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Music a la Mode

DATE: Sunday, March 17, 2013
TIME: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Unity Church of Denver, 3021 South University Blvd., Denver
CONDUCTOR: Dick Munz and Janet Handmaker

Our leaders for this month’s meeting are two of the Denver Chapter’s most persuasive ambassadors for recorder music. Both Janet Handmaker and Dick Munz are past presidents of the Chapter, and both are key members of the popular and busy group Stop Time. Their topic, “Music á la Mode,” will draw both on Stop Time’s jazz repertory and on the early music that we recorder players usually like to cultivate. Modes are important to all kinds of music -- new and old, classical and popular and traditional, familiar and exotic. Expect some surprises.

Here’s their description of the program:

Ever wondered what people mean when they say, “That music sounds modal.” You will learn the basics of major scale modes and play ordinary and/or exotic examples of each. Selections will span various eras and genres. You may be surprised to learn that two pieces of music, which on the surface seem quite different, actually share the same tonality

Our Leader for the Meeting

Janet Handmaker is a certified ARS teacher who has taught recorder both privately and in consorts for many years. She has organized and participated in many recitals, performances and recorder workshops. She is past-president of the Denver Chapter ARS and currently serves as member-at-large in charge of new membership development. In 2009, Janet was a presenter at the Colorado State Music Teachers’ Association teaching over 25 music teachers the basics of recorder playing. Janet teaches privately out of her home and performs with StopTime, an early instrument jazz band. She studied music at both Colorado Women’s College and Metropolitan State.

Dick Munz will assist Janet in her presentation. Dick, an ex-clarinetist and current recorder player, is a life-long jazz aficionado. He founded StopTime, an early instrument jazz band in 2008. Dick also founded fipple-Jive, a study group that delves into the art of jazz improvisation. He is past-president of the Denver chapter and served as co-chair person for Rocky IX and currently as co-chairperson for Rocky X.

Members in Good Standing
(March 2013)

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 (Feb), Nancy Fey (Dec), Judy Fritz (Oct), Joice Gibson (Oct), RoseMary Glista (Sep), 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 (Feb), Dick Munz (Sep), Lori Murphy (Nov), 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), Karl Reque (April), Justine Romero (Nov), 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.

February Newbie Report

Former Denver chapter president Keith Emerson hosted the Newbies in February. He led them in early music from a book that he had purchased in England, A Book of Early Music by John Horton. Because of the variety of voices available, the Newbies were able to play a quartet “Four Dances and a Fancy,” by William Byrd. All had a good time, despite having to play a little below tempo.
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 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 Janet Handmaker at recorderteacher@comcast.net or call 303-221-6066

March Newbies

The Newbie group is an opportunity for players who are new to the recorder or new to the Denver Chapter. We play small ensemble music in a safe, relaxed setting. The session is free and open to the public. Drop-ins are welcome. Volunteer members of the Chapter take turns directing the playing sessions.
If you can read a little music and know a few recorder fingerings, this is for you. Bring your instrument(s) and a music stand. Attendees will have the option of staying for the monthly meeting, which follows at 2:00 - 4:30 at the same location
The Newbie host for March will be Joe Wilcox. Joe is a retired computer programmer who, in addition to enjoying recorders, is an enthusiastic player of string quartets. He is Program Director for the Denver Chapter, and he occasionally composes or arranges music for recorder ensembles.
In March, the Newbies will sample some charming song and dance pieces by Michael Praetotius and Melchior Franck, two composers who were active in the period of transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque musical eras.
Sunday, March 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.

Group Corner

Four Winds Ensemble (Colorado Springs). In February we had 2 good gigs: an invitation to perform early music at a local church, and a performance at a local elementary school. For the church service we performed L'Homme Arme' and Kyrie I & II from a L'Homme Arme' mass by Pierre de la Rue, Magnficat a octavi toni by Giovanni Anerio, and Miserere Mei, Domine by Orlando de Lassus. For our outreach performance for 3rd through 5th graders at Imagine Indigo Ranch school. Music selections included Bransles by Claude Gervais, the Star Wars theme (intro to the different recorder sizes), Frere Jacques (words changed to "Ravioli; hamburgers, pepperoni pizza, and chocolate cake"!); Il est bel et bon by Pierre Passereau; Pachelbel Canon excerpts; Peanut Butter fugue by Glen Shannon, Rondeau by Jean Mouret (Masterpiece Theater theme), and 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepson. The program was interactive, and thoroughly enjoyed!

StopTime's traditional winter performance has turned into a spring performance this year in a different venue. On Thursday, May 9 we will be at Lincoln's Road House, 1201 S. Pearl Street (actually facing on Buchtel Blvd.). Please put the date on your calendar. We would love to have you. We've been working on new songs (from lead sheets, yet!) that we think you will enjoy, mixed in with some of our old favorites. There will be more complete information in next month's Newsletter. Dick Munz or Janet Handmaker, stoptimeconsort@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/StopTimeJazz

Recorder Faire is on March 3rd at the Tattered Cover from 2:00-4:30. There are still a couple of 15 minute slots left for any groups that want to play. As in the past, the Renaissance Band will open the Faire. Any and all are welcome and encouraged to play in the Band. Music will be at the Feb meeting and rehearsal is Saturday, March 2nd in the afternoon. Contact Elaine Granata for information at (303) 321-2735, elainegranata@msn.com.

Flash Mob - The National office has designated March 16 as Play the Recorder Day. Elaine Granata is organizing a flash mob as our celebration of the day. It will be held at a mall, probably Cherry Creek, in the afternoon and we will play Pastime with good company. We need at least 20 people to make this mob work. Please put this on your calendar. Elaine will have more details about how it will work as we get closer to the date. We will also discuss it at Band rehearsal on March 2nd. The time commitment is about a half hour. The St. Louis chapter has done a couple, so we won't be the first to do one, but we may be the only on on Play the Recorder Day. Contact Elaine for information, (303) 321-275, elainegranata@msn.com.

Now & Then's playing season has toned down quite a bit since December.
We are adding the finishing touches on an assembly about recorders to be presented soon for Glacier Peak Elementary School 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in Adams 12 school district. Candice Stout is the music teacher. We have a lot of audience participation, among other things, in store for these kids!
On March 3rd we are one of the groups playing at the Tattered Cover. Our 15 minutes of fame comes at 2:30 p.m. Maybe we'll see you there. We expect the "band" will be playing ancient music, so we will be doing some more contemporary pieces (like, I'm Just Wild About Harry!). March 21, will bring a delightful fun to listen to program for the ladies at Longs Peak United Methodist Church in Longmont.
Now & Then current members are Pam Grotegut, Rebecca Beshore, Joyce Shambaugh and Ann Sprague, fine players all.
Pam Grotegut, Business Manager, Now & Then
<pmgmusic@comcast.net>

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