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2012-13 The Westchester Recorder Guild was established in 1985 as a chapter of the American Recorder Society. It attracts adult recorder enthusiasts from the tri-state area. Monthly playing sessions are held in Pleasantville, where professional teachers and performers coach players from low intermediate to advanced levels. Beginner classes are also offered.

 

Happy Holidays

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An Evening of Holiday Music

Karen would like to invite you to an evening of holiday music for recorders. Music will be provided, but let her know you're coming so she has enough printed! The details are as follows:

Monday, December 15, 8:00-9:30 p.m. Emanuel Lutheran, Pleasantville

Fee: $10
RSVP: Karen@nelsonresearch.com

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Next Meeting

January 26, 2015
Doors open at 7:30 PM; Playing Sessions start at 8:00 PM

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Join La Spiritata Quartet for a Concert of Holiday Music

la spiritataOn Sunday, December 21st, La Spiritata Quartet (Karen Snowberg, Ron Nelson, Jeff Kephart and Erica Babad) will be playing their annual evening of holiday dinner music on recorders at the Brasserie Swiss Restaurant in Ossining (http://www.brasserieswiss.com/). The seatings for dinner are at 4:00 and 6:30, and reservations are required. Call Verena at 914-941-0319. We hope some of you can join us for good food, festive atmosphere, and wonderful music!

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WRG Members join Recorder Society of Connecticut to celebrate 25th Anniversary and honor Elise Jaeger

RSCSusan & EliseWRG members and members of other ARS chapters participated in the the workshop conducted on Saturday, September 27th by Susan Iadone in honor of founder and long time president, Elise Jaeger. The 30+ participants had a fine time making music, revisiting friendships, and munching on the refreshments. Many thanks to Susan for thinking of this way to celebrate Elise's contribution to recorder playing and for all the work the work she did to prepare for it and conduct it!

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Dynamic Early Music Season of Workshops and Concerts

WRG Coach Deborah Booth will be performing with St. Michael's Baroque Ensemble on December 12th. For more information, check out our Calendar and Workshop pages for information and links to websites for concerts--they are too numerous to list individually--as well as information on upcoming Workshops and playing sessions with other ARS Chapters which you just don't want to miss.

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Make Music New York 2014 Festival on June 21st

WRG members participated and performed in the Recorders Mass Appeal which was led byWRG Coach, Deborah Booth, for Make Music New York, welcoming the summer solstice.

MMNY2014The players eagerly assembled in Strauss Park at Broadway and 107th Street, earlier than the scheduled 7:30 start time, ready to play on a lovely summer evening. Joining the enthusiastic group of players was an even more enthusiastic audience of local residents. The selections included dances, hymns, and love songs from J. S. Bach, Banchieri, Dowland, Jannequin, Praetorius, Isaac, Handel, and the ever-popular Anonymous. The music enchanted the appreciative audience, including children as well as a very young baby who quietly enjoyed the entire program. The wonderful music was also accompanied by lively birdsong from the Park’s avian natives.

The Make Music New York Festival has welcomed the Summer Solstice for the past eight years and joins a global celebration of music-making with over 726 cities world-wide. This is the third year that Deborah has led a group of recoder players in this massive musical celebration and again was a great success. In addition to WRG members, participants are returning players from the tri-state area but new players included someone travelling from Florida in order to perform with the group.

Make Music New York 2013 Celebration

Deborah Conductingkids dancingEven in the din of Broadway traffic and the occasional cheering from a local dog, the music livened the summer night and welcomed the summer solstice. It even inspired two youngsters to rock out to the music while everyone intently followed Deborah's conducting.

 

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WRG 2014 Season-end Celebration

On Monday evening, May 19th, WRG concluded another season with a gala celebration of music, good food and camaraderie. Group 2014The three groups performed their favorite pieces for everyone. Of special interest was performance of a piece composed by WRG member Jeanette Bertles, Far and Away, a trio for two tenors and a bass. It has three very short sections: Far and Away; And No Umbrella; and Close Quarters. According to Jeanette, "Although the sections do have names, the music was written first and the names came later, with the cooperation of my unconscious." It was written for advanced intermediate players. Pictured here with Jeanette is Karen Snowberg's Wednesday noon class whose members worked on the piece.

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Magnamusic Closing After 75 Years

Magna MusicMagnamusic has served the musical community for 75 years, bringing great sheet music, fine instruments and players together. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Magnamusic will be closing its doors as of December 31st, 2014. They are now offering their inventory; sheet music, accessories and instruments at extremelyreduced prices while supplies last.

You can order from their website at https://www.magnamusic.com, e-mail Magnamusic@magnamusic.com or call toll free at 888-665-2721 Monday through Friday 9AM to 3PM except Tuesdays and Thursdays until 1PM.

 From Tim and Alex Hunter: " We cannot stress how wonderful it has been to have you all be part of the history of Magnamusic, and how very much we will miss hearing from you! In the meantime, we hope that you will take advantage of all the great prices on our remaining inventory and please, spread the word to all your friends!"

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Play the Recorder Month News

March is Play-the-Recorder Month. Once again, WRG participated in the service at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on March 9, 2014.

Click here for YouTube video of last year's performance

Also scroll down to the Anthem and Communion Music

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WRG in the News

Click here to read articles about WRG President Erica Babad and WRG's successful sessions.

Click here to read about WRG's free lessons to celebrate its 25th Anniversary

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Have you played the recorder before and want to get back to it?

Have you ever played a different instrument and would now like to try out the recorder and participate in the early music scene?

Enjoy making music with others?

If you thought the recorder is only for kids because it is easy to learn, you should know that the recorder has been a popular instrument for both amateur and professional ensembles for over 400 years!

Monthly Playing Meetings are held on the last Monday of the month, from 8-9:30 PM, September to May, except December. Socializing and refreshments follow playing sessions.

Meetings for the 2014-2015 Season will be held on the following Monday evenings: September 29, October 27, November 24, January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27, May 18. (see Calendar for more information).

Meeting Location: Emanuel Lutheran Church, 197 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY Directions
Non-members are invited to attend a meeting on a trial basis for a small charge.

• See Calendar for latest information on upcoming Early Music Events •
• See Workshops for latest information on upcoming Workshops •

Membership Benefits

Monthly playing sessions coached by professionals
Monthly calendar of early music concerts and events
Opportunity to meet and play wonderful music with other recorder players WRG Workshops
Chapter Music Library
Chapter Website with calendar of Early Music concerts and events in the area, as well as links to useful information.


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