September 15, 2019 Meeting – Molto Espressivo!

Lisette Kielson

For our 61st season, 2019-2020, Lisette Kielson returns for her sixth year as our music director. She plans to devote her five chapter meetings to the comprehensive theme “Molto Espressivo!”

What makes for a musical performance? For expressive playing? Is there always something more to say, or a better way to say it? Whether presented with soaring melodies, clashing dissonances, or intricate rhythms, we will consider our technical (and musical!) approach and address tone, articulation, breathing, musical weight, and more in order to capture the essence of the composer’s expressive vision.
September 15 Lisette, introducing a new recorder orchestra piece by Glen Shannon, his “Friendship Canzona,” as well as music by Timothy Broege and Raymond Scott.

Here is our newsletter: September 2019

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Spring concert and members summertime activities!

Here are some pictures of our members summertime activities. First some pictures from the spring concert.

Dennis Sherman and the Baron’s Noyes held a porch concert at Mark Dawson’s residence this summer in the city.











Many of our members attended the WSEMS summer picnic!








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2019 – 2020 Season Welcome

Greetings from the ARS President and Board!

Welcome to the Chicago chapter’s 2019-2020 season! After the deadly summer heat this year, I’m sure we’re all looking forward to some really ‘cool’ playing sessions. Lisette Kielson will again be our director for five sessions, with the other two featuring the ever-popular ‘TBA’. Also, don’t forget about our concerts in December and May. We encourage all who will to perform, in solo or in consort, so start searching for that perfect piece to share. Our concerts have proved to be very enjoyable, so please remember to invite your family and friends! As always, feel free to invite all of your recorder-playing friends to attend our monthly meetings. Especially in music, it’s really “the more the merrier”! For your edification, the meeting schedule for this season follows:

  • Sept 15 – Lisette (including a new recorder orchestra piece from Glen
    Shannon, among other selections)
  • Oct 20 – TBA
  • Nov 17 – Lisette
  • Dec 15 – Christmas concert
  • Jan 19 – Lisette
  • Feb 16 – Lisette
  • Mar 15 – TBA
  • Apr 19 – Lisette
  • – May 17 – Spring concert
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Summer Doldrums?

Half way thru summer, are you looking for some recorder related activities? Here are two.
The Pippins, a madrigal group, plans to offer a free porch concert in the Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago on Sunday August 25 at 5 PM. The Pippins will be singing from the porch of the two flat at 2425 West Leland. The concert is free, and we plan to be joined by the recorder ensemble, the Baron’s Noyse. Both groups perform music mostly from the medieval period and the Renaissance.
The house is a block from the Western Avenue L stop on the Brown line, and the #49 Western Avenue bus stops close to the house as well. Street parking is available but I recommend relying on public transportation instead if possible. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. We have two large shady trees in our parkway to shield you from the August sun.
Also, join the West Suburban Early Music Society for their summer picnic and pot luck on Sunday, August 11 at the Friends Meeting House, 5710 Lomond Avenue in Downers Grove, from 2 to 5 PM. Bring a dish to pass if you like. The church is located near Maple Avenue and Interstate 355. From 355, take the ramp and go east on Maple for .4 miles and turn right (south) to Lomond street. The church is located on the right. You could also walk about a mile and a half from the Metra train station at Belmont Avenue.
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May Meeting – Spring Concert

Our spring concert will be on May 19, 2019. Details in the newsletter:

May 2019

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Pics from the April Workshop!

The April Workshop with Clea Galhano was a great success! Works from the Renaissance to Bossa Nova were explored. Here are some pictures from the event.

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April 14 Meeting, Second Sunday!

Lisette returns April 14, the second Sunday of the month (the third Sunday, April 21, is Easter), where she plans to provide a review of the 2019-2019 season, including John Wilbye’s Softly, o softly, drop my eyes from November, Gabrieli’s Canzona seconda from January, and Peter Beck’s 14 Days in Georgia from February. This is the last regular meeting of the year, and the day after our workshop with Clea Galhano. We close the season May 19 with our spring concert.

Our April newsletter is now available: April 2019

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Corrected Form for April Workshop

The address for mailing resgistration has been corrected. Please use the new version of the form.

Workshop Flyer 2019

Thank You!

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Felix, Austria – March 17, 2019 Meeting!

For our March 17 meeting, Andrew Schultze leads us for “Felix Austria!” Inspired by his four-concert fall tour of Austria with the ensemble Affetti Musicali, the session will present a survey of Hapsburg Empire music for recorders from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, including works from the Austrian National Library, which celebrates its 651st anniversary in 2019. We will play through music from its archives written by Emperor Leopold I himself, as well as pieces by Antonio Draghi, Heinrich Isaac, Heinrich Finck, adding some well-known popular songs of Emperor Leopold’s time. Of special interest will be anonymous arrangements for recorders of music from the recently published Marianne Ronez/Ernst Kubitschek edition of the Gottweig Manuscript of music for the viola d’amore.

Our March newsletter is out: March 2019

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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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