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Newsletter of the South Bay Recorder Society

A Chapter of the American Recorder Society

An Affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society


November 2015

November Meeting
Frederic Palmer will be returning to South Bay to direct our chapter meeting on November 13th at 7:30 PM in the Choir Room of San Jose Congregational Church. Fred has served as music director of the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra since 1988. He has an M.A. in Early Music Performance Practice from Stanford University and has directed recorder workshops throughout the United States. He has taught recorder classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, coaches several recorder ensembles, and teaches recorder privately. In addition to performing both early and contemporary music, he is a published author, editor, arranger, and composer. He was awarded first prize in the American Recorder Society's Erich Katz Memorial Fund Composition Contest for an original composition for recorder ensemble.

Most recorder players soon become familiar with the more common dances from the baroque period. These include the allemande, courante, sarabande, gigue and, of course, the ubiquitous minuet. But they are probably not familiar with other dances from the period such as the traquenard, forlana, amener and loure. Similarly, they probably know some of the common movements from the baroque suite that are not dances, such as the overture and prelude, but not the more unusual ones such as the réjouissance. At the meeting of the South Bay Recorder Society on November 13, we will explore some of the dances and movements from the baroque suite that are not well known to most of us today and discuss their history, style and structure. Music presented at the meeting will include works by many of the great masters of the Baroque, including Bach, Handel, Telemann and Biber. I look forward to working on this unusual and exciting repertoire with the members of the South Bay Recorder Society at their November meeting.

President’s Message
Our evening with Glen Shannon was a pleasure. We began with "Amour et la beaute" which had great melodies. "Canson La Bastina A" by Gualmi also provided great tones and a nice dance section. A Ludwig Senfl piece combined two themes, "Helena desiderio plena and Fortuna desperata" together in a delightful way. "Federal Fantasia & Fugue" by Glen Shannon won First Prize at Washington Recorder Society's 50th Anniversary Competition and gave us a lively tempo challenge. It is always a fun evening with Glen Shannon.
Join us on November 13 under the leadership of Fred Palmer.
Liz Brownell, President

Thank you, Tobi, Marcia, and Liz for providing the wonderful refreshments for the October meeting. I would like to remind Michele and Margaret that you volunteered to bring goodies for the November meeting.
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Music Opportunities
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2015 – 8 PM; BERTAMO TRIO (Letitia Berlin, Yuko Tanaka, David Morris) will perform a program entitled Endangered Temperaments, premiering works of Edward Schocker and Dennis Aman.
Center for New Music; 55 Taylor Street. San Francisco

$15 general / $10 members

About the BertamoTrio: The Bertamo Trio (Letitia Berlin, recorder; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord; and David Morris, viola da gamba) is a San Francisco Bay Area-based early music group that brings the music of the Baroque to today’s audiences with professional polish, verve, and precision. Members of the trio have performed at the Carmel Bach Festival and with the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet Orchestra, and are highly active within the early music community both locally and abroad. Their other ensemble affiliations include Farallon Recorder Quartet, Tibia Recorder Duo, Sitka Trio, Music of the Spheres, Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, The King’s Noyse, Galax Quartet, Quicksilver, the Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, and NYS Baroque.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015, 7:30 PM. A HOLIDAY CONCERT presented by The MID-PENINSULA RECORDER ORCHESTRA. Frederic Palmer, Director; Greta Haug-Hryciw, Assistant Director.
Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto
Admission Free
The program will feature an antiphonal canzona by Giovanni Gabrieli, a movement from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 4, The Liberty Bell March by John Philip Sousa, a medieval motet by Oswald von Wolkenstein and a suite by Johann Philipp Krieger
For Information please call Frederic Palmer at (650) 591-3648 or visit the orchestra’s website at

Newsletter Editor: Laura Gonsalves
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