2013 Play the Recorder Month

2013 Play the Recorder Month
Our 21st celebration of Play-the-Recorder Month (PtRM) took place in March 2013.  Saturday, March 16, 2013, was designated Recorder Day!  Chapters from all over the country celebrated by holding events that showcased and promoted the recorder.

ARS held its annual PtRM Contest, judged by the (newly renamed) Chapters, Consorts & Recorder Orchestras Committee. All 3 of the winning entries included performances of the special ARS PtRM piece by Will Ayton, Porque Llorax.Ranier Beckman leads monthly playing session
    For the second year in a row, Philadelphia Recorder Society won first prize, this year a gift certificate from Honeysuckle Music in St. Paul, MN.   PRS activities included a whopping 14 events!  Some highlights included inviting residents of the Cathedral Village Retirement Center (their chapter meeting place) to listen in on their monthly playing session led by Director Rainer Beckmann (photo right);  the PRS Performance Group (Dody Magaziner, Hiroko Manabe, Liz Snowdon, Molly Garrett, Joanne Ford, and Sarah West)PRS Performance Group presenting a program of American music at a community center for adults; a trio (Magaziner, John Gangswisch, Charles Gabriel) performing during several lunch hours at the Suburban (Train) Station in Center City Philadelphia (and collecting donations of $70!);  the Hillview Consort giving 2 performances to retirees which included a description of the recorder and its history.  Two members (Soyeon Choi and Nathan Knispel) are on an academic fellowship in Rome and performed Gastoldi duets for friends.

PRS activities were not limited to adults. Music teacher Miriam Arbelo's Fountain Woods Elementary School Arbelo students perform at luncheon for senior citizens.Recorder Sinfonia (photos left and below) performed for a senior citizens' luncheon, and Molly Garrett introduced a complete set of recorders to her Head Start class or 3, 4 and 5 year-olds.Arbelo's students







Hillview Consort performing




Hillview Consort performing at their senior community, Hillview in Coatesville, PA



Rich Kaufmann, Hannah Kaufmann and Judith Schermer







Rich & Hannah Kaufman with Judith Schermer Performing for their son Dan and his friend Paul who came from Arlington, VA and were visiting for Passover.


First runner-up was the Sacramento Recorder Society (photo below); they will receive a gift certificate from  Lazar's Early Music in Sunnyvale, CA.  SRS events (there were 8!) took place in churches, schools and a theater and included Sacramento Recorder Societyperformances by members and other musicians.  One ensemble, in costume, participated in a Renaissance Faire at a K-12 school.  They played for dancers and demonstrated their instruments for and played music with a 4th grade class.  At another school, an SRS member played recorder for and with a medieval history and dance class.   Glen Shannon conducted an ensemble in some of his compositions at a noontime concert.  The chapter's monthly meeting included playing Porque Llorax  both as written and on low instruments (this recording can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dClhpgeY5X4 ).



Honorable mention chapter, Phoenix Desert Pipes also uploaded their Porque Llorax performance to YouTube
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVTgP1Ro4mc&feature=youtube_gdata ) on Recorder Day!   The Desert Pipes are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year!  They will receive a gift certificate from Boulder Early Music.

The Alabama Recorder Consort was the group with the largest increase in membership this year.  They will receive a gift certificate from the Von Huene Workshop of  New England in Brookline, MA.

Other ARS groups that held events during PtRM follow:
The Albuquerque Recorder Orchestra (performing as the ARO Consort) performed their concert entitled The Birds and the Beasts on March 23 at the Main Library in downtown Albuquerque. They had a variety of music about animals collected by Kees Onneweer, featuring Ruthann Janney singing two of the nightingale songs and Nan Simpson’s gemshorns in The Sweet Suffolk Owl. Performing were Ray Hale, Ruthann Janney, Kees Onneweer, Karen Rathge, Carolyn Shaw, and Nan Simpson.

The Greater Cleveland Chapter presented a free concert on March 16 (Recorder Day!) at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.  A good-sized, appreciative audience attended this informal event.  Two chapter ensembles participated.  The Queensbridge Consort (Barbara Perkins, Carolyn Peskin, David Pierce, Don Shaffer, and Edith Yerger) played Renaissance,  Baroque, and folk music as well as Will Ayton's setting of Porque Llorax, and The South Park Trio (Judy Erlichman, Dr. Jerry Goldberg, and Carolyn Peskin), assisted by David Pierce, played a Handel chaconne and three English madrigals.  With a nod to St. Patrick's Day, chapter friend David Groesbeck performed several Irish folk tunes on unaccompanied alto recorder.

John Burkhalter at Labyrinth BookstoreJohn Burkhalter of the Princeton Recorder Society celebrated PtRM with "pop-up" performances at four locations March 29 and 30. To the acclaim of young and old, John played tunes from The Beggar's Opera arranged by Johann Christoph Pepusch and various music composed by Jacob van Eyck. John performed at three venues at Princeton University: in lobby areas of the art museum, music department building and main library. He also played at the Princeton Public Library in the children's area and the lobby and at the Labyrinth book store in downtown Princeton. At each performance, copies of the Princeton Recorder Society's flyer encouraging people to take up the recorder were available.
Music for the Beggar's Opera selections came from a 1728 edition in the Rare Book and Special Collections Department of the Princeton University Library.

Westchester Recorder GuildThe Westchester Recorder Guild (WRG) (photo below) performs on a regular basis for services at  Emanuel Lutheran Church of Pleasantville, NY.   On March 10, under the direction of Music Director Karen Snowberg, ten members of WRG played the liturgy, hymns, incidental music, and accompanied the choir on two anthems. Selections played for the prelude and offertory were taken from the English Cathedral tradition of the 16th to 17th centuries.  On March 17th WRG was again represented at a church service when La Spiritata Recorder Quartet played at the Presbyterian Church of Yorktown Heights, New York. Quartet members Erica Babad, Jeff Kephart, Ron Nelson and Karen Snowberg (director) played recorders from contra bass up to soprano, much to the delight of the congregation.
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