Thanks Ben and Mark!

This submission from Valerie DePriest came to late for the newsletter.

A heartfelt thanks to retiring president, Ben Eisenstein, and vice-president, Mark Dawson for their 5 years of service to our chapter.  During their time as officers they have organized our participation in the U. of C. Folk Festival, Make Music Chicago, Play the Recorder Month, our tribute luncheon for Hilde Staniulis, and our biennial recorder workshops.  They were instrumental in the hiring of Lisette Kielson as our director, and scheduled our guest leaders for our monthly playing sessions  Their dedication to our chapter and to community music making are so very appreciated.  We are very fortunate to have Mark continuing on producing our newsletter, and we know both will continue be active and contributing CARS members.  Thank you Ben and Mark!

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May 21 – Concert and Music Sharing

This spring concert will be a little different. We will miss some regulars due to other commitments, illness, and a medieval music festival in Michigan the same weekend that will draw away some of our members. What does that mean? Opportunity! Some of you who attend and maybe perform only with the chapter or only with the Oak Park Recorder Society, here is your chance to be a star. Let’s have some duets and trios and quartets that have not been featured before.

Details in the May 2017 Newsletter.

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Successful Workshop with Anne Timberlake

The Chicago Chapter had a very successful workshop led by Anne Timberlake. Anne worked with the chapter on articulation principles, then had the participants apply what they learned to music written by a rogues’ gallery of composers!

Chicago Chapter ARS workshop led by Anne Timberlake

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Workshop April 8 and April 23 Monthly Meeting

Please send in your workshop flyer now! Our workshop with Anne Timberlake is on April 8, 2017 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 West Dickens. This is our regular monthly meeting place. We will play all day, starting at 9:30 and ending at 4 with a break for lunch, and will start with an hour or two of work on how, where, and why to articulate with recorder, and then move into the workshop theme, “Bad Boys.” The fee will be $65 for members and $75 for non-members.

Join us for our April meeting, when Lisette returns. We will be meeting on Sunday April 23, not April 16, because the third Sunday of April is Easter.

Details and more in our April newsletter.

April 2017

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March Newsletter Now Available

Our next meeting will be March 19th and led by our own Dennis Sherman. Be sure to join us. Since it is March and it is play the recorder month, lets celibate by bringing a friend!

Our current newsletter can be found here:


anne-timberlakeThere is still time to sign up for our April workshop with Anne Timberlake! Improve your technical skills and while sampling the music of spies, lechers, debtors, drunkards, murderers, and cranks. The brochure can be found here:


This workshop may be of interest to recorder players. The subject of this workshop is Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony:

See you all at the March Meeting!

Note there is an error in the newsletter.  The Chicago Recorder Quartet’s performance is at Byron Colby Barn on March 19 at 4 PM The correct address for the site is 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake, not 32400 North Harris Road as reported.

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57th University Of Chicago Folk Festival

The Chicago Chapter performed and hosted a jam session at the University of Chicago’s 57th Folk Festival. It was directed by Lisette Kielson. It was very successful and many of the audience members brought recorders to the Jam Session!

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Baroque in Feburary!

Join us on February 19th when our guest leader will be Mirja Lorenz. Mirja will offer a program of baroque music. This will include music of Boismortier!mirjalorenz1

Our February newsletter is now available:

February newsletter

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