SBRS News and Announcements
Our April meeting with David Hogan Smith was very rewarding. His music is always so clear and great to play. The Gabrieli eight part piece was tricky and required counting carefully. As a battle song we created great sounds. The Giovanni Croce pieces were double choir. The crumhorns and recorders provided some good echo effects. Many brought their crumhorns and shared them to give others an opportunity to play. Thank you, David, for sharing the interesting eight- part Renaissance Italian music for our April session.
our Annual Meeting in April. Welcome to Marcia Wire, Michèle
Kelly, and Fidele Galey who have joined the SBRS Board. Special
thanks to our regular Board members who will continue: Anne Ng,
Laura Gonsalves, Anne-Marie Wiggers, Jean Ridley, Georgiana
Rudge, and Harry Stewart. I look forward to working with you
over the next year. You all help make the South Bay Recorder
Liz Brownell, President
The Monteverdi Brass Quintet Concert
March 13, 2013 at Foothill Presbyterian Church
This wonderful concert started off with Hildegard von Bingen’s “Karitas Habundant” hailing us from all parts of the church. The five musicians were strategically placed around the perimeter of the church to give us a resonating start to their very polished performance on brass instruments. This was the appetizer for the whole of the concert.
The Quintet played Gloria by William Byrd; Italian Madrigals by Luca Marenzio, Mogens Pederson and Morenzio; a wonderful Kyrie by Johanes Ockenghem; Dances from the collection of Pierre Attaingnant; some pieces from the archive of the Duke of Lerma which had been discovered more recently; and the concert ended with some luscious pieces by Palestrina, Tomas Luis de Victoria, and Gesualdo. The performers took it in turns to narrate throughout the concert, explaining a little bit about the music, especially the history of the pieces and the composers. They also talked about their instruments. Instrumentation was modern in that there were three trombones and two trumpets, but as one of the narrators explained, the music was enhanced by the instruments, whether it was Early or late Medieval, Middle Ages, or Renaissance. The arrangements of the music played were exceedingly well done.
This was an excellent and exhilarating concert and it was a pity it was so poorly attended.
Calendar of Coming Events
May 10th – Chapter meeting at 7:30 PM in the Choir Room of San Jose Congregational Church
1980 Hamilton Ave., (corner of Leigh), San Jose, CA 95125
Greta Haug-Hryciw directs.
May 11th – Music della Doria concert
May 17th -19th Marin Headlands workshop
June 8th – Peralta Consort concert
THESE DATES FOR THE SUMMER PLAY-INS:
Details will be in the June BUZZ.
Saturday, June 1st – 2:00 PM. Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra, directed by Fred Palmer, presents a Spring Concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church,
1106 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Carlos. For information call Fred Palmer at (650) 591-3648 or visit the orchestra’s website at www.mpro-online.org.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 – 3:00 PM. Music della Doria; Renaissance and Beyond – Doris Williams (vocals, lute), Jonathan Harris (recorders), and Howard Kadis (lute, archlute). (www.doriswilliams.com)
June 8, 2013 – 3:00 PM. The Peralta Consort: the capstone
concert of the early music series will feature music from late
renaissance, baroque, and modern periods. Kraig Williams and
Greta Haug-Hryciw (recorders/percussion); Mike Megas
(recorders/flute); Michèle Kelly (recorders); Deb
Fenzel-Alexander (cello); Julia Airapetyan (harpsichord/organ).
above 2 concerts are the last of this year’s Foothill
Presbyterian Early Music Series.
5301 McKee Road, San Jose; suggested donation - $10; reception following each concert.
For further information: email FoothillPC@gmail.com or call (408)258-8133.
Newsletter Editor: Laura Gonsalves
4946 Manitoba Drive, San Jose, CA 95130