January 2010 Newsletter

Big Band Recorders

DATE: Sunday, January 17, 2010

TIME: 2:00 p.m.

PLACE: Victoria Taylor's Home


The January meeting will be at Victoria Taylor's home, not at our usual church location. Please call Dick Munz (303-286-7909), Bruce Nelson (303-755-7808), Janet Handmaker (303-221-6066), or Paul Brunson (303-451-5967) if you need directions. This should be a wonderful change of pace for us, playing jazz music in Victoria's lovely home. Thanks go out in advance to Victoria for being such a gracious, wonderful hostess!

In this program, StopTime members will conduct individual section rehearsals (soprano, alto, tenor, bass/great bass/humongous bass/sackbut,etc.) in some big band and quartet numbers. The big band numbers will be "China Town" and "After You've Gone". Then we will convene in the great hall to make a full orchestra and create a recorder big band sound. This should be great fun for all. Refreshments will be served.

Our Leaders for This Meeting

StopTime is one of the Chapter's ambassadors to the outside world. StopTime focuses on jazzy music, including rag, dixieland, and swing. StopTime players include Philip Belefski, Erin Bell, Gary Gregor, Janet Handmaker, Dick Munz, Ed Pinfield, and Susy Wilcox, and together they have performed before nearly a thousand people this past year, publicizing the fun of playing the recorder.

Play Jewish music

Janet Handmaker is hosting an open playing session on January 6th from 2:00-4:00 at her home near the tech center. There's room for 5 in her music room, so please RSVP at (303) 221-6066 or recorderteache@comcast.net. The music is challenging and someone at an intermediate playing level would be comfortable.

Twelfth Night in Greece

Saturday, Jan 9, 2010, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Berkeley Community UCC Church, 3701 W. 50th Ave., Denver (one block west of Regis).
$20 adults, $10 seniors/students
Greek food, entertainment, music, plenty of vegetarian selections. Period adornment encouraged.
Bring your own table service: No paper or plastic, please.
RSVP by January 6th: 303-422-1659

President's Message

1) Dues. Bruce has declared Jan. 10 the cutoff day for Directory listing. If you want to be listed (of course you do) then you need to have your application and dues in by then. For that matter, if you want a copy of the Directory, the same deadline applies. Don't miss out.
2) Dance. Paul has put together a terrific workshop for March. Be certain that it's on your calendar and enroll now.
3) History. Jennifer is starting to put documents on our website as they come in. Find what you have and send them to me. Yours may be the missing link. Not you. Your documents.


Denver Chapter Recorder Workshop/Event

The Denver Chapter's March activity will be truly unique. Paul Brunson has programmed an all-day event in lieu of the normal third Sunday meeting. This new event will include recorder players (and other instrumentalists as well) learning English country dance music, then playing for (and perhaps dancing with) English country dance aficionados brought in specially for this event. No way would you want to miss this.

You can download thefull announcement and the enrollment form from our website, www.DenverRecorderSociety.org. Print out the announcement, fill in the registration form and mail it and your check to Paul Brunson.

Note that the regular third Sunday session of the Denver Chapter will not be held in March, and the program previously scheduled will be held in May instead.

I'm looking forward to being there and I'm hoping you are too.

Dick Munz

Newbie Meeting Announcement

There will be no Newbie Group meeting in January. It will resume in February.

Members in Good Standing

Jill Adams, Karen Anderson, Shirley Baker, 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, John LeVett, Joyce Lowery, Bob McCarroll, Peggy McCreary, Lisa McInnis, Judy Miller, 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.

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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Fipple Jive now has two sessions per week, one at 7:00pm on Tuesday evenings, and one at 11:00am on Saturday mornings. The Tuesday evening sessions are held in Thornton and the Saturday morning sessions are usually held in Lakewood. These are drop-in sessions and anyone is welcome. We focus on developing the skills that are needed to play without resort to printed music and that let us improvise on tunes we know. At the moment and for the foreseeable future we will be arpeggiating commonly used chords. For more information, contact Dick Munz at dickmunz@gmail.com or 303-286-7909
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Marylebone Garden Players continues with our weekly Saturday and Monday meetings. We are systematically reviewing music from 1200 to 1800. I have been collecting music for about 40 years so I have a large collection. We can play all combinations of recorders with other soft instruments, plus baroque sonatas for up to 5 melody instruments. Early next year, I will be searching the community for modern woodwind players and modern violinists who would like to play this early music. Of course a violinist can easily fit in with a baroque bow and a modern woodwind player simply needs to learn to play a recorder or a wooden flute. So if you are a recorder player who has yet to contact me to play in one of our groups, please let me know you are interested.

It appears to me that the younger generation is not very interested in recorders, however, there are many of these players in the community orchestras around town. I don't think we are going to be able to rely on people who play recorder or the gamba if we really want to be serious about playing all the wonderful music from the early period of music history.

If you are a recorder player who wants to play with us, call me ASAP, while I have some room left. Bill Conklin 303-455-0837
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The Renaissance & Ragtime Recorder Ensemble was joined by a (literal) couple of visitors in November and December. They're from northern Michigan and were in Colorado visiting relatives, but they needed a recorder fix and were referred to us. We enjoyed having them, and they had so much fun that they're planning to stay longer next fall!
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Sunday, Jan17 at 1:30 p.m., the Colorado Springs Chapter ARS January program will be led by Dick Wood. The title is "Some Beatles, some Joplin and some of R U Gene's stuff" (That's Dick). Room 20 of Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus (basement entrance).
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The Wayward Clefs had an interesting experience recording ourselves with a new portable digital recorder. We recorded a three part piece "Trio" (Allegro Moderato, Andante and Waltz), which we had played last April at a soiree in Boulder. Sylvia Hazlerig, who composed the piece in the 1960s, learned of our effort with her tune through the Early Music Colorado Newsletter and requested that we make her a recording. Sylvia lives in Crestone, Colorado and is very active with her own Music Hall there. We tried using a bit of percussion and recorded two versions of her Waltz movement alternating bass and alto recorders. The recording process opened our eyes to how difficult making a quality recording can be, with every breath and intonation (and missed note!) captured faithfully. We had a lot of laughs, false starts, faulty recorders, etc., but finally succeeded after numerous takes. We made an amateur CD from the recording and sent a copy to Sylvia as a surprise Christmas gift. She was very pleased and reports that her composition, which sold for $1 in the 1970s, is now available again through Berandol Music Company for $15.95, so she can start receiving royalty checks - way to go Sylvia!
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In December the Newbie Group enjoyed playing Christmas, Chanukah, secular and religious music. Virginia Schlieker hosted the group of three. The Newbie Group gives newer players an opportunity to play small ensemble music in a safe setting.
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Recorders for Sale

Zenon Alto (maple) $100, Zenon Tenor (cherry) $140. Both in very good condition. Contact Paul Brunson, 303-451-4967, pbruns1@comcast.net

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.


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Note: any donation you may choose to make to the Denver Chapter ARS is fully tax-deductable.
Denver Chapter ARS
Dick Munz
1616 E. 78th Avenue, #19
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Denver Chapter Membership Dues*:
$60.00 individual
$32.50 student

Friends of the Denver Chapter Dues:
$20.00 individual
$10.00 student

*Membership dues include National ARS dues for calendar year 2010.

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