DATE: Sunday, November 18, 2012
TIME: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Unity Church of Denver, 3021 South University Blvd.,
CONDUCTOR: Michael Grace
For generations, Colorado College has had
a remarkably strong tradition of the study and practice
of music in a liberal arts context. Professor Michael Grace,
the musical leader for our November meeting, embodies that
tradition. Concerning his presentation on the eclectic subject
of “Imitative Polyphony,” he writes:
“The idea of one voice, or instrument, imitating another
has had a profound effect on the history of western music.
From the famous Reading Rota - Sumer is icumen in –
from the 13th Century, western music often depended on this
procedure to give it order, excitement, intellectual meaning
We will play examples of “imitative” music from
the 12th to the 18th Century. The compositions will include
rounds, canons, imitative polyphony from the high renaissance,
and the most famous of all imitative genres, the fugue.
We will see how imitation is sometimes exact (as in a canon)
sometimes rather free (as in much imitative polyphony of
the high renaissance), sometimes” real” (as
in a rather strict fugue) and sometimes “tonal”
when the imitative voice may find itself in another key,
and sometimes totally zany, as when the imitating voice
is upside down or backwards.
Hopefully, this will at least be fun. We all get to play
the same music, or at least something like it!”
Our Leader for this Weekend
Michael Grace has been a member of the Colorado
College faculty since 1967. Currently Professor of Music,
he has also served as President of the College, Dean of
the Summer Session, and Chairman of the Music Department.
He was Director of the Colorado College Collegium Musicum,
which he founded in 1968. He has performed with the Collegium
Musicum as an instrumentalist and in other venues in Colorado
Springs and the Rocky Mountain region. Under his direction,
the Collegium Musicum has toured Austria, China, the Czech
Republic, Germany and Italy. As a music historian, his research
has included investigations in the 17th-century oratorio,
performance practices in the Renaissance and, most recently,
the relationship between piano music and painting. He has
collaborated with his wife, concert pianist Susan Grace,
to present lecture/concerts of piano music inspired by visual
art works. He recently published an article on the music
of George Crumb and the 14th-century frescos of Giotto and
edited a festschrift for George Crumb. His teaching has
focused on music history courses for the music majors, as
well as topics courses on Mozart, American Music, Twentieth-Century
Music and interdisciplinary courses in Renaissance Culture.
will be performing a concert
Saturday, November 10,
"The Roaring Twenties:
Songs of Laughter and Longing"
The entire family is invited.
This concert will be part of the "Arts on Vine"
series at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. The performance
begins at 7 pm at the church, which is located at 1280 Vine
St. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested
to help support the performers and the “Arts on Vine”
series. “Arts on Vine” is an outreach program
of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, providing a gallery and
performance venue in Central Denver for local artists.
Feel free to break out your twenties costume (or not). You
might even Charleston in the aisle!
A highlight of our performance will be the world premier
of the recorder arrangement by David Bell (Erin’s
musically talented husband) of the “STOPTIME RAG”,
composed by none other than Scott Joplin. Imagine that.
Him composing a rag for us.
We will also be playing some other tunes new to us, mixed
in with our old favorites like “Darktown Strutters’
Ball” and “St. Louis Blues”.
We hope you will join us.
Members in Good Standing
Louise Adler (Oct), Karen Anderson (Sep),
Shirley Baker (Oct), Jann Benson (Nov), Rebecca Beshore
(Oct), Bobbie Blanc (Jan), David Brock (Nov), Paul Brunson
(Oct), Marlys Butler (Oct), Jon Casbon (Oct), Sally Collins
(Feb), Bill Conklin (Sep), Virginia Cortes (Oct), Lynda
Coy (Oct), Keith Emerson (Oct), Michael Emptage (Oct), Barbara
Fahey (Jan), Nancy Fey (Oct), Judy Fritz (Oct), Joice Gibson
(Oct), RoseMary Glista (Sep), Elaine Granata (Jan), Pam
Grotegut (Oct), Janet Handmaker (Oct), Pat Heid (Oct), Erin
and Gavin Johnson (Oct), Dot & Dan Kaufman (Feb), John
M. LeVett (Sep), Bob McCarroll (Dec), Lisa McInnis (Oct),
Pat Midyet (Jan), Judy Miller (Dec), Paul Mimlitsch (Oct),
Dick Munz (Sep), Jennifer Myers (Oct), Bruce Nelson (Sep),
Gail Nickless (Oct), Maryann O’Brien (April), Susan
Osborn (Oct), Margaret A. Peterson (Oct), Ed Pinfield (Oct),
Sally A. Pyle (Oct), Karl Reque (April), Miriam Rosenblum
(Jan), Virginia T. Schlieker (Oct), Mary Scott (Sep), Pat
Selby (Sep), Joyce Shambaugh (Oct), Mary Sloan (Nov), Ann
Sprague (Oct), Victoria Taylor (Nov), Rosi Terada (Oct),
Gerrie Vendegna (Oct), Diane M. Wagner (Oct), Trudy Wayne
(Oct), Joe Wilcox (Sep), Susan Wilcox (Nov), Richard Wood
(Nov), Madeline Zanetti (Oct), 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.
Newbies and All Denver Chapter Members
The Newbie hostess for November 2012 will
be Rosemary Glista. Rosemary has played the recorder for
four years. Previous music experience includes the violin,
piano and guitar. She plays regularly with the Marylebone
Garden Players. Rosemary, who loves early music, has selected
pieces by Praetorius, Hotteterre, Pez and Brade. They are
found in a collection titled The Recorder Consort by Steve
Rosenberg for three recorders—soprano, alto and tenor.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
12:45 to 1:45 pm,
4th and 5th Grade Classroom, second floor
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.
October Newbie Report
Five enthusiastic beginners attended the
October Newbies session led by Jon Casbon and played through
several traditional and historic English songs. Jon dittos
what all the newbie attendees feel: “The Newbies’
sessions are a great way for beginning recorder players
to gain confidence and experience in ensemble playing.”
Recorder for Sale
Moeck Denner Indian Boxwood alto recorder.
Sells new for $1085. Asking $850. Seven years old in excellent
condition and plays beautifully. Please contact Janet Handmaker
at 303-221-6066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Marylebone Garden Players meets most Saturdays at 10:00
am. We play one hour of baroque music and one hour of renaissance
music. Our Monday group is currently meeting two Mondays
a month at 9 am. The Saturday group is currently full, however,
we do have room in the Monday group if you are at least
an intermediate player.
Call me if you are interested. Bill Conklin 303-455-0837
StopTime has been working hard this past month on the numbers
for our November 10 concert. See the invitation included
in this Newsletter. It should be fun for all, and we hope
you can join us.
Fipple Jive members continue the quest for improvisation
skills every Tuesday night. Dick Munz, Steve Caminer, Joyce
Shambaugh and sometimes Pam Grotegut work out on fun exercises.
We have room for one more and would be happy to have you
work with us. Contact email@example.com.
Marylebone Players is going to start its 6th
year. Yes, we have been playing together for five years.
Our Saturday group is now an orchestra with both strings
and woodwinds. Last week we worked on a Schickhardt Concerto.
We will eventually have six concertos by Schickardt for
four alto recorders in our repertoire. Although the Saturday
session is packed, you can get on a sub list if you are
The Monday Group is meeting every other Monday and we are
concentrating on trio sonatas. There were many fantastic
sonatas for two melody instruments plus continuo written
during the Baroque and we are going to play as many as possible.
Our library contains several boxes of trio sonatas. There
is room for more players in the Monday group.
Bill Conklin 303-455-0837 firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado Springs Recorder Happenings
Four Winds Ensemble in Colorado
Springs (Paula Olmstead, Mike Richard, Rock Goldberg, Jon
Casbon (and sometimes Gretchen Goldberg!): played a mix
of Baroque, Classical, and Pop-Rock at the Monument Art
Walk August 13th. We have a gig at the Old Colorado City
Art Walk on September 7th. Various members of the group
perform frequently at the Margarita restaurant in Colorado
Members of the Wood Dove ensemble from Colorado Springs
will be performing for the October 28th meeting of the American
Music Society (AMS) at Mackenzie Place. Wood Dove is lead
by Jeannine Bramwell and has seven members, five of whom
will perform for the AMS: Paula Olmstead, Gretchen Goldberg,
Rock Goldberg, Mike Richard, and Jon Casbon.
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.: Caramillo Consort (quintet, with
Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Wood Dove Consort (sextet
or septet, with occasional guests)
Fridays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.: The Fermatas (sextet, + guests)
Fridays, 10:00-11:00: Newbies Duets and Trios
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