Unity Church, 3021 S. University, Denver CO, 2nd floor. Enter South door.
Hostess: Mary Scott
Music: Colonial Tunes and Early American Spirituals

Native American Flute Music for Recorders

Our January 16th meeting was a special treat. Erin and Dave Bell gave an excellent presentation of Native American music, both of the instruments themselves as well as the music. They explained the difference between Native American flutes and recorders, demonstrating the purpose of the bird attachment to flutes that passes the air into a second chamber, which gives them their haunting sound. They also demonstrated the different keys of flutes available and how it is not really possible to play western style music with just one flute since they are in different keys. Erin and Dave played some duets together demonstrating the different sizes and types of woods they are made from. Some of the pieces that we played on our recorders included "Canyon Shadows", "Snake Dance", "Flute Song", "Corn Song", "Fawn Song", "Rainy Nights in Taos" and "Zuni Song" with pieces from several different tribes that all had a unique style. It was a very enjoyable and educational meeting that broadened all of our horizons.

Rocky IX Update

If you have been following your emails, you know that we are advertising the upcoming Rocky through a series of informational emails. These have been going to all Colorado recorder players and to a couple hundred recorder players in the surrounding states. The dates are also listed in ARS publications. We have a great faculty lined up with sessions that should offer something for everyone. We are relying on your attendance to make this a successful event, so please put it on your calendar: May 20 - 22.

SFEMS Workshops Announced

The San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS) has asked us to help them communicate information regarding their upcoming workshops -- there are five different workshop sessions in June and July.. Appended to this Newsletter is their brochure. For technical reasons, you may find the print too small to read, but if you click "Zoom" (Possibly under "View") in your browser and change it to 150%, you will be able to read portions of the brochure at a time. In any event, if you are interested in more information, or to register, you should go to their website:
http://www.sfems.org/workshops11.shtml You can also contact them at: PO Box 10151, Berkeley, CA 94709. 510-528-1725

Newsletter Archive Now Available

Jennifer has added a newsletter archive to our website: http://www.DenverRecorderSociety.org. You can now access all newsletters from 2010.

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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Four Newbies attended the January Newbie session—two of them for the first time. Hostess Elaine Granata selected music from the Jacobean Period, mostly trios but also one quartet. The Newbies took their time learning first the notes, second the rhythm and finally the articulation. By the end of the hour they were able to make it sound like ensemble music, a very gratifying experience for people who are just beginning to play the recorder.
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Once again the Renaissance and Ragtime Recorder Ensemble is enjoying the company of Lynn and Didi Hoepfinger, a couple from Michigan who spend part of the winter in Colorado. They're good players who immediately fit in with the character of our group when they joined us for two months last year, and we're happy to report that this year they're staying even longer. We like to think it's because of us. -- Judy Fritz
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Two of the Wayward Clefs, Jennifer Myers and Paul Brunson, joined with the Farnaby's Wives as one of the performing groups for the 1/8/11 Twelfth Night celebration at Berkeley Church in Denver. The group played a selection of holiday and Renaissance tunes, including several that included a tenor singer. The highlight of the group's pieces was the playing and singing of the "Boar's Head Carol" as the boar's head was presented. More than 50 persons were in attendance in Renaissance garb and all enjoyed authentic Renaissance fare, including roasted pork, leeks, rice with currants, mulled cider and a special rich cake. It was truly a memorable event.
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Colorado Springs:
The Caramillo Consort will play for the Village at Skyline Senior Residence on February 4 at 10:30 a.m. Consort members are Ric Bradley, Jeannine Bramwell, Jan Howbert, LouAnn Johnson, and Dick Wood. Program includes early music, folk and traditional, and modern and jazz, including three pieces by member Dick Wood.
Future: Our annual Spring Salon will be held at First Congregational Church on Saturday, April 2, from 1:30 to 3:30.
Jeannine Bramwell
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Three Plus Two (trio of James, John and Trudy joined by Mike and Cathy Emptage of Loveland) will give a concert at Frazier Meadows senior housing in Boulder on Feb 12th at 10:15 AM. Our program's music ranges from Dunstable, Morley, Bach and Loeillet to the more "recent": "By the Beautiful Sea" and "The Sidewalks of New York"--a sampling of our "Name that Tune" part of the program.
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Marylebone Garden Players had regular meetings throughout December and January. We have added five and six part music to the Saturday group repertoire and we are also playing double choir stuff when enough people show up. We have been adding music to our library on a regular basis and in the last three years we have played through a huge amount of great stuff. We could still use another player in the Monday Group which meets a 9am and is centrally located. If you are an intermediate or above player and you want to have the most fun you can have with your recorder, your flute, your gamba or your violin give me a call. We always play both baroque and renaissance music with each meeting. The musicians in the group are all becoming excellent sight-readers. Let me hear from you. Bill Conklin 303-455-0837
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StopTime is the Denver Chapter's recorder swing/jazz band. We perform wherever we can to popularize the concept of the recorder as an adult musical instrument. These days we are busy working on our annual concert at The Mercury Cafe. This year's date will be Saturday, March 19 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. We hope you can join us for a different kind of dinner show. The "Merc" is a family restaurant specializing in vegetarian dishes but with a large menu including great desserts. Come for dinner, coffee and desert, or just drinks, and enjoy renditions of rags, dixieland, ballads, and jazz performed by recorder players. No cover charge.
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Fipple Jive has two active groups. The intermediate level meets a 11:30am on Saturday mornings in Lakewood, and the more advanced group meets at 7:00pm Tuesday evenings in South Thornton. These are drop-in sessions open to all. We focus on developing the skills that allow us to play from memory and to improvise on tunes we know. There is some mental stress that goes with this, and everyone makes tons of mistakes, but we manage to make it fun, no one is ever embarrassed, and the improvement really does take place. You are welcome to join us and have fun while improving your musical skills . For more information, contact Dick Munz at dickmunz@gmail.com or 303-286-7909.
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Recorders for sale from estate – all in immaculate condition. Owner had a Masters Degree in music and was a music educator until retirement.

Plastic Altos: $25 each (2)
Plastic Yamaha: $35
Plastic Tenor: $60
Plastic Superninos: $5 each (2)
Plastic Bass: $200
Kung Supnino Swiss Rosewood: $331
Kung Tenor Cherrywood: $500
Mollenhauer Alto Boxwood: $238
Mollenhauer Supernino Boxwood: $100
Moeck 211R Supernino Maplewood: $98
Roessler Supernino Pearwood: $100

If interested in a purchase please contact Paula Faulkner, Personal Representative for the Estate of Marilyn Wendel at 303-263-9522 or email at paula@paulafaulkner.com.

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.

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