English 17th Century Music with Singers at Nov 20th Meeting!

On Sunday November 20th at 2 PM Andrew Schultze will lead a Workshop on English 17th Century Music.

It will feature music from ca 1600-1695, and will include works by Lanneare, Wilson, Johnson, Ives and Henry Purcell.

Among the  sources of the music to be performed are The Synopsis Of Vocal Music [1680] which includes songs in arrangements for 2 trebles and bass, Sabol’s  Four Hundred Songs and Dances from the Stuart Masque,  and Purcell’s Orpheus Britannicus and Bonduca. A complement of  singers will add to our enjoyment of the repertoire!


I look forward to seeing you all there!

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November Newsletter and Meeting

Join us on November 20th for our monthly meeting. Andrew Schultz will be leading the chapter.

The November newsletter is now available. Mark Dawson has written and excellent tribute to Louise Austin. The article is a short biography and many of our members memories of Louise. She was a remarkable woman.

November 2016 Chicago ARS Newsletter

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October Meeting and Newsletter

Our next meeting will be held on Sunday October 16th. Lisette Kielson will direct us and continue work on this years theme, Pasticcio!

Details in our October newsletter: october-2016

Please note that our membership form is at the end of the newsletter. Please fill out and return with your dues.

*** There was an error in the Newsletter. Note that for the upcoming Music of the Baroque concert featuring Mirja Lorenz and Patrick O’Malley, the Sunday October 23 concert is at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. The Monday night concert, October 24, is in downtown Chicago at the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph Drive. Both concerts are at 7:30 PM. In the newsletter, these locations were reversed.


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Louise Austin

louise-austinMany of you may have already heard the news that Louise Austin passed away on September 27th, 2016. Louise was a long time member and friend of the Chicago Chapter. Many of us who had classes or lessons from her appreciated the knowledge, wit and enthusiasm in her teaching.

A memorial service will be held this afternoon, Sunday October 2, at 2 PM at the First Congregational Church UCC. 307 W Madison St, Lake Mills, Wisconsin. You can reach out to the family at 706 Main St, Lake Mills, WI, 53661.

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Pasticcio on September 18!

We open our 2016-2017 season on Sunday, September 18 at 2 PM at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Lisette Kielson returns for her fourth season as our music director. This year’s theme: pasticcio, which means, “a work or style produced by borrowing fragments, ingredients, or motifs from various sources.”

Details in our current newsletter: September 2016

Guests are welcome! If you have not attended a meeting before, please consider attending and meeting fellow recorder enthusiasts!

A reminder for members. Please send in your membership dues or bring to a meeting.  Also, consider making a donation. The membership form is in the newsletter.

We hope to see you all there!




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Sad News, Paloma Larramendi

Patrick O’Malley sent word that our old friend Paloma Larramendi died recently at home.  She started taking recorder lessons from him 20 years ago, and was long a member of the Chicago chapter.

The family plans a memorial service at the Music Institute of Chicago on Friday, August 26 at 4 PM, in Nichols Concert Hall, with a light reception in the lobby to follow. You would be welcome to bring your instruments.  The family would like to have some recorder music to honor Paloma’s passing.

Patrick will provide music to participants in advance, so let him know if you are coming and plan to play by emailing him at pomalley@musicinst.org. You don’t need to RSVP if you don’t plan to play; he will provide an optional rehearsal at the Music Institute on Friday August 19 at 4 PM.

The Music Institute of Chicago is at 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Note that the MIC is an easy walk from both the Purple line L Stop at Davis Street and the Davis Street Metra station.

If you are interested in playing, please email Patrick. That will help him to choose music.  Please forward to any recorder players who might have known Paloma outside of MIC.

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10th Annual Portique’s Midwest Recorder Workshop – Sept. 10, 2016

Reason, Whimsy, and the Sublime
Lisette Kielson, Director
Saturday, September 10, 2016
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts – 600 N East Street, Room 231,  Bloomington, Illinois

Celebrate 10 years of workshops with Lisette in Bloomington (Illinois!). Explore music in which composers find inspiration and convey meaning through formal structure, whimsical gestures, and beauty that surpasses all. (Warning: these categories are not necessarily mutually exclusive!)

Details are here: Lisette’s workshop flyer-Sept 10, 2016

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