Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra Newsletter


MPRO Workshop

On Saturday, January 20th, MPRO held a workshop featuring Kim Pineda directing a program on instrumental music of Schein, Scheidt, and Muffat. Over 40 people attended, including some from locations as far as Monterey and Sacramento. Beside the recorder players there were several viol and lute players, including two with large bass lutes, or theorboes. These were impressive looking instruments with many strings and necks over four feet long! The music was interesting, though a bit challenging for some of us. After playing a piece reasonably well, Kim would award us with a big smile and the exclamation "Cool!".

Kim plays the transverse flute and recorder, and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, in Israel, and on National Public Radio. He directs his own No-Frills Baroque Flute Boot Camp, and currently directs the Suzuki Recorder program at Seattle's Music Center of the Northwest. Kim has also adjudicated at the National Flute Association's Tri-annual Baroque Flute Artist competition.

Kim has other interests, including the culinary, martial, and healing arts, cycling, camping, zymurgy, and the pursuit of the ultimate cadence. In his spare time he works as a taster for the North American Salsa Association (NASA). (For more, see Kim’s website at http://www.eskimo.com/~emrkp/kpbio.html)

A Musician's Manifesto

People often tell me, "you're so lucky to travel the world and get paid for doing it, just to play your flute" or "you've got it easy! Wait till you have to get a real job."

Lucky is winning the lottery, not getting hired over and over again to play concerts! I don't just "play" my flute. That's what other people do. I perform and deliver. That's the difference. And who's got it "easy"? Everything is "real" about my job: not seeing my family, friends, and students for weeks at a time, living out of a suitcase, sitting on planes, staying mentally sharp when I'm jet lagged, not eating decent meals because of wacky schedules, sleeping in strange beds that don't fit me, standing in front of strangers who've paid hard-earned money for entertainment and intellectual stimulation, playing fabulously and reaping the rewards or playing just well enough to get rehired, pressure, stress, and being at my best during the sometimes rigorous task of talking to people in the receiving line when sometimes all I want to do is change my clothes, have a glass of water, and go home. These things are all real!

I've got a real job and it's a great one. That's why I picked it.

Kim Pineda, Seattle, 2000


Dear members of the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra,

Listed below is the music for the next three meetings of the orchestra. Please note that krummhorn players will be needed for the meeting on March 7, which begins at 7:30 P.M. and will be a joint rehearsal with the Palo Alto Madrigal Singers. The music which Tish Berlin will be presenting at the meeting on March 21 will be available from Laura Gonsalves on February 21 and March 7. Tish has asked that the orchestra practice this music in preparation for the March 21 meeting, so please plan on picking up your copies and working on one or more of the parts in each selection.

February 21
Handel: Overture for St. Cecilia's Day
I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
Schütz: Jauchzet dem Herrn

March 7
This meeting begins at 7:30 P.M.
Lassus: Tutto lo di
Schütz: Jauchzet dem Herrn
Binchois: Se j'eusse un seul peu d'esperanche
Mozart: March of the Priests

March 21
Tish Berlin, guest director
John Sheppard: I Give You a New Commandment
J.S. Bach: Christus, der uns selig macht
J.S. Bach: Prelude XXII
Senfl: Lust hab ich ghabt zuer Musica

I look forward to seeing you at these upcoming meetings.

Fred Palmer


Please add the following email to the membership list distributed with last November’s UpBeat:

Anthony Jackson: (See printed newsletter for new email address).

Chris Flake

David Bellugi Workshop and Concert in Sacramento

The Sacramento Recorder Society presents a workshop with David Bellugi on Saturday, March 10, from 9 to 4. The workshop will be held in the Music Room of Rudolf Steiner College, 9200 Fair Oaks Blvd, in Fair Oaks, CA. Bellugi will direct a day of polychoral Renaissance music in addition to the Ortiz, Bach, Bartok and Klezmer pieces he will be performing the next day. Both workshop and concert will be accompanied by classical accordion player Ivano Battiston.

David Bellugi is a recorder virtuoso, a concert and studio musician, a Macintosh-enthusiast, a Sound Designer editor and part owner of the Florence-based record company FRAME. David has a BA in Applied Musicology which he received Summa cum Laude from the University of California at San Diego. As soloist David has performed with many orchestras and in recitals and concert/lectures throughout Europe, North America and Australia.

The concert will be Sunday, March 11 at 7 p.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L Street, in downtown Sacramento. Donations are accepted.

The workshop fee will be $40 for SRS, ARS, and SFEMS members, $45 non-members. Contact Kathryn Canan, (916) 723-2409 or kacanan@attglobal.net, for registration details. Overnight housing with members of the Sacramento Recorder Society is available for workshop participants. Please request this in your registration.


Hausmusik presents "Annus Novus in Gaudio", a program of medieval chant, polyphony and lively instrumental music. Feature performers are RUACH:, Suzanne Elder Wallace, mezzo-soprano & percussion; and Shira Kammen, alto, vielle & harp. Joining them will be ILLUMINA, a women’s medieval vocal ensemble.

Performance will be on Sunday, February 25 at 4pm in the Parish Hall of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1501 Washington St in Albany. Please call 510-527-9029 for information and reservations.


Meet Mary Carrigan, Treasurer of MPRO. Originally from Montana, Mary graduated from the University of Washington in the 1950s. Then she pursued a dance career as student, performer and teacher in Seattle, NYC, and Washington, D.C. In the 1960s, she moved to Europe, living in Germany and France. Later, in the 70s and 80s, Mary worked as a librarian in Oakland and San Francisco. She also taught aerobics and took up recorder playing in her spare time. During the past decade, Mary studied Chinese medicine, went to China to study Qi Gung, and is now, though officially retired, teaching Qi Gung/Fitness to Seniors (frail and healthy) for the San Mateo Adult School. Mary says, "My musical background is quite splattered. I taught myself on the recorders and krummhorn, and then asked Fred Palmer to help out. I'm back to myself, now."

(Photograph by MPRO Historian Sonja Wilcomer. [Not available for web site at present] We plan to publish photographs of other board members in future issues of UpBeat to help us to know each other better.)