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Vol.9 No. 7
March, 2016
The next PRS playing session is Friday,
March 18, 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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  Please contact them directly for scheduling at the links below.

Laura Kuhlman

Vicki Boeckman

Phil Neuman

Gayle Neuman

Zoe Tokar

Notes from our Music Director
Ah...Spring is in the air! At least that is what all the trees in my neighborhood are saying. Just walking around the block, I am inspired by the fragrant smells all around. I cannot say that this my favorite time of the year because I used that line in December. I guess I just love all times of the year, especially beginnings!

So let me begin with inviting all of you to an evening of recorder revelry. It is St. Patrick's Day-ish after all. We will begin with dances from the Dublin Virginal Manuscript followed by "Old Irish Airs" (before 1750) from contemporaries of the famed harpist, Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). With titles such as, "The Runaway Bride", "The Teetotaler's Fancy", and "Molly Put the Kettle On", we will dance our way through the first half of the evening.

Following a short break, we will dive into a contemporary composition called "Trelawny's Ghost" by Alyson Lewen. It is based loosely on the tune, "Song of the Western Men", which dates from 1825.  We will finish off the evening with some rather challenging arrangements of Celtic standards by Andrew Charlton. Get your counting caps on!

Oh, I could go on and on about the fun we are going to have but I think you will just need to get yourself over to Tabor Space to experience the fun yourself. Bring your recorders, your double reeds, your strings of all shapes and sizes, a couple drums and bagpipes if ya have 'em! Let's tip our hats to the Irish and the wealth of music they have given to us.

This is going to be a longer newsletter than usual and is packed full of great information. I hope you will spend some time soaking it all in. There is important information on events coming up that you will not want to miss. There are also a lot of fabulous 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, March 18th, 7 p.m., TaborSpace dining room in the basement! Bring a stand light if you need more light!

Play on!
Laura Kuhlman

Upcoming Playing Sessions
Friday, March, 18, 7 pm at Tabor Space - Laura Kuhlman leads
April 1-4 - Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat, Corbett, Oregon
**Friday, April 8th, Potluck at 6 pm, playing at 7pm at Tabor Space- American Recorder Society board members join us! Greta Haug-Hryciw and Jennifer Carpenter  lead.  See below for more details.
**Friday, May 6th, 7 pm at Tabor Space - TBA
Friday, May 20th, 7 pm - MEMBERS' NIGHT...Watch for more news!
**Not a third Friday session!
In Memory of Chuck Norris

We have sad news that Chuck Norris passed away last month.  Chuck was a long-time member of the Portland Recorder Society and ever enthusiastic about community music and dance.  He was well known for initiating the "Holborne Chicken Festival", a summer BBQ and Holborne playing session at the home he shared with his wife, Lee in SE Portland.  Most years we read through the entire set of 65 dance pieces!  He also played in the "Megaband" contradance band from 2007-2015, and danced up until very recently.  I will always remember Chuck for his gentle kindness and true desire to bring amateur musicians together in harmony (with good food!). Zoe Tokar

From Lee:  

This is to let you know that a Memorial (Meeting for Worship for Memorial) for Chuck will be held on Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m., at the Multnomah Monthly Meeting House, 4312 S.E. Stark Street, Portland. The Memorial will be followed by a reception downstairs (tea and sandwiches and cookies). 

From 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. there will be a party honoring Chuck, at the home of Gloria Jacobs and Sean Nolan, 4233 S.E. Washington Ave, (parallel to Stark, one street south and almost in back of the Meeting House). I'll be providing champagne, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. (Anyone who'd like to contribute an extra bottle is welcome to do so). Chuck loved to eat and drink. Please bring something delicious to share: hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, finger food things--anything you have time to make or buy. Five Euro Tip, the band Chuck played in for years, especially wants to play for him. I've asked Revelers to bring a song--and if any five of you who plan to come would like to play one or two tunes from the 65 Pavans and Galliards collection we use for the Chuck Norris Anthony Holborne Chicken Festival I promise Chuck would have appreciated it.

Recorder Orchestra of Oregon News

Members of ROO are polishing a superb program for thier second Spring concert. It is really hard to believe that it has been a year since we gave our premier concert last Spring. From behind the baton, I want you all to know this group is really coming together as a well oiled machine.

Our program for this concert is a tour de force of music spanning hundreds of years. Starting with a Sinfonia by Stefan Bernardi (1577-1637), we continue on with brilliant compositions by Fauré, Steve Marshall, Paul Leenhouts, Francis Blaker, and Glen Shannon. Our program will also include special performances by smaller ensembles of the ROO orchestra.

The Spring extravaganza is being enhanced with a special fundraiser at the home of Susan Campbell on Sunday, April 17th at 3:00 pm. Music will be provided by members of the ROO orchestra. All are invited to attend. A suggested $25 donation with all proceeds going to support the orchestra. Wine and cheese reception to follow the musical presentation.

And if that is not enough for you, please do come hear the full length program with all members of ROO on Saturday, April 23, 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary of Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, located at 5441 SE Belmont, Portland.

But wait...we aren't done playing! ROO will perform in the lovely chapel of St. Mary's Woods, located at 17400 Holy Names Dr, Lake Oswego, on Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 pm. Both concerts are FREE and open to the public with a free will offering.

It is an exciting season for the recorder orchestra and we hope to see you at any or all of our events.

Music Director

Columbia Gorge Faculty Concert

One of the many highlights of the Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat is the faculty concert. Even if you did not sign up for the very popular retreat, you are welcome to join us on Sunday, April 3rd at 7:30 pm for the concert. Tickets are $10 each and payable at the door. A wine and cheese reception follows the concert.  You'll have just a little time to put in bids on the silent auction items while you're there.  Why not buy some raffle tickets as well - a beautiful music stand from Noteworthy, manufactured right here in Milwaukie, OR.  All proceeds help replenish the Jeanne Lynch Scholarship Fund!

The Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat is located on the campus of Menucha Retreat Center, 38711 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR. Questions? Contact Zoe Tokar at CGEMR@portlandrecordersociety.org for further information.
American Recorder Society Board Visit
Heads up everyone! The Board of Directors for the American Recorder Society is coming to Portland. Along with two days of intense meetings, the board is here to meet and greet with all of us! As past president, it has been my pleasure to meet fellow recorder players from all over the United States. And what better way than over a nice hot meal followed but a robust playing session led by members of the ARS Board.

The PRS April meeting will be one week earlier to coincide with the ARS Board visit. So mark your calendars for Friday, April 8. We will start with a potluck dinner at 6:00 pm, followed by a meet and greet with the Board and as I mentioned above a robust playing session led by Colorado representative Jennifer Carpenter and California representative, Greta Haug-Hryciw. The playing session will begin at the usual 7:00 pm.

We will be sending out more info on the potluck in the next couple weeks but be sure to save some time for this special meeting. Music, food and friends?! What could be better?

In Review for Yew!

Due to the length of this newsletter, I will revive this article in the April edition. If you have a submission, please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you.

Laura Kuhlman

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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, March 20th, 3:30pm: Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St, Seattle, WA. For more information contact Aage Nielsen.

Kyuquot Sound Recorder Workshop  Sept. 7-11, 2016 
Faculty: Matthias Maute & Sophie Larivière 
Classes: Early Baroque, Contemporary and more! 
Location: Kyuquot Inn, Walter's Cove, Vancouver Island. B.C., Canada 
Contact:  Nancy Gorbman, Director  (206-852-4762);                      

Enjoy a unique wilderness and enriching workshop experience in Kyuquot, B.C. at the Kyuquot Inn (see our web-site:
www.kyuquotinn.com ), a beautiful beachfront property located on an island near a remote native village.  We have internationally acclaimed faculty from Montreal, who have made numerous concert tours and many recordings on the Analekta label, of the innovative "Ensemble Caprice", recipient of the JUNO award, to teach a variety of interesting classes for upper-intermediate to advanced level players. Take a boat-ride to a nearby island for a beach walk, stunning mountain and ocean views.  Delicious meals catered by Eric Jay Gorbman Catering Company.  This workshop is only offered every two years.
Portland Baroque Orchestra, Monica Huggett, director and violin
Sunday, March 13, 3:00 pm, Kaul Auditorium at Reed College

Experience the rich polyphonic scoring of 17th-century German music for voices, gambas, and recorders. J. S. Bach's darkly scored Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 for violas, gambas, and violoncello leads the program, with a cantata by J. S. Bach's father's first cousin, Johann Christoph Bach. Don't miss one of the most beautiful Bach cantatas for recorders and gambas, Actus Tragicus, BWV 106!! 

Tickets available at at the door.

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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