|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.|
New Season Schedule
Here is the schedule for the 2014-2015 Season - Mark your calendar now
September 29, October 27, November 24
December: No meeting--Happy Holidays
January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27
May 18: Gala Season-end Celebration
Dynamic Early Music Season of Workshops and Concerts Coming Up
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.
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.
The 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
Even 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.
WRG 2014 Season-end Celebration
On Monday evening, May 19th, WRG concluded another season with a gala celebration of music, good food and camaraderie. The 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.
Magnamusic Closing After 75 Years
Magnamusic 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!"
The annual performance of Renaissance and Baroque Christmas music by La Spiritata (Karen Snowberg, Ron Nelson, Erica Babad, and Jeff Kephart) took place at the Brasserie Swiss Restaurant in Ossining on Sunday, December 15th, at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
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.
Also scroll down to the Anthem and Communion Music
WRG in the News
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.
Monthly playing sessions coached by professionals