Boston Recorder Society Newsletter
 BRS's 60th Year!
May 2015
In This Issue

Next playing session: 
Sunday, May 17, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Please RSVP yes or no as soon as possible!

Refreshments this month will be provided by the BRS Board, in Celebration of our 60th Birthday!

New players always welcome--- recorders, baroque flutes and strings, or early loud winds. If you are new to BRS, your first session is a free trial. See the BRS website for details about our ensembles, membership options, and directions.
Successful BRS Spring Workshop
The annual BRS Spring Workshop, held on May 2, 2015, was a very enjoyable experience for all, with 21 participants in attendance. BRS would like to thank our coaches: Will Ayton, Rachel Begley, and Jane Hershey. 


Parking Information and Tips

Reminder: For our Sunday meetings, the BRS discount rate of $1.50 for the parking lot behind University Hall is available for a maximum of three hours. After three hours you will be charged an additional fee.

Parking is available on local streets, and resident permits are not required Sundays. Tip: If you can't find a space on Mass. Ave., spots are often available on Frost Street. To get there, turn off Mass Ave onto Forest Street, and then take the second left onto Frost. Frost Street ends at Roseland Street, from which you can enter the Lesley building through the parking lot (and park if you did not get lucky!).
60th Anniversary Celebration for BRS!

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Boston Recorder Society, and a celebration is in order! During the break at our upcoming meeting on May 17th, we will have cake and champagne to celebrate as we raise a glass to our next 60 years. We hope you will join us! 

We are also extending a special invitation to our members of long-standing, with hopes that some members who have been active with BRS in the past might return and join the celebration. Please come and join us in our playing session, as well as our celebration during the break. If you are in touch with any members who might want to join us for this very special occasion, please spread the word!

Special Concert to Benefit Tom Zajac
Monday, June 8, 2015

The Society for Historically Informed Performance has organized "Battaglia d'Amor," a special benefit concert for Tom Zajac, on Monday, June 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley Street, Boston. More information is available at the SoHIP website. Tom has been courageously dealing with serious medical issues for the past couple of years, and this concert is a means for the Boston music community to show its support for Tom during this challenging time. Additionally, a site has been established here for those who might wish to help Tom and his family with his medical expenses. 

Notice of Annual Meeting

The BRS Annual Meeting and election of Board Members will be held at 7:45 pm, during the break at our upcoming meeting on May 17, 2015, in the basement lobby of 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. The election of the new board will take place at this time.

Recorders for Sale

For Sale: a complete set (SATB) of barely-used Yamaha plastic recorders, discounted over 50% to $8, $15, $35, and $140, respectively (or $180 for the set). Please contact Helen at 617-945-0675, or

Concerts, Classes, and Events 
If you have news or announcements of interest to the BRS community, please send your information before the 10th of each month to the newsletter editor.

The New England Early Music Calendar provides a list of events from around the region. You can now submit your own events directly to the web site.

Vox Lucens presents two performances of "Early Works by the Masters - On the Edge of Baroque":
Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 4:00 p.m. at Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, and
Saturday June 13, 2015 - 4:30 p.m. at The Goethe Institute, 170 Beacon Street, Boston (A Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Event)
The 17th century was a time of musical experimentation and change, a transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque. We explore early works by the masters Sweelinck, Monteverdi, Gesualdo, and Schutz, including a beautifully crafted mass by the great innovator, Claudio Monteverdi. For ticket information, visit

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 3:00 p.m.  

Live in Lincoln Center--First Parish in Lincoln presents its "Spring Choral Concert" 

Parish House Auditorium, 14 Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA

The program features the First Parish Choir performing joyful, moving and uplifting music spanning six centuries. Ian Watson, Music Director at First Parish and Resident Conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society, is conductor and accompanist. A $20 free-will donation is suggested--any amount is welcome--your contributions help to support the music program at First Parish in Lincoln.


Friday, June 12, 2015 - 9:15 - 11:45 a.m. 

ARS Sponsored Recorder Relay - Church of St. John the Evangelist, 35 Bowdoin Street, Boston

Featuring performances by Pentimento, The Quilisma Consort, Benjamin Oye, A Showcase of Students from the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, the Celebration Recorder Choir, and The Boston Common Flutes. 


June 7-14, 2015

Boston Early Music Festival

Tickets are now on sale for this wonderful event, which comes to Boston every other summer. For more information, visit or call 617-661-1812.


Summer 2015 Early Music Workshops

Early Music Week, World Fellowship Center, Conway, NH-June 25-July 2, 2015
Amherst Early Music Festival July 5-12 and 12-19, 2015
Pinewoods Early Music Week August 15-22, 2015  


Thinking about private lessons or coached ensemble classes?   
See our Early Music  Teachers List. 
Save the Dates! 
Upcoming BRS Meetings in 2015  

Watch for the next issue of the BRS newsletter for the announcement of dates for the upcoming 2015-16 BRS Season!
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