The grand finale to Seattle Recorder Society’s 2022-2023 season was an enjoyable, varied, and well attended Members’ Night in the sanctuary at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church. SRS Music Director Vicki Boeckman and President Laura Townsend welcomed the audience – in person and on Zoom – and noted that some people have never played at a Members’ Night before, some were new to the recorder, and others were seasoned players.
President Elect Dave Gloger, our organizer and emcee for the event, began by introducing the Rockin’ Recorder Revival, consisting of five of Vicki’s young students. They serenaded us with music from the 1300’s, O Virgo Spendens and Salterello (both by the prolific composer Anonymous), and music from ….this year (!) composed specifically for his ensemble mates by the quintet’s own David Brown (b. 2011), Adagio from Winter Wind.
The evening progressed with music new and old: 16th century (G.P. da Palestrina), 17th century (Andrea Falconieri, Johann Petz, Thomas Greaves, Thomas Weelkes), 18th century (Roberto Valentino, Francesco Mancini), 19th century (Sebastian de Yradier), 20th century (Claude Debussy, Hans Ulrich Staeps, Walter Roehr), and currently living composers (Lance Eccles, Sarah Riskind, Raphael Meyer). The audience also enjoyed pieces by Handel and Bach arranged by our own David Bowen -where he played the violin and organ parts, and a harp piece written and performed by member Jack O’Neill. Besides harp, organ, and violin the audience was also treated to the beautiful sounds of harpsichord, piano, cello, transverse flute, and of course, many sizes of Baroque and Renaissance recorders. Outfits ranged from a trio of matching red shirts/blue jeans/black shoes/grey hair to a quintet of whimsical beetles and bumble bees that buzzed with energy. Dave introduced the final Klezmer pieces, “in slow and fast tempos, most often played at joyous occasions”: how very fitting, as this year’s Members’ Night most certainly was a joyous occasion!
From the program
“Many thanks to all the performers who have shared their music so generously with us tonight, to the members of Seattle Recorder Society who have found even more new ways of making music together over the past year, to all our audience in person and online. We deeply appreciate your support, enthusiasm and encouragement!”
See you in Tacoma at the Port Townsend Workshop,
Evy Dudey, Secretary