Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra Newsletter



Ah, thank you Tish. What a workout you gave us with wonderful works of Venetian Composers! We played pieces from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century; from Ciconia to Vivaldi. We learned of the Amherst early music project of republishing the music of the Odhecaton, the first musical volume to be set by moveable type, a project which took three years in the 1600s. By far the most difficult piece Tish led us through was the Vivaldi G minor concerto for strings and harpsichord which she had arranged for recorders. My favorites were the double choir piece by Gabrieli (and didn't we wish we were in St. Mark's?) and the Monteverdi madrigal.

The workshop was held in a new location - the Union Church of Cupertino, and we had a good turn out. The exact building where we were located was a bit difficult for some people to find, and the door to one of the "johns" kept locking itself, making for waiting lines, but all in all, everything else seemed fine. We got feedback from the Emrys that it was a good location for the people on the other side of the mountains, and also seemed reachable for people in the North and East Bay. As usual, the food was delicious and plentiful. Thanks to a lot of people too numerous to mention individually, the set up and tear down was super efficient. My thanks to all of you for helping to make this a successful workshop.

Stevie White

The Viol

(viol da gamba)

The musicke with a sette of violes doth no lesse delite a man: for it is verrie sweet and artificiall.

Castiglione, 1528


Dear members of the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra,

The orchestra's spring concert will take place at the Portola Valley Town Center in Portola Valley on Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 P.M. The dress rehearsal for this concert will also take place at the Portola Valley Town Center on Wednesday, May 29, at 7:30 P.M. Please note this information on your calendar. Maps to the Portola Valley Town Center will be available at the May meetings. I encourage all MPRO members to take part in the spring concert and to invite their family and friends to attend.

Listed below is the music for the orchestra's next two meetings. Please note that the part assignments for the Machaut, Donnez, signeurs will be the same as those for the Landini, Che pena è quest'al cor. There will also be a rehearsal for the MPRO Ensemble on Wednesday, February 13, at 7:30 P.M. Only those who have volunteered to take part in the March video recording of the orchestra need attend this rehearsal. Please note that at the rehearsal on February 13 members of the Ensemble are asked to wear the attire they are planning for the video recording. This will give the producer and staff from the cable station, who will be attending the rehearsal that evening, the opportunity to correct any problems that may arise due to colors or patterns which are not compatible with television.

February 13
MPRO Ensemble rehearsal, 7:30 P.M.
Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School

Rossi: Sinfonia
L'autre jour/Au tens pascour/In seculum
Claudin de Sermisy: Tant que vivray
Britten: Scherzo
Arbeau: Belle qui tiens ma vie
Marais: Rondeau
MacDowell: To A Wild Rose
I Will Bow and Be Simple, The Humble Heart, Simple Gifts
Ippolitov-Ivanov: Bless the Lord, O my soul
Viadana: La Mantovana

February 20
Landini: Che pena è quest'al cor
Margolis: Recorder Quartet
Pärt: Pari Intervallo
Rozhinkes mit Mandeln

March 6
Soderino: L'Angelina
Machaut: Gais et jolis; Donnez, signeurs
Vejvanovsky: Serenada
Haydn: Divertimento in F, Finale

I look forward to seeing you at these upcoming meetings.

Fred Palmer


Meet Laura Gonsalves, our Music Saleswoman. Laura is the person who gets all our music copied and distributed. (Formerly, this function was performed by the MPRO Librarian. However, the library was discontinued a few years ago because nobody used it.)

Laura was born in Connecticut and moved to California in 1948. She graduated from San Jose State and taught elementary school in the Moreland School district in San Jose for 30 years. She raised 4 children and has 7 grandchildren. Now retired, Laura spends a good portion of her time participating in recorder groups, workshops and concerts. She is editor of the South Bay Buzz, the Newsletter of the South Bay Recorder Society. Laura also enjoy tennis, and enjoys birding and travelling with her husband.

Laura’s interest in playing music began when she took a class "Recorder for the Classroom Teacher". Never having played an instrument before, she had to learn to read music, too. She had so much fun with the recorder she joined the MPRO in 1974, and has been playing ever since. When a friend let her try a krummhorn, she found that fun, too, and got one of her own. When the krummhorns play, Laura is there!


HAUSMUSIK’s next concert, Canrnaval of Florence, will be held Sunday, March 3, at 4:00 PM at St. Alban’s, 1501 Washington St., Albany. Music from 16th century Florence at the time of Lorenzo de’ Medici will be presented.

Performers will be Suzanne Elder Wallace, mezzo-soprano, Frances Feldon, winds & tenor viol, Shira Kammen, violin & harp, Herb Myers, viola & winds, and Roy Whelden, bass viol.

Call (510) 527-9029 for reservations and information.