President’s Message

Welcome to the 6th OCRS newsletter. It was such fun to have Janet Beazley back with us last month and enlightening to hear the power of dynamics make such simple pieces sound so different and captivating. This month we have Inga Funck joining us so please join us for another wonderful playing session. I hope that she sings along with us, it adds such a wonderful new dimension. I also wanted to let you know that Inga has recently become engaged to Ward van Proosdij- yes- for those of you who know Hanneke van Proosdij, Ward is her brother- small world.

As a reminder, Mary van Cott-Hand and Miranda Manners have planned a wonderful OCRS Recorder Workshop with Rotem Gilbert and Clea Galhano on Saturday, February 25th. The date is fast approaching and the last day to register at the reduced fee of $55 is February 11th, so get your registration into Susan Mason now. There are already over 30 people registered and there will be people from not only OCRS, but also SCRS, SDCRS, and the newly formed CCRS (Central Coast Recorder Society in Santa Barbara)- a fun time to all get together.

The other reminder that I have is that the monthly meeting in May is planned to be BYOB that Mary van Cott-Hand started last year with such success. This turned out so well last year and where else can you get to play to a supportive, appreciative audience. I hope that you have selected some pieces to play and have started to perfect them. We will need 4-6 groups or individuals to make this a successful and enjoyable event. Russ Wilson will be leading us for the second half of the meeting.

You will notice that there is a flyer insert in the newsletter detailing the upcoming LARO performances on Sunday, February 19th in West LA, and Sunday, February 26th in Whittier. Our own Matt Ross will be playing a solo piece by Steve Marshall-Concertino No. 4 for Contrabass. Come on out and support him as well as the 8 other OCRS members who play in LARO.

A little ahead of the concert calendar listing for February, but I wanted to bring to your attention a unique opportunity to hear Lucie Horsch on recorder- making her US debut- along with Stephen Stubbs conducting baroque: vivaldi’s concertos along with pieces by Purcell, Samartini, and Handl with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (as part of their Baroque Conversations Series) at Zipper Hall on Thursday, March 2nd at 7:30 pm. Lucie Horsch is the 16 year old Dutch recorder star and is one of the most remarkable musical talents of her generation. At the age of five, she began studying the recorder with Rob Beek at the Muziekschool van Amsterdam. In 2011, after winning several youth competitions, she enrolled at the Sweelinck Academie at the Amsterdam Conservatorium. Under Walter van Hauwe’s instruction, she continues a tradition of Dutch recorder playing started by Frans Brüggen, one of the most acclaimed recorder players of the 20th century. You can listen to hear playing Vivaldi here:

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—Win Aldrich