March 15 meeting cancelled

Sorry to disappoint at this late date, but we’ve decided to cancel the ARS meeting for tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 15.

By this afternoon, there was only a very small number of people who planned to attend, and after talking to Andrew Schultze, we believe that his program would be much better enjoyed with a larger number of players.

Also, to paraphrase our great Illinois governor, we’d rather be accused of being overcautious than to cause harm to anyone by not being cautious enough.

Fortunately, Andrew will be happy to reschedule his program of French Baroque music, from the time of Lully, on any future meeting date that works out for all of us.

So, stay home, stay healthy and we’ll plan on regrouping in April, with Lisette Kielson once again directing.

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March 15th and The French Baroque!

Andrew Schultze leads us on March 15 with music from the French Baroque, with plans to mark the 350th anniversary of the collaboration between two 17th century giants of the arts, composer and performer Jean-Baptiste Lully and playwright Moliere, in “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.” Andrew plans to provide dialogues from the play and invite recorder players to read them aloud (in English) to the accompaniment of music written by Lully specifically for this work. In his program, Andrew will also include music by Louis XIII, Jean Phillipe Rameau, Michel Corrette and other minor composers of the era.

Our newsletter is now available for March 2020

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Some Pictures from The February Meeting!



















Thank you Peter Beck for the photos.

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February 2020 Meeting

On Sunday February 16 Lisette will lead the chapter meeting in readings of Giovanni Priuli’s “Canzone a 7”, Sören Sieg’s “kinyongo” (from his African Suite #4), and Glen Shannon’s “Friendship Canzona” which we will perform at our Spring Concert in May.

Our February newsletter is now available: February 2020

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January 2020 Meeting

Happy new year everybody! We closed out the new year with a very successful holiday concert. About sixty people in the audience. We also enjoyed a performance the recorder club from the Roosevelt Middle School in River Forest led by Mona Mann.

Mona Mann and some of her students.

Roosevelt Middle School Recorder Club performs for the Chicago Chapter ARS.

Our next meeting will be January 19th. Lisette Kielson returns in January to lead us in music by William Byrd, the six-part “Christ Rising Again” and our own Peter Beck’s four-part arrangement of the English ballad “Willy O’Winsbury.” And we plan to continue work on our spring concert selection, Glen Shannon’s “Friendship Canzona” as well as the “Abendlied” piece for the Folk Music Festival in February.

Details on all the above, plus more can be found in our newsletter: January 2020

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Annual Holiday Concert Sunday December 15

Our annual Yuletide Concert for the Chicago Chapter is coming up, Sunday December 15 at 2 PM. 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

Note that the Chicago Recorder Quartet is planning to perform! Feel free to bring some snacks to share, and plan to stay after the concert and holiday festivities to join in some jamming to close the season together.

The latest newsletter is now available: December 2019 Newsletter

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Pictures from November 2019 Meeting

Some photos from our last meeting taken by Peter Beck.

Larry Johnson on a Paetzold recorder.

Lynette Comley and Mark Dawson on recorders. Paul Schmidt on a serpent.

Jenifer Buckley on the soprano.

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November 17th Meeting Announcement

For the November Meeting, Lisette continues her “Molto Espressivo” theme and leads the group in works by among others, Henry Purcell and Ludwig Senfl, as well as Glen Shannon’s Friendship Canzona. Also, we will rehearse a selection from September’s or November’s meeting for the Yuletide concert. There was talk of playing the Rheinberg piece as a chapter. It is time to think about what you would like to play for December 15

Our November 2019 newsletter is now available.

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Pics from the October 2019 Meeting

Thank you Peter Beck!

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The Lost Generation – October 20th

Join us on October 20th, when Gail Gillespie brings a program of music by the “Lost Generation” of early Renaissance composers, between Josquin and the era of Lassus and Palestrina. Gail will lead us in exploring pieces by Gombert, Clemens, and Willaert, plus early madrigals.

Our October 2019 newsletter is now available.

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