President’s Message

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the premier performance of the Coburn Conservatory’s Baroque Ensemble led by Ian Pritchard of Tesserae fame and it was an incredible performance of several Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi pieces by young, enthusiastic students. It made me realize how fortunate we are in Southern California to have such a dynamic and growing early music scene. As I look over the concert calendars that I have included in the OCRS newsletters of the last 6 years, I was reminded of the many groups and individuals who have contributed to this growth that now goes back several decades as well as the several new groups that have appeared recently.  Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble bringing choral music to Los Angeles since 1968, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (1968): Baroque Conversations, built upon a tradition of joyous music-making performed by exceptional artists, the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival with Elizabeth Blumenstock presenting an astounding wealth and diversity of Baroque music in a wide variety of ways since 1981, Con Gioia with Preethi de Silva, Los Angeles Baroque Players, and the Harpsichord Center Artist Series with Tony Brasier bringing outstanding performances on period instruments, Musica Angelica bringing some of the best Baroque musicians from across the country and Europe since 1993, the USC Thornton School of Music’s Early Music program with Adam and Rotem Gilbert who, since 2005 who have done so much to bring world-wide recognition and a host of students to this genre as well as outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship in the field of early music education, Tesserae Baroque Ensemble of Los Angeles with Alexandra Opsahl and Ian Pritchard bringing intimate chamber music of the early 17th century to the splendor of large-scale Venetian polychoral music since 2010, and UCLA’s Early Music Ensemble dedicated to Western vocal and instrumental music from historical periods prior to 1800, More recently several groups have burst on the scene: Los Angeles Baroque—LA’s only community Baroque orchestra, founded by violinist Lindsey Strand-Polyak and cellist Alexa Haynes-Pilon in 2016, and most recently, Delirium Musicum, founded in 2018, (winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions) with its exciting dynamic playing style 

And these are just a few of the many groups and offerings available. As the 2017–2018 season draws to a close take a look at this month’s Concert Calendar for some exciting events and please support the early music scene here in Southern California with your attendance and donation to continue this wonderful tradition.

—Win Aldrich

 

Refreshments

We want to thank Judy Seki, Lee & Bill Waggener and David Thomforde for bringing the refreshments for the April meeting. We would also like to thank the Lieblang family and Jayanthi (Jay) Wijekoon for always helping with the clean-up after the break.

Marie Lee, Susan Marquez, and Mike Nicholes will be bringing the refreshments for the upcoming May meeting.

Please contact Jim Forrest: stringpresser@earthlink.net, or 626-333-3443 to sign up for a turn to treat the group, or catch him at the next meeting to sign up.

Music Availability

Sheet music for each monthly meeting is available at the OCRS website, www.ocrecorders.org. The pdf files for the music are usually available a few days before the meeting. If your computer for some reason lacks a program for reading PDFs, click here to obtain the copy of Adobe Reader applicable to your computer system—select operating system, language, and version and then click on “Download Now”.

Sheet music is provided at the meeting only for those who have paid the sheet music printing fee in addition to their membership dues.

If you indicated that you will print your music and you’re unable to do so for a particular meeting, you will need to contact another member to ask him or her to print your music for you. If you can’t contact another member, please arrive at the meeting early and ask another member whether you can look on to his or her sheet music for the evening.

Soprano players please also bring another size recorder and print the music for that part. This gives the conductor the opportunity to balance the parts for each piece.

 

OCRS Dues

A membership application is included here. Please pay your dues before or at the meeting. Please include a completed membership application with your dues payment in order to provide OCRS with your up-to-date contact information and your election whether to print your own sheet music.

If you intend to pay your dues in cash at the meeting, please complete the membership application and place it in an envelope with your money, write your name on the outside of the envelope, and then seal the envelope before giving it to the Treasurer. If paying by check at the meeting, please paper-clip or staple your check to your completed application. Alternatively, you may mail your dues check and completed application to the Treasurer at the address shown on the application.

Susan Mason

President’s Message

On Saturday, March 24th , the “Bach in the Subway LA” was held all day in downtown at Union Station. The crowds in the morning were impressive, and in the afternoon the crowds swelled with people returning from the “March For Our Lives”. For those of you that did not attend you missed some wonderful performances by LA Recorder Orchestra, Los Angeles Baroque, Noir Saxophone Quartet (who knew Bach could sound so good on saxophones), Roger Lebow on cello, Hollywood Hills Recorder Association, Rio Hondo Consort, and Doug Forbes on bass and Mark Achuff on guitar among may others.. What a fun, festive, and free day of beautiful music- do not miss it next year, it is definitely worth the trip.

With the election of officers for the 2018–2019 season coming up in June, I have included in this month’s newsletter the OCRS Bylaws concerning the duties of officers and the nomination process. This month we need to select 3 members to be on the Nomination Committee who will work to prepare a slate of officers for next year. These both are your opportunity to give back to OCRS and offer your help in keeping our all-volunteer organization thriving and moving forward. So step up and volunteer. 

—Win Aldrich

Refreshments

We want to thank Alva Marques-Walters, Mike Nicholes, and Win Aldrich for bringing the refreshments for the March meeting. We would also like to thank the Lieblang family and Jayanthi (Jay) Wijekoon for always helping with the clean-up after the break.

Judy Seki, Lee Waggener and David Thomforde will be bringing the refreshments for the upcoming April meeting.

Please contact Jim Forrest: stringpresser@earthlink.net, or 626-333-3443 to sign up for a turn to treat the group, or catch him at the next meeting to sign up. 

President’s Message

Our OCRS Recorder Workshop was two weeks ago and we had 22 of the 40 people in attendance. It was wonderful to be able to bring members of the Central Coast Recorder Society, Southern California Recorder Society, San Diego County Recorder Society, and the Long Beach OLLI recorder group together to learn and make music together. Both Anne Timberlake and Miyo Aoki carried through the theme of the workshop “Make a Joyful Noise” by emphasizing the role that singing, breath, articulation, and phrasing bring to recorder playing. In the Intermediate Technique Session, Anne stressed the importance of breathing through “inviting in and allowing out” with a “low and loose” relaxation so important in singing. She also had us work on achieving a clear resonance through the playing of long tones. What was different this year was that this was less a day-long playing session, but rather there were fewer pieces of music and what was selected was worked on for a longer period of time in order to understand each piece better and what was important to achieve the beauty and musicality intended.

Workshops, in general, can give you the tools and knowledge and broaden your sense of what is possible. But, it still takes dedication and work based on these principles to achieve your goals. This can and should be uncomfortable to some extent or what is the point? The value of an extended workshop is enhanced if you have a goal, a focused goal, to learn something new be it a style of music, playing a new size of recorder, or improved articulation and/or tone. There is also the opportunity in a multi-day workshop to have the down-time to talk to, listen to, and learn from fellow students and faculty in a more relaxed atmosphere. But you have to go. There are a number of workshops listed here in the newsletter from a single afternoon, to day-long, weekend, and week-long opportunities to learn and be inspired. The first time is always scary and filled with anxiety, as with any new endeavor. Just do it, you will come back inspired.

I want to thank several people who collectively made the workshop possible, run smoothly and whose commitment and dedication is much appreciated—Gloria Martin, Lee Waggener, Bill Waggener, Gwen Rodman, Susan Mason, and Carol Jacoby.

—Win Aldrich

Refreshments

We want to thank Sally Price, Hava Blasberg, and Joe Whiting for the refreshments at the February meeting. We would also like to thank the Lieblang family and Jayanthi (Jay) Wijekoon for always helping with the clean-up after the break.

Alva Marques-Walters, Mike Nicholes, and Win Aldrich will be bringing the refreshments for the upcoming March meeting.

Please contact Jim Forrest: stringpresser@earthlink.net, or 626-333-3443 to sign up for a turn to treat the group, or catch him at the next meeting to sign up.

President’s Message

Well, we have reached the mid-point of the OCRS 2017–2018 Season, and it is worthwhile to stop and take a look at where we are on several fronts. First, membership this season has dropped to ~45, where last year there were 53 memberships and not that long ago there were 66 memberships At the current membership level, OCRS doesn’t cover its expenses; and it is only thanks to several generous donors that OCRS is in as good a financial shape as it is.

Decrease in memberships is not unique among recorder societies. Membership is down at our sister chapter SCRS, at the Denver Recorder Society, and at many other recorder societies across the country. This is probably due to a number of factors. For example, many recorder players who started Continue reading

Refreshments

We want to thank Susan Mason for the beverages, Matt Ross for the wonderful gooey Persian treats and Susan Marquez for the delicious home-baked pear pastry for the refreshments at the January meeting. We would also like to thank the Lieblang family and Jayanthi (Jay) Wijekoon for always helping with the clean-up after the break.

Sally Price, Hava Blasberg, and Joe Whiting will supply the refreshments for the upcoming February meeting.

Please contact Jim Forrest: stringpresser@earthlink.net, to sign up for a turn to treat the group, or catch him at the next meeting to sign up.

Jim Forrest

A chapter of the American Recorder Society, Orange County, California