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Vol.9 No. 6
February, 2016
The next PRS playing session is Friday, February 19, 7:00pm.  
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Be ready to play at 7:00pm sharp in the basement  of TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont  Ave., Portland, OR.  Bring instruments and music stands.  For more information, go to our

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All our conductors are available for private lessons and ensemble coaching.

  Please contact them directly for scheduling at the links below.

Laura Kuhlman

Vicki Boeckman

Phil Neuman

Gayle Neuman

Zoe Tokar

Notes from our Guest Conductor
She has the smile the size of Texas and a heart just as big. Come out this  Friday, February 19 at 7:00 pm to share some recorder fun with Vicki Boeckman! Here's what she has to say about the music she has selected to share:

Greetings dear Portlandiers!
Goodness, it has been a while. Hard to believe that we are already in the middle of February of this new year 2016. The months and weeks are zipping right on by. Looking through my files I discovered that it was exactly one year ago - February of 2015 - when I last had the pleasure of leading your group. I am excited to be back in Portland and have the opportunity to see and hear you all again. So much wonderful music making going on all around!
For our playing session I've chosen a variety of pieces for various levels of proficiency. We'll start off with everyone playing movements from Suite #15 from Johann Hermann Schein's Banchetto Musicale from 1617. Schein was one of the earliest composers to introduce the Italian Baroque style into German music. Heralded mostly for his sacred and secular vocal works, the collection of suites in Banchetto Musicale (A Musical Banquet) is an outstanding example of Schein's craft at composing instrumental works.

We'll then move on to a fun piece by the clever British composer Steve Marshall called Counter Intelligence where the emphasis is on rhythm. Players are asked to clap, snap fingers, stomp feet as well as play the recorder! Loads of fun! Then I believe Zoe will whisk a smaller group of players away. Those who are left will go on to play Lully's lovely Passacaille from Act V of Armide from 1686. There is a wonderful story to go with that which will have to wait until February 19th. Finally, as a teaser/sneak preview for one of my Menucha classes we will play the splendid Rejouissance from Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks!
All sizes of recorders, viols (and perhaps a bari sax played softly) are welcome. If anyone would like parts ahead of time, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will send pdf files. See you soon!

There are a lot of good instruments and music for sale at the end of this newsletter. Take a look and see if anything interests you! 

See you all come:
Friday, February 19th, 7 p.m., TaborSpace dining room in the basement! Bring a stand light if you need more light!

Play on!
Laura Kuhlman

In Review for Yew!
I like to be exposed to new ideas, new recordings, new ensembles, new shoes...really just about  anything new fascinates me. I thought I would share just a couple new to me items.

Tish Berlin and Francis Blaker began a six week "practice challenge" and I decided to jump on the band wagon. Finding time to really practice for something other than a concert can be pretty hard sometimes but I have found the practice challenge refreshing.

I decided to really work on some basic techniques like breath control, articulation and even a couple solos. Looking through some of my technique books I dusted off the series of books by Aldo Abreu: Warm-ups & Technical Exercises, Articulation Exercises (Part1 &2) and Finger Exercises. These books are not for the faint of heart.  Reading the table of contents makes me tired but alas, I am slogging through them, page by page. I take just a few lines from each book every day and I am finding my fingers getting more and more nimble. I love what Aldo says at the beginning of the Finger Exercise book: "The most productive way to benefit from these (exercises) is to spend no longer than 10-15 minutes a day without dwelling on patterns". These books are a wonderful edition to any library. Aldo includes wonderful fingering charts for trills and extended ranges at the end of each book.

Another book I found while scrounging is The Charlton Method for the Recorder. While the cover says for the "advanced" player, I think anyone wishing to advance their technique can find something to work on. There are exercises for both soprano and alto or really "C" and "F" instruments. There is a superb section on historical ornaments for both renaissance and baroque styles. There are many duets in the back of the book to show off your new found skills. A little birdie told me that Bill Lazar stocks this book!

What is your something new? Do you have a CD, a book, a piece of music you have discovered? Write a short review and I will print it here in the PRS newsletter.
Upcoming Playing Sessions

Friday, February 19, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Vicki Boeckman leads
Friday, March, 18, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Laura Kuhlman leads
April 1-4 - Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat, Corbett, Oregon
Friday, April 8th, 7pm at Tabor Space - ARS board joins us!

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If you are not a member, drop-in fees are $10 per playing session; your very first visit is free to try us out!
Portland Recorder Society membership includes:
~monthly playing sessions (Sept-May) coached by  professionals
~Discount to Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat
~Monthly e-mail newsletters
~Networking opportunities with like-minded musicians
Yearly dues are $40, additional donations welcomed and are tax deductible.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and qualifying organization for Oregon Cultural Trust donations!  This gives special tax advantages to Oregon tax payers. It allows a person who makes a donation to PRS to make a matching donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust (up to $1000) and get an equal tax credit on their Oregon state taxes.   This essentially makes the donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust free. For more information, go to to the OCF web site: www.culturaltrust.org. 
If none of your contact information has changed, you do not need to fill out another membership form.
Click  HERE  for a link to our membership registration form, or pick one up at the next playing session.  Please make checks out to "Portland Recorder Society".  You may mail your check and form to David Solet, Co-treasurer, 5323 NE 29th Ave, Portland, OR 97211.

Upcoming Events and Concerts
PRS members are welcome to submit recorder/early music related items for this column.  Deadline is 7 days prior to the next PRS playing session.  Submit events to:   newsletter@portlandrecordersociety.org

Community Music Center: Early Music Ensembles
Phil and Gayle Neuman and Cindy Markham offer excellent sessions for recorders (all levels), voices, renaissance winds and mixed consorts (including strings!). Register online or at the center. For more information go online or call: 503-823-3177.

"Music of Denmark"  Madrigals, hymn settings, renaissance dances, polkas, by Danish composers including Truid Aagesen, Carl Nielsen, and Bent Fabric. Dulcina Ensemble: Laura Kuhlman, Gayle and Phil Neuman, and Aage Nielsen will play Danish music from the 12th century to the 20th century on rebec, viol, douçaines, sordune, bandora, guitar, violin, flute, bass flute, gittern, citole, fingerhole horn, alto trombone, bagpipes and voice. 
Sunday, February 21st, 3:30pm: Faith Lutheran Church, 926 W. 6th Ave., Junction City, OR. Repeated on Sunday, March 20th in Seattle. For more information contact Aage Nielsen.

Winds and Waves Workshop
The 18th annual
Winds and Waves Recorder Workshop is April 30-May 2, 2016, Saturday through Monday, with the Faculty Concert on Friday evening, April 29. Locations are the beautiful Sitka Center for the workshop and St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church for the concert. Faculty are Frances Blaker, Letitia Berlin, Cléa Galhano and Sitka recorder resident, Alison Melville from Canada.
Workshop registration opens Monday, January 11 at 8:30am. Tuition is $270 and includes one adult ticket to the faculty concert. General admission tickets to the concert ($15 adult and $5 student) will also be available through the Sitka Center. In addition, this year we are able to offer two Jeanne Lynch Memorial Scholarships. One will cover tuition and provide $150 toward living/travel expenses, and the second will just cover tuition. Information about how to apply will be on Sitka's website in January.
To register or for more information, go online or call Sitka at 
541-994-5485. Space is limited to 45 participants. So please be aware that spaces are filled in the order received and registration fills up rapidly. Hope to see you in April!
Portland Baroque Orchestra with Alexander Weimann,
guest director + harpsichord

Witness the invention of the keyboard concerto as Alexander Weimann performs the virtuosic Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with its spectacular harpsichord solo. Music featuring the harpsichord with two instruments (a "triple" pairing) match those by or attributed to Bach's son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. Featuring Janet See as flute soloist.

Program includes J. S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050 and Concerto in A minor for Violin, Flute and Harpsichord, BWV 1044; Sinfonia "Dissonant" in F major for strings and continuo, F. 67 W. F. Bach; W. F. Bach's (?) Overture in G minor (also attributed to J. S. Bach, BWV 1070).

Performance repeats February 20, 7:30 pm, First Baptist Church and February 21, 3:00 pm, Kaul Auditorium on the campus of Reed College, 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland 97202.

Tickets available at PBO website.

Pre-concert Talk: PBO performers, guest artists and scholars discuss the music and topics related to concert program one hour prior to each subscription series performance. Free and open to the public.
Classified Ads
PRS members are welcome to submit recorder/early music related items for these ads.  Deadline is 7 days prior to the next PRS playing session.  Submit: newsletter@portlandrecordersociety.org
Sheet music for sale, never published before :  Baroque recorder music by Babell, Carissimi, Corelli (attrib.), Fede, Finch, Fiocco, Paisible, Rosier, Schickhardt, Steffani, Torri, and Vinci.  Edited and published by PRS member David Lasocki , recipient of the American Recorder Society's Distinguished Achievement Award.  Also books on recorder history.  Go to www.instantharmony.net.

Mollenhauer Morgan Special edition Denner Alto A-440

Modeled after the original instrument in the Historical Instrument Music museum in Copenhagen.
Zapatero Boxwood with a beautiful stained finish
ca. 6 years old, in excellent condition. 
Asking price $850. Please contact Silke Harper: silkeharper@gmail.com

Mollenhouer renaissance alto in G (a440, plumwood, almost new $670) and an Aulos bass (with bocal, almost new $325) If interested, contact Anthony Allen: allena392@gmail.com

Moeck Rottenburgh alto recorder, rosewood, in excellent shape. Beautiful warm tone and easy high register. Fitted with f-key, making it ideal for smaller hands. Hard case included. $500.
Reply to scampportland@gmail.com or Susan Campbell 503-288-4024

Moeck Renaissance Consort Recorders, alto and soprano. These matching recorders are nearly brand new and little used.   They are pitched at 440, and use renaissance fingering (except they use baroque closed fingering for g and d), producing meantone temperament. Hard case, renaissance fingering chart and maintenance kit included. $1150.
Reply to scampportland@gmail.com or Susan Campbell 503-288-4024
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