May 2010 Newsletter
Shepherds, Nymphs and a Mockingbird
Sunday, May 16, 2010
For our May meeting, we will play transcriptions and arrangements for recorder ensembles of 5 to 12 parts by James Grush, in editions by John Geohagen. Music of Morley, Weelkes, Lawes, Victoria and popular songs from the late ninetieth and early twentieth centuries. Please bring low instruments such as great basses or contras if you can.
Our Leader for This Meeting
James Grush returned to Boulder 42 years after being brought to the University of Colorado as a Graduate Assistant in Oboe and Music History by Dean Warner Imig. Dr. Grush studied with Ray Still, principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at Northwestern University (B. Mus. 1963), and Ralph Gomberg, principal oboe of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at Boston University's School of Fine and Applied Arts (Mus. A.D., 1972). He was at the Aspen Music Festival for 3 summers where he played with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and was a Fellow of the Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood) where he played with the Boston Symphony Orchestras. He has been principal oboe and soloist with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras., a recitalist and member of woodwind quintets and chamber ensembles, conductor and music director of the Spokane Civic Theater Opera Orchestra and the Fort Wright College Orchestra, taught oboe, bassoon and music subjects including history, theory, orchestration form and analysis, conducting, and coached ensembles at a number of colleges and universities. He played old woodwinds in the Boston University Collegium Musicum. His dissertation, A Guide to the Study of Classical Oboe (Boston University, 1972, is one of the first modern instruction books for old instruments which combines a survey of period tutors with practical experiments on surviving historical oboes in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dr. Grush has transcibed, arranged or composed more than 200 works for recorder ensembles. He now plays in a trio with Trudy Wayne and John Geohagen, who have given many first performances of these works.
For those who are not yet listed as Members in Good Standing, this is your last chance to be included in the Directory Addendum to be published shortly. We're happy to have your participation regardless, but your membership dues allow us not only to fund our programs, but also to support other recorder playing organizations. This year, for instance, we were able to donate twenty music stands to Alsup Elementary School for their recorder training program. A printable membership renewal form can be found on our website, http://www.denverrecordersociety.org/
April general meeting, the membership unanimously elected last year's
Denver Chapter Officers to serve for the 2010-2011 Season:
Recorder Newbies, Take Notice
May’s Newbie group is not to be missed. You will have an opportunity to meet and to play with Philip Belefski, a multi-talented musician and member of Stoptime Jazz Band. He will host a session of baroque music to include selections from Bach’s Mary Magdelena Notebook as well as pieces by other well-known baroque composers. This accessible and familiar music lends itself easily to the recorder—an instrument that enjoyed its heyday during the baroque period. 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.
Members in Good Standing
Jill Adams, Louise Adler, Karen Anderson, Shirley Baker, Jo Anne Barnes, Phil Belefski, Erin Bell, Jann Benson, Rebecca Beshore, Roberta Blanc, David Brock, Paul Brunson, Kitty Comstock, Bill Conklin, Virginia Cortes, Lynda Coy, Charles Dana, Keith Emerson, Mike Emptage, Barbara Fahey, Nancy Fey, Judy Fritz, Rose Mary Glista, Elaine Granata, Janet Handmaker, Patrick Heid, Chris Hollingsworth, Deborah Horner, Phil Klos, Kent & Liz Kreider, John LeVett, Joyce Lowery, Bob McCarroll, Peggy McCreary, Lisa McInnis, Judy Miller, Paul Mimlitsch, Dick Munz, Jennifer Myers, Bruce Nelson, Ruth Neubauer, Gail Nickless, Susan Osborn, Bob Pease, Margaret Peterson, Ed Pinfield, Connie Primus, Sally Pyle, Karl Reque, Justine Romero, Miriam Rosenblum, Virginia Schlieker, Mary Scott, Mary Sloan, Pat Selby, Victoria Taylor, Rosi Terada, Gerrie Vendegna, Trudy Wayne, Susan Wilcox, Ann Williams, Madeline Zanetti, Mayianne Zwahlen. If your name does not appear on this list following the month you mail your check, please contact Dick Munz.
Oh, Hollow! Hollow! Hollow!
A Gold Star to those who recognized this highly aesthetic poem title from Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride. The Empire Lyric Players will present six performances of Patience at Shwayder Theatre, 350 South Dahlia Street, Denver, June 3, 5, 6, 10, 12 and 13. Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m.; other performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be obtained from Charlene at 303-722-5336.
Music for Sale
Large number of classical CDs for sale: flute/recorder, orchestral, opera, choral, chamber, keyboard, world music. Many with original instruments such as traverso, recorder, fortepiano, viola de gamba. All original discs in excellent condition with original inserts and artwork. Some multiple disc sets. $2.00 to $25.00. Call Julia Elliott at 303.733.6461 or email email@example.com to receive a detailed .pdf file. Discount available for quantity purchases.
Coming in October
Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October, 24 – performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 by the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Choir and Friends under the direction of Evanne Browne. The performance will be “historically informed,” and volunteers are being sought. Particular needs that may be met by Boulder chapter members: early brass players (by audition), choristers (any experience level, no audition required, a few rehearsals in Boulder over the summer), male singers for the chant choir (no audition required, some rehearsals in the fall), contacts for potential workshops or concerts featuring the guest instrumentalists (baroque violin, theorbo, cornetto, sackbutt, harpsichord).This is a major musical undertaking to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of this work. For information, contact Evanne Browne, Director of Music, First United Methodist Church in Boulder at ebrowne@ fumcboulder.org or 303-442-3770 x. 139.
New Pieces to Play!
Dick Wood of Colorado
Springs has created several recorder quartet pieces in the last
few years and they are delightful. He has graciously made them available
to all of us. The titles give them away for what they are: modern
and jazzy, but reminiscent of earlier recorder music.
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.
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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