Chicago Chapter at the University of Chicago Folkfest 2019

The Chicago Chapter of the ARS participated in the 2019 edition of the University of Chicago Folk Festival. The following picture was submitted by Mark Dawson.

Chicago Chapter ARS at U of C Folk Festival 2019

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Spring 2019 Workshop Announced for April 13!

Mark your calendar and register now for the Spring workshop with Clea Galhano.

Join us as we learn to put more life in our music, using gesture, articulation and phrasing to interpret Spanish rhythms and playful Irish dances. We will also learn to apply robust Italian “affetti” or “musical passions and feelings,” to a wide-ranging repertory, from the European Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary Brazil. In our “Musical Mosaic Through Time”, selections will encompass works of Tomas Luis de Victoria, John Wilbye, G.F. Handel, traditional Celtic, and Brazil’s Ari Barroso.

Details on the Workshop Flyer 2019

We also have for printing and sharing a Workshop Poster 2019.

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Viva Italia and Recorders Feb 17th!

Lisette Kielsen will return to our February meeting on the 17th. She will be directing us in a program entitled ‘Viva Italia’. We will also play a piece composed by one of our members, Peter Beck.

We hope you can come out and join us!

Our February 2019 newsletter is now out:

February 2019

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Fancy That – Our January 20th Meeting!

Lisette returns on January 20 for Fancy That: Fantasias, Canzonas, and Fugues.Our January 20th meeting will incorporate listening and imitative exercises and the following musical selections from Italy, England, and Germany:

  • Canzona seconda by Giovanni Gabrieli (IMSLP)
  • Dorick Fantasy #2, John Bull (published by Corda)
  • Fugue (from Well-Tempered Clavier I, BWV 846) by J.S. Bach (IMSLP)

Check the download page for parts on the Gabrieli and Bach. If you are practicing ahead, in the Bach Fugue, the ‘tenor’ part is better played on alto, leaving out the low E in measure 5.

Our monthly newsletter can be found here January 2019.

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Yuletide Concert, Dec 16th!

Our next meeting is the annual Yuletide Concert. Everyone is welcome to perform, or just listen, and all types of music are also welcome, seasonal or otherwise. This year’s event is on Sunday December 16 at 2 PM. To be included in the program, send the name of your group, the names of the participants, the names of the pieces you plan to play, and the composers, to Larry Johnson at

As a special treat, our own local Chicago Recorder Quartet will be performing a concerto this year. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear a really wonderful professional ensemble!

Afterwards, please stay to join us for our Holiday buffet. All are welcome to bring a favorite snack or sweet to share. Not required, but feel free to bring something if you’d like. We hope to see you on December 16th at 2 PM, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 W. Dickens.

Our latest newsletter is now available. December 2018

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November 18 Meeting – Tomato, Tomahto

Join us for the November meeting with our regular music director Lisette Kielson. We will be playing English music. Viols and other early instruments welcome!



Our November newsletter is now available: November 2018


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Next Meeting – German Baroque with Mirja Lorenz

On October 21 we welcome Mirja Lorenz as our director, a member of Black Tulip and of the Chicago Recorder Quartet. Mirja will direct us in a program of music by Northern German organ players and composers of the early Baroque. This music will include pieces by a variety of musicians, including Samuel Scheidt and his teacher Jan Sweelink, as well as Johan Schein and Dietrich Buxtehude.

Details and more on the Chicago recorder scene in our newsleter: October 2018

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