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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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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