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Rounds and Canons

DATE: Sunday, February 17, 2013
TIME: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Unity Church of Denver, 3021 South University Blvd., Denver
CONDUCTOR: Miriam Rosenblum

This month we are lucky to have Miriam Rosenblum as our leader. As a teacher and practitioner of music in a variety of folk and classical traditions, she is an important and lively presence in Denver’s music scene. Her topic for this meeting will seem sometimes serious and sometimes frivolous. It will entertain, but it will also add breadth and depth to our understanding of the subject of imitative polyphony. Here’s how she describes her program:

"The musical genre of rounds and canons ranges from simple familiar songs like "Row, row, row your boat" to mind-blowingly complex compositions such as the canons in J.S. Bach's "Musical Offering". In this month's meeting we'll sample a whole range of rounds and canons of various vintages from across the centuries. We'll learn about canons that are backwards or upside down or both, canons that can be read in a mirror or across a tabletop, canons that were written as bawdy jokes, and canons that were notated as puzzles for musicians to solve. Along the way, we'll take a few detours to look at the mathematical properties of canons and to experiment with novel ways of playing rounds in groups. Come prepared to read lots of music and to have fun!"

Our Leader for the Meeting

Miriam Rosenblum received a bachelors degree in music from Yale University and a Masters of Music degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She worked as a freelance symphony oboist for several years before branching out into Irish, folk and world music. She currently plays clarinet with The Lost Tribe, a nouveau Klezmer band, and recorder with the Baroque quartet Semplice. She teaches recorder and Irish tinwhistle classes and private lessons at her home studio in Denver.

Members in Good Standing

Karen Anderson (Sep), Rebecca Beshore (Oct), Bobbie Blanc (Jan), Paul Brunson (Oct), Marlys Butler (Oct), Jon Casbon (Oct), Sally Collins (Feb), Bill Conklin (Sep), Virginia Cortes (Nov), Lynda Coy (Oct), Keith Emerson (Oct), Michael Emptage (Oct), Barbara Fahey (Jan), Nancy Fey (Dec), Judy Fritz (Oct), Joice Gibson (Oct), RoseMary Glista (Sep), Elaine Granata (Jan), Pam Grotegut (Oct), Janet Handmaker (Oct), Pat Heid (Oct), Dot & Dan Kaufman (Feb), John M. LeVett (Sep), Bob McCarroll (Dec), Lisa, McInnis (Dec), Pat Midyet (Jan), Judy Miller (Dec), Lori Murphy (Nov), Dick Munz (Sep), Jennifer Myers (Oct), Bruce Nelson (Sep), Gail Nickless (Nov), Maryann O’Brien (April), Susan Osborn (Oct), Margaret A. Peterson (Oct), Ed Pinfield (Nov), Sally A. Pyle (Oct), Justine Romero (Nov), Karl Reque (April), Miriam Rosenblum (Jan), Virginia T. Schlieker (Oct), Mary Scott (Sep), Pat Selby (Sep), Mary Sloan (Nov), Gerrie Vendegna (Oct), Diane M. Wagner (Oct), Trudy Wayne (Oct), Joe Wilcox (Sep), Marianne Zwahlen (Sep).
If your name does not appear on this list following the month you mail your check, please contact RoseMary Glista.
Dues for the Denver Chapter are due annually based on when dues were last paid. We have included the month your membership dues are due above. Dues are for the 12 month period starting with the month dues are paid. You may join the Denver Chapter and National ARS at the same time with one check. Please complete the Dues Form under “Join” on the website.

January Newbies Report

January Newbies under the direction of Bruce Nelson, played a crumhorn repertoire. The advantage of this buzzy repertoire for the Newbies is that while crumhorn music reflects the Renaissance period with its interesting stylistic rhythms, Newbie recorder players do not need to know as many challenging fingerings. They enjoyed the following selections:

Dit le Burguygnon (anon),
El Grillo (Josquin),
Laet Varen alle Fantasie (Lupus Episcopius) and
L'Ultimo Di de Maggio (Festa).

The Newbie Group gives players new to the recorder or new to the Denver Chapter 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 ember 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 Janet Handmaker.

February Newbies

The Newbie host for February 2013 will be Keith Emerson. Keith began playing recorders in college and has continued enjoying early music since that time. A member of the Denver Chapter, Keith also plays recorder with the ArtyFacts and the Regis University Collegium. The Newbies will be continuing their exploration of some fun pieces from the crumhorn repertoire, which uses only a small range of notes but has interesting Renaissance rhythms.

Sunday, February 17, 2013
12:45 to 1:45 pm,
4th and 5th Grade Classroom, second floor
Unity church
3021 S. University Blvd, Denver
Enter South door.

Do you know of anyone who might enjoy playing with the Newbies? Please spread the word. There is no charge for the session. For more information, contact Janet Handmaker at 303-221-6066. Drop-ins welcome.

Handmaker at recorderteacher@comcast.net or call 303-221-6066.

Group Corner

Hi Musicians:

We continue to work on our large collection of Renaissance and Baroque Music. This might be the only place in town where recorder players get a chance to play the major recorder sonatas of the Baroque. We do have a sub list for the Saturday group and we can use more players in the Monday group.

Bill Conklin 303-455-0837

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Four Winds Ensemble (Colorado Springs). We had a busy holiday season, with performances at the Air Force Academy Clinic and Summit Glen Retirement Center. We also played holiday favorites for Sunday morning brunch at the Margarita restaurant. In January we launched a new educational outreach at Monroe Elementary School. We played for 3 45-minute assemblies with an interactive program teaching kids about recorder voices, imitation (rounds & fugues), melody and mood. The kids got to join in with hand percussion, marching in place, and melody mapping. Our music selections included the Star Wars Theme, Frere Jacque (to the words 'Ravioli...'), Il est bel et bon, Glen Shannon's Peanut Butter Fugue, a Vivaldi concerto, Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, and the pop hit 'Call Me Maybe.' The kids loved it, and we had a great time. We hope to continue this outreach at other local schools. Contact Jon Casbon jcasbon@gmail.com for more information.

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StopTime is busy these days putting together a program for its annual concert at the "Merc". The retirement of Ed Pinfield from StopTime has saddened us and left us struggling to cover all the parts with one less recorder player. We don't have a date yet for the Merc. concert, but will let you know soon. We thrive on your attendance and encouragement.

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After a very full and fun performance schedule in December, Now & Then performed at The 12th Night Italian Celebration organized by Rebecca Beshore and friends on January 5, 2013. We provided the music for a delightful Madrigal Dinner at Centaurus High School under the expert direction of Scott Wickham January 18 and 19th. Our future gigs include an assembly at Glacier Peak Elementary in Adams 12 Schools February 19th and a March 21st lunch performance at Long Peak United Methodist in Longmont. Current members include Pam Grotegut, Joyce Shambough, Ann Sprague and Rebecca Beshore. Viva la Musica! Pam Grotegut, Business Manager, Now & Then

Editor’s Corner

Hello from Bonaire. Yes I am finally warm at least for a little while. See you in February!

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