September 2010 Newsletter
Block Fluting the Boys From Liverpool
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Dick Wood's meeting last year was a lot of fun, and this one promises to be also. We will be playing Dick's arrangements of Beatles tunes, including Blackbird, Michelle, When I'm 64, All My Loving, Hey Jude, and Martha My Dear, among others. Instruments other than recorders are welcome.
Our Leader for This Meeting
was a musician and made the mistake of giving me piano lessons when
I was a kid. I wouldn't practice, hated the finger exercises, and
it all ended one day with both of us in tears. Meanwhile, I did
fool around on the piano black keys right up through high school.
During my 3-year stint in the Navy I was on a ship big enough to
have a "musical instruments locker," which gave me access
to everything from accordion to clarinet to guitar. By the time
I got to college I had acquired a superficial understanding of chords
and how they fit the songs we sang at the fraternity house. When
my kids got in to school bands and orchestras, I'd try out their
instruments on the sly.
Recorder Newbies in for a Real Treat
make room in your schedule for Sunday’s 9/19/2010 meeting. It is
not to be missed. The vivacious Lisa McInnis, gamba and recorder
player will present “Fancies, ” which will include 3, 4, and 5 part
compositions by Michael East and Orlando Gibbons, two early 17th
century composers. Lisa is one of just a few players in Colorado
who plays a contrabass recorder. She has agreed to demo it for the
group. You may be quite surprised at its size. The Newbie session
gives newer players an opportunity to play small ensemble music
in a safe setting. If you know some fingerings and can read a little
music, this session is for you. The Newbies meeting is free of charge
and open to the public. Drop-ins welcome.
Denver Chapter Officers for the 2010-2011 Season
As part of the move to foster greater cooperation among the Colorado recorder organizations, we have set up a Colorado-wide calendar of events using Google Calendar. This calendar is up and functioning now. It is partially filled in with information for a number of recurring, open events.
For the calendar to reach its full usefulness, it should eventually include all open recorder events in Colorado, and particularly all special recorder events. The procedure for listing an event in the calendar is to email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will appear in the calendar shortly. If you want an email announcement of the event to be sent to all Colorado recorder players, you may request that service at the same time.
To access the calendar,
click on this url:
I suggest that when you have it displayed, you add it to your favorites list in your browser.
You will not be able
to edit this calendar and if you try to edit an entry and give up,
Google may return you not to our calendar, but to an imagined calendar
of your own. Close that calendar and our calendar will be there.
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.
Denver Chapter ARS Program for the 2010-2011 Season
Dick Wood Beatles
Keyboard Instruments for Sale
Roland digital harpsichord, Classic 50; walnut case, 5 harpsichord stops with 6 temperaments, 2 organ stops, and 1 string stop, transposition capability, etc. Excellent condition; overhauled 2004. $500.
Spinet harpsichord handmade by Hugh Craig (England), cherry wood, boxwood keys with ivory-capped sharps. Purchased c. 1986, overhauled 2005 by Dana Ciul, excellent condition. Includes hard shipping case. Today’s purchase price for similar new instrument (Gem Traditional) by Craig is over $8000 (£5417) plus tax and shipping (www.harpsichord.co.uk). $5000.
For further information, please call or e-mail Connie Primus at (303) 933-1774. Offers will be considered.
Rocky IX Workshop Announced for May, 2011
The next "Rocky" workshop in Estes Park will feature Glen Shannon, Mark Davenport and Anne Peterson. We have reserved rooms in the new Long's Peak Lodge for the weekend of May 20 - 22, 2011. Mark your calendar, and stay tuned for details!
Recorders For Sale
The following recorders
have been donated to our chapter and are now up for sale. These
recorders are most likely over 15 years old and will be available
at the September 19th meeting. For more information call Janet Handmaker
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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