There will not be a Zoom meeting in February. MPRO Director Fred Palmer will be traveling and will not have enough time for preparation. The next virtual meeting will probably be held in early March. MPRO members will be informed of the date by email when it is available.  Fred Palmer's column will return in the March newsletter.


The San Francisco Early Music Society has two in-person concerts scheduled soon. Agave Baroque will give three performances of "Bach: All in the Family" on February 25, 26 and 27, including music by multiple generations of the Bach family. There will be one performance of "Vivaldi Arias and Concertos" by Ensemble Jupiter in Berkeley on Thursday March 3.

SFEMS is now taking registration for five summer workshops between June and August. There will be “early bird” discounts for registration before March 31. The recorder workshop is scheduled for July 17-23 in Berkeley. Its theme is “New Beginings: Music for Births, Coronations, and Weddings. ”

SFEMS has also announced a new series of online classes including "Burgundian Blockbusters" with Shira Kammen on March 12 and 13 and "Ye olde song & dance" with Adam Gilbert on April 2. See the drop-down menus at https://sfems.org.


 Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations will give an in person concert, "Tous les matins du monde,"  featuring music from the court of Versailles, at U.C. Berkeley on March 4. See .https://calperformances.org./ The same program will be performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 25 as part of the Boston Early Music Festival. Virtual tickets will be available and can be used between March 11 and March 25. See: https://bemf.org/concert-season/jordi-savall/.

The Bay Area ensemble Voices of Music has scheduled three performances of “Musica Transalpina: Chamber Music from Italy and England” on February 18, 19, and 20.  See: https://www.voicesofmusic.org/concerts.html for more information.

The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival will present “From Hotteterre to Hotter Jazz” on February 27. The ensemble will include flute, harpsichord, viol,   jazz sax, guitar and bass. Its goal is to “apply Hotteterre’s improvisational ideas creatively in jazz style.” See: https://scbaroque.org/.

 The American Recorder Society has announced a new series of online classes beginning in March.. See the Events Calendar on the main ARS web page, https://americanrecorder.org/.

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento has an ongoing free live-streamed concert series at noon on Wednesdays, focusing on artists from the Sacramento region. The February 23 concert is "Baroque and Beyond", featuring Kathryn Canan on recorder in an ensemble including cello, harp and harpsichord. See: https://www.westminsac.org/music-noon.

A recent broadcast of the syndicated Harmonia Early Music radio series featured music from the Carvor Choirbook, the earliest surviving collection of Scottish sacred polyphony from the sixteenth century. It includes excerpts from the "Missa horrendo subdenda rotarum machinamento," whose alarming title refers to the martyrdom of St. Katherine. The complete broadcast is available at: https://indianapublicmedia.org/harmonia/the-carvor-choirbook.php.  Harmonia's home page also includes a link to another program commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin des Prez, with music by Josquin and composers he influenced.

The new North American Virtual Recorder Society has announced directors and dates for upcoming monthly meetings. The meetings will be held on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST. The next meeting is on February 26 More information is available at: North American Virtual Recorder Society.

Other  organizations have announced dates for (possibly) in-person events. The South Bay Recorder Society is planning a workshop on Saturday, March 26 with Glen Shannon. Check the SBRS website later for more information at:  https://sbrs-recorders.herokuapp.com/#/.

The 17th Biennial Berkeley Early Music Festival is planned for June 5-12.  Information will be available through the SFEMS website or directly at:  https://berkeleyfestival.org/.


The MPRO Board of Directors has evaluated participation in Zoom sessions and donations received from Zoom participants so far during the 2021-2022 season.  The Board has decided to continue the approach to dues and donations adopted last fall, as follows:

Dues will not be charged for the rest of the season.  (Zoom sessions are projected to continue through June. It appears unlikely that we will be able to meet in person.) A $10 fee for each Zoom meeting will be requested from all attendees (members and non-members).  The request will be announced in invitations to Zoom meetings and at the meetings. Payment of fees will be on the honor system. Donations for Zoom meetings are not tax-deductible.

The Board: President: Judith Unsicker; Treasurers: Chantal Moser and Mary Ashley; Recording Secretary: vacant; Membership: Chris Flake and Tom Granvold; Publicity: vacant; Graphics: Mary Ashley; Newsletter Editor: vacant; Workshop Coordinator: vacant; Hospitality: vacant; Music Sales: Laura Gonsalves; Historian: vacant; Webmaster: Dan Chernikoff;  Music Director: Fred Palmer.  MPRO website: http://www.mpro-online.org   


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