News and Notes 2

A Message from the Lycaeides Consort

Lycaeides ensemble played a concert at Coburg Village retirement community in Clifton Park in January 2023. This performance was dedicated to Carolyn Hermes, our friend and Lycaeides colleague.  She was a long-time recorder player and HMRS member. Carolyn was working on the Coburg Village concert with Lycaeides when she passed away in December. Players for this concert:  Linda Botimer, Judy Pardee, Melanie Axel-Lute, Marie Carreno-Maas and Bob Schultz.

The last three remaining of Carolyn’s flutes. They have found a good new home.
Happy Musical New Year

We were pleased to be visited by Helen Hooker for the second January in a row to kick off another year of virtual mini-workshops with an interesting and wide-ranging set of pieces from 4 musical eras. An attendance comprising 38 members of the Hudson Mohawk Recorder Society and the Recorder Society of Connecticut enjoyed a few minutes of exchanging New Year’s greetings prior to digging into the day’s music. Historical background and performance tips and techniques were offered for each piece. We are thrilled to announce that new members were introduced for each of the Societies. The cooperative joint sponsorship of the second annual 10-part series of mini-workshops by HMRS and RSC has proven to be a great success, forging robust participation, musical enjoyment and new friendships.

Tis the Season!

The Hudson Mohawk Recorder Society wishes you and yours a Happy and Musical Holiday Season and a Prosperous 2023! We invite you to join us for the joy and reward that music making with friends brings.

Bring on the Holidays!

Among the varied music presented by our next virtual mini-workshop leader, Moira Usher, on December 3, will be a traditional Basque carol and a Christmas tune, curiously set to an Israeli traditional melody by Flatau.

We will temporarily set aside our review of pieces from recent virtual mini-workshops in favor of a program of holiday favorites drawn from the HMRS Library collection at our next in-person playing session on Sunday, December 18.

Save these dates!

Patience Pays Off

The skies over the UK cleared and Sue Handscombe came through Zoom just fine this morning (at least for us–afternoon for her) and delivered an informative program ranging from Medieval to mid-twentieth century origins. Her commentary touched on relaxation tips, appropriate articulation, tongue placement, efficient breathing, and music history, interspersed with interesting anecdotes. When she mentioned the residence in NYC in which Dvorak once briefly resided, Susan Iadone was quick to add that she lives near that very building and it is marked with a plaque to commemorate the famous former occupant. The conversation was sparked by our playing of an arrangement of the Largo from “The New World” symphony. I was very pleased to see approximately 30 members attending the session.

Next Sunday we will gather for another in-person playing session, concentrating on our playbook for the season. Look for an email for final details this week. Remember to print and bring your own copies of the indicated music.

Looking ahead to December, we kick off the month with a virtual visit from Moira Usher and just before Christmas we will have a special in-person playing session full of holiday music. Don’t miss it!

Don’t miss our postponed November Mini-workshop!

Unfortunately, problems with Internet transmission in the UK made it impossible for Sue Handscombe to establish a suitable link to Zoom to enable her presentation on Saturday, November 5. We regret the disappointment for the large group patiently awaiting the presentation but are pleased to announce that the mini-workshop has been rescheduled for November 12 at 10:00. HMRS members will receive another updated email reminder and link soon. Watch for the email and we hope to see you then!

October In Person Playing Session

Thirteen members, including two new faces, enjoyed an afternoon of in person music-making. Attendees returned to the season playbook of pieces selected from past virtual mini-workshops. It’s great to get together again and work through some of the more challenging portions of the pieces and appreciate the “group sound”.

Janith Mason, HMRS secretary included her observation that, “… it’s clear that playing together in person rewards us in so many ways!” as she emailed the announcement of our upcoming virtual mini-workshop this evening. Well said, and judging from the enthusiasm of the group that stayed around for a chat following the music, that observation was shared by many. 

No Halloween Tricks but Lots of Musical Treats!

Late October brings us another in-person playing session on Sunday, October 23 at 2:00pm. Join us for a playing session featuring pieces from our new season playlist. Check the Activities page for details.

Sue Handscombe, coach of the virtual mini-workshop session.
Sue Handscombe

The first Saturday morning in November will feature a return visit by Sue Handscombe for another in our series of virtual mini-workshops. Our ten-part series of virtual mini-workshops is co-sponsored by our friends at the Recorder Society of Connecticut. The virtual presentation will begin at 10:00am and the session will open at 9:30am for our usual informal “chat”. Details for the program will appear soon on the Activities page.

Welcome to our New Season!
Glen Shannon

We are pleased to announce our new schedule of events for the 2022-2023 season. We have a 10 session series of virtual mini-workshops for you, once again co-sponsored by our friends at the Recorder Society of Connecticut. The first session will be conducted by our California friend, composer Glen Shannon on September 10. Subsequent sessions will be led by Rainer Beckmann, Sue Handscombe, Moira Usher, Helen Hooker, Ruth Burbidge, Michael Graham, Anna Stegmann, Jen Carpenter and Anne Timberlake.
In addition to these exciting sessions, we are thrilled to be also returning to monthly in-person playing sessions, led by our Music Director, Kathy Kuhrt. These sessions are planned for Sunday afternoons at Lynnwood Reformed Church in Guilderland, NY . We request that those attending in-person sessions be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. For dates and details consult the Activities Page.

2021-2022 Mini-Workshop Series Completed

With the 10th Mini-Workshop, conducted by guest coach Jennifer Carpenter, today, June 4, 2022, our season series is complete. These monthly sessions, co-sponsored by HMRS and the Recorder Society of Connecticut (RSC), have been well-received and well-attended. Our organizations are so fortunate to have been able to provide these informative, challenging, and enjoyable experiences for our membership. We extend our gratitude to these outstanding members of the international recorder community for their willingness to create these presentations and to master the new technologies that make virtual presentations possible.

We are pleased to announce that the HMRS-RSC co-sponsorship will continue with another 10-part virtual series for the 2022-2023 season!