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November Meeting: Victoria Double Choir

DATE: Sunday, November 20, 2011
TIME: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Unity Church of Denver, 3021 South University Blvd., Denver
CONDUCTOR: James Grush

Dr. James Grush, Music Director of the Boulder Chapter of the American Recorder Society, will present a varied program of his transcriptions and arrangements, with editions by John Geohegan. As time permits:
• Rondeaux of Adam de la Halle
Dances and chansons from the Glogauer Liederbuch
Madrigals of Gibbons (including The Silver Swanne)
Settings of well-known tunes by Susato and J. S. Bach
Surprises (!) from 19th- and early 20th-century operetta and popular song…
Featured works will be two double-choir motets of Tomas Luis de Victoria (Ave Maria and O Ildephonse)

Our Leader for this Weekend

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.

President’s Message

The Denver Chapter has donated a tenor recorder to St. Mary’s Academy on South University Blvd. We had received that recorder as a donation to the Chapter, so this was an excellent use for it. We hope that we can establish a relationship with St. Mary’s recorder program. We have invited them to participate in the coming Recorder Faire, and they have invited us to provide an assembly concert. St. Mary’s has a relationship with Regis College and Mark Davenport, which fits in nicely.

Members in Good Standing

Louise Adler, Karen Anderson, Shirley Baker, Rebecca Beshore, 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, Jouce Shambaugh, Ann Sprague, Rosi Terada, Gerrie Vendegna, Diane M. Wagner, Joe Wilcox, 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

Susy Wilcox will host the November Newbie session. She has chosen to play some folk songs and familiar melodies, both in unison and in parts. Susy is a long-time recorder society member playing all voices of the recorder as well as the sackbut. She is a member of the Regis collegium and StopTime, a jazz band. Please join her for a fun afternoon.

Sunday, November 20th, 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 Payers or Groups

We're trying a new feature to help players and groups get together. 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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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#. Two 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 October led by Bruce Nelson was well attended. Nan, Kathy, Gavin & Erin, Pat, John, MaryAnne and Eve showed up to play renaissance dances in 4 and 5 parts. They had excellent ensemble -- both rhythm and intonation sounded great! They even had a discussion about hemiolas.

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 was honored to be selected to perform at the Early Music Colorado Fall Festival in October. It was a wonderful experience performing on such a nice stage and venue. Our program, "Then, Not Now" by Now & Then consisted of early dance music. Our heartfelt thanks to EMC for this honor. The next day we traveled to Longmont to perform at the Longs Peak Methodist church benefit for Meals on Wheels. The Longs Peak Dixiland Band gave a delightful performance and we played four rags including "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "The Entertainer." What fun!

November will mostly be devoted to preparing our materials for our many December gigs. Dates are being negotiated now. As these are firmed we will gladly share them with you and invite you to come to any that you can. November also brings a performance at Trinity Lutheran in Boulder the morning of November 6, playing old timey hymns, a couple of us will be performing Norweigen Hymns Nov. 20 at Broomfield Methodist and we have two other tentative dates at two Longmont restaurants. We have also been booked to play for sell out crowds at a medieval feast on January 13 and 14, 2012, at Boulder's Centaurus High School. Thanks to Patapanz for recommending our group.

You are invited to our 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

Pam Grotegut, business manager.
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On September 23rd the Renaissance and Ragtime Recorder Ensemble had the good fortune to play at Castle Marne, an 1890 Denver home which is now a bed & breakfast, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. For about two hours we played informally (yes, Renaissance pieces and music from the early 1900's), then were given a tour of the house and a delicious lunch. Judy Fritz.
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Marylebone Garden Players continues this fall in its endeavor to play all the music written over a three hundred year period. Each week the Saturday group packs in two solid hours of four, five and six part music including multi instrument baroque sonatas and double choirs. The players who come on a regular basis get as much playing in one year as if they were to go to three or four weeklong workshops. We could use some more players in the Monday group. If you know a recorder player, a flute player or a violinist or cellist who wants something to do Monday morning, please let me know. We could also use a harpischord player on Monday morning. 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 had no performances in October, but we continue to rehearse Saturday mornings to incorporate new pieces into our “book” for gigs coming up this winter.
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Denver Chapter: At our first regular music playing meeting this season, which met in October, Anne F. Peterson came to direct us supplied with over two hours of beautiful canzonas which sprang from a music-fertile section of Renaissance Italy. The six pieces we worked on are all crowd pleasers for both listening and playing. Anne dotted them with interesting commentary and directed them with easy-going clarity. Good going, Anne! It was great fun playing and I hope we see you often.
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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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