President’s Message

Well, the OCRS Recorder Workshop was last Saturday the 25th with people coming from all over Southern California including the Southern California Recorder Society, the San Diego County Recorder Society, the newly formed Central Coast Recorder Society, Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra, and OLLI-CSLB Recorder Consort. A special thanks to Mary Van Cott-Hand, Miranda Manners, Susan Mason, Russ Wilson and Carol Jacoby for their hard work making the workshop such a success. Staying with workshops a minute, this issue of the newsletter lists a number of recorder workshops on the West Coast coming up in the near future. There are workshops hosted by Central Coast Recorder Society in Goleta, SCRS in Pasadena in April, Wind &Waves RecorderWorkshop on the central coast of Oregon, Denver Recorder Society’s “Springtime in the Rockies” in May, SRS’s Port Townsend Early Music Workshop in Seattle, SFEMS’s Recorder Workshop “Love and Peace” in Oakland in July, and Road Scholar/Hidden Valley’s Recorder Early Music Workshop in October/November in Carmel Valley. If you have never attended a workshop, you really should consider it. They are a wonderful opportunity to gather with like-minded recorder players in a supportive learning environment, incredible conductors and music to play your heart out.

This month we are fortunate to have Adam Gilbert again conducting us. I have not seen his music selections yet, but since this is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and this is the musical era of particular interest to Adam, I suspect he will be bringing some wonderful surprises for us to enjoy. We also have members of the Windsong Recorder Group led by Jim Forrest playing a selection of Irish Tunes in celebration of the upcoming St Patrick’s Day for Prelude this month starting at 7:15, so plan to be there early to enjoy this.

Lastly, a reminder that we have the “BYOB” coming up the first half of the May meeting to showcase what we as members are musically involved in outside of the monthly meeting. So far, I have had three responses to participate and I hope that there are several more of you. Come on, many of you play together in groups, or have a favorite piece you could share with us. Let me know before I come knocking on doors.