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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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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