Celebrate Montiverdi’s 450th Birthday

We have invited Andrew Shultze to direct for our March 18 meeting, offering music from Claudio Monteverdi and featuring selections from L’ Orfeo and Scherzi Musicali, both from 1607, as well as L’Incoronazione di Poppea from 1642 in honor of Monteverdi’s 450th birthday. We will discuss early Italian Baroque ornamentation, recorder technique, and performance practice, as found in the writings of Monteverdi, Giulio Caccini, Francesco Rognoni and other contemporary sources.

Our March 2018 newsletter is here: March 2018

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Next Chicago Chapter Meeting February 18

Lisette returns on February 18, and again on April 15. We have invited Andrew Shultze to direct for our March 18 meeting, and our season closes on May 20 with our annual spring concert. For our February meeting we will run through the music for the March 4 playing session.

Our February newsletter is here:

February 2018

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Tune up for the New Year, Jan 21, 2018

Lisette Kielson returns for our January 21 meeting to lead us in jamming, and to talk about tuning techniques. Titles for playing include selections from the following:

  • Little Interlude I & Reminiscence (from HansMartin Linde’s Suite)
  • Senliche not früh und spat (Glogauer Liederbuch)
  • Frietjes by Glen Shannon
  • Peanut Vendor [El Mansiero] by Moises Simons, arranged by Stan Davis
  • And possibly Dolzflöte (from Sieben Flötentänze) by Hans Ulrich Staeps

Some of this music is available for download. Check the links under resources above.

Our latest newsletter can be found here:

January 2018


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December Newsletter

Don’t wait to sign up for our December Yuletide Concert. It’s coming up fast on the 17th! See our previous post or the newsletter for details.

Also in the newsletter are some great links that our editor, Mark Dawson collected. Enjoy!

December 2017-2

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Annual Yuletide Concert Invitation! Dec 17th, 2017

You’re invited to the Chicago ARS Yuletide Concert, 2018!

It’s time to plan for the annual Yuletide Concert at the Chicago Chapter ARS. This year’s event will be at our meeting on Sunday, December 17th, at 2 PM. All are welcome to perform, or just listen. And all types of music are welcome, seasonal and otherwise.

To be included in the program, send the name of your group and/or the names of the participants, the title of the piece(s) you plan to play, and the composers, to:

Larry Johnson at: ll_johnson1239@sbcglobal.net.

For our Holiday Feast, all are welcome to bring a favorite sweet or savory to share at the Party Table. Not at all required, but feel free to bring snacks if you’d like. (Drinks will be provided by the Board.) We hope to see you on December 17th! (at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 W. Dickens in Chicago)

– Chicago Chapter ARS Board

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October 15th with Mirja Lorenz

For the October 15 meeting Mirja Lorenz, member of the Chicago Recorder Quartet and Black Tulip, will lead us in music related to Martin Luther, for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. She also plans to lead the chapter in playing the music planned for Covenant Presbyterian on December 3.

See our latest newsletter here:

October 2017

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More Details on Sept 17th meeting

Don’t forget to join us on Sunday, September 17 at 2 PM, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 West Dickens, in Chicago.

Our music director, Lisette Kielson, will begin the meeting with some body posture and awareness exercises, breathing mechanics, and incorporate musical exercises as related to the repertoire.

The music selected for the September meeting will includes:

  • Summa by Arvo Pärt — parts
  • Chaconne by Steve Marshall — parts
  • Lentement by Linde – score
  • Syrinx by Staeps – score
  • Two Allegros by Bresgen – score

For the final hour of the meeting we will break out into groups.  Those who wish to play at the December 3 service at Covenant Church will rehearse their music. Others may form their own group(s) for ensemble playing.   A leader for a beginner group will also be available.

All music will be supplied by Lisette or by the chapter for this meeting.

Please mark your calendars and come play with us this Sunday!

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