One of our affiliated consorts, the Bleeker Consort, will present a concert , “Winter Pastimes” on February 25 at 3pm at the Shaker Meeting House in Albany. For concert details see their website at https://home.shakerheritage.org/event/bleecker-consort-in-concert-winter-pastimes/
We are thrilled to announce that a record 39 recorder players joined this morning’s session, led via Zoom by Tom Beets and Joris Van Goethem (The Flanders Recorder Duo). These excellent musicians, members of the recently retired world-famous Flanders Recorder Quartet, presented a fascinating look into music reaching all the way back to the 1300’s and encompassing what Beets admitted were favorites of the pair from their years with the quartet. Participants were introduced not only to some important early music but also some great tips on original interpretation, adaptation of the original to current practices, and meanings and historical placement of the texts upon which these examples of early music were based.
It is truly exciting that modern technology has allowed us to gather in our homes to share ideas with world-class musical educators based and “broadcasting” in Europe and has extended the active membership of HMRS far from our home bases in New York’s Capital District and those of our co-sponsors on the Connecticut shore. Participants in today’s session live in locations ranging from Rochester, NY to points in Florida!
The 2023-2024 season of programming for the Hudson Mohawk Recorder Society kicked off on September 9th with a well-received virtual mini-workshop by our friend Glen Shannon. We return to in-person playing sessions on Sunday afternoon, September 24 at 2pm. As usual, paid members receive email announcements prior to each scheduled activity. The emails include details such as Zoom links for virtual sessions and download links for music to be printed for each virtual or in-person session.
The deadline for dues payments for new and renewing members is September 30, 2023. Send your check for the $50 annual payment to HMRS Treasurer, Gail Robinson now to avoid missing any programming after October 1. Gail will also accept payments at the September 24th in-person session. A downloadable membership/renewal form may be found on the Membership page of this website. Use the form to confirm or update your contact information including mailing address, phone, and email address.
The lineup for the coming season has been announced (see below) and now it’s time to renew your HMRS membership to make certain that we can keep supporting this wonderful venture. The list of coaches includes many familiar faces. We are especially thrilled to welcome Tom Beets of the Flanders Quartet as a coach in February, 2024. The deadline for membership renewal is September 30, 2023. Details and a form for submitting payment can be found on the Membership page of this website.
The September 9 virtual session will feature Glen Shannon. The Recorder Society of Connecticut has recently announced that they have commissioned Glen to compose a work in memory of their beloved co-founder, Elise Jaeger. It is to be a four-part piece at an intermediate/high intermediate level of ability, so that it will be accessible to most players. Ruth Burbidge, one of our coaches, owns Peacock Press in England, and she will be publishing it. This ensures that it will have broad distribution on both sides of the water. We will certainly miss Elise whose cheery greetings to everyone as she signed on to virtual sessions always set a wonderful, friendly tone. HMRS members extend their heartfelt sympathies upon the passing of Elise.