Boston Recorder Society Newsletter
 BRS's 60th Year!
November 2014
In This Issue
Low Recorders Workshop
Concerts + Events
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Next playing session: Sunday, November 16, 6:30-9:00 PM.

Please RSVP yes or no as soon as possible!

Refreshments in November will be provided by Marilyn's group.

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.
Low Recorders Workshop  


On November 1, fourteen BRS members attended an enjoyable and inspiring Low Recorders Workshop taught by coaches Héloïse Degrugillier and Tom Zajac. Tom led us through the fascinating Morley "8 Parts in 4 Canon," which required us to play the music backwards! The players had a great time with this work, and Tom directed it brilliantly.  Héloïse led us through a haunting and beautiful old French piece which evoked walking alone through a cold, dark night. The attendees were encouraged to "get outside our comfort zones" and play instruments we didn't normally play, and we all stretched ourselves a bit as musicians.

Our thanks go to Héloïse and Tom for their inspired leadership, and we also extend thanks to Tom and Kathy Kelleher for kindly loaning us their low recorders for the workshop.

Watch this space for information about future workshops scheduled for 2015.
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.

Saturday, November 15, 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM 

Capturing Music: Writing and Singing Music in the Middle Ages
A multimedia event presented by Blue Heron in collaboration with Thomas Forrest Kelly. This unique presentation will explore the power of written music in pictures and sound, and will be in effect a "live action" version of Prof. Kelly's book, Capturing Music: The Story of Notation. This event has two parts; the first beginning at 3:00 PM, the second at 8:00 PM. One ticket entitles you to entry for both parts. A Q&A session will precede the second part, at 7:00 PM. Capturing Music will be available for purchase, and the author will be available to sign copies. Information about tickets is here


Sunday, November 16, 3:00-5:00 PM

BRS director Héloise Dégrugillier (recorder, baroque flute) and Balint Karosi (harpsichord) present music by Telemann, Bach and Corelli 

The 15th season of the Sunday Afternoon at the Greenough House series recreates the atmosphere of 18th and 19th century "musical afternoons" in the 1760 Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain. Tickets are available at the door: donation $15 ($10 seniors and students). Space is limited; reservations are suggested. Call 617-524-3158 or email More information.


Friday, November 21, 7:30-10:00 PM  

Renaissonics Dance Party  

Renaissance dance for everyone! No experience necessary. Everyone welcome!
Live music and vegan refreshments. Cost: Donations welcome. More information.
First Church in Cambridge
11 Garden Street (Harvard Square)


Saturday, November 22, 7:30 PM   

The Christmas Rose

A Joyful Noyse - Martins Aldins, director

Seasonal music for voices and instruments from medieval to contemporary, with a focus on floral imagery and legends. The centerpiece of the concert will be Caldara's delightful Christmas cantata Amarilli vezzosa.

Hancock Church, 1912 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA 02421 

$10 donation to support the music programs at the Hancock Church 

More information

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

Sunday, November 16
Sunday, December 21

Sunday, January 25
Sunday, February 22
Sunday, March 22
Saturday, April 11 Special event: All-day workshop
Sunday, April 26
Sunday, May 17
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