I hope this finds you all well, uplifted and energized by the return of the light and the Spring equinox. This newsletter is full of relevant information, so I encourage you to grab a nice warm beverage, settle in a comfortable place and make time to scroll through all the pages! I find it slightly bittersweet that we have come this far, and that April will be our last formal playing session for this 2022/23 season. Next month, May 12, is our annual Members’ Night where YOU take center stage, so I hope you have dusted off your instruments and voices and started to think about sharing your creative juices. President-elect Dave Gloger will be the MC for the evening and is in charge of gathering your information and making the program. See his announcement to find out the details, including when the deadline is for signing up, and please be respectful of it. I’m looking forward to hearing you.
I am personally over the moon about the return of our long-awaited in-person Port Townsend Early Music Workshop July 9 – 15. Founded by Peter Seibert in 1983, this year marks the 40th anniversary of our beloved workshop. In addition to Peter, I’m particularly excited to have two of the original faculty on the team who are still going strong and thrilled to be back: Eva Legêne and Mary Springfels.
While we had hoped to open registration for our workshop on March 15, we have run into some pesky technical problems. Registration will open by March 31 or before. Please bear with us. Thanks for your patience. Meanwhile, you may want to peruse the Course Curriculum and start dreaming about what you will sign up for: Class Curriculum Guide PT 2023
For our upcoming April 14 playing session I am looking forward to leading you in Georg Philipp Telemann’s delightful Water Music (Wassermusik), which we played many years ago. I’m even more excited to offer it this month because it was composed to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the German Hamburg Admiralty in a performance on April 6, 1723! So, this month we celebrate the 300th anniversary. What fun! The full title, Hamburger Ebb’ und Fluth (Hamburg ebb and flood), was written to honor Hamburg’s geographical location as an important and successful port on the Elbe river. The ever-ingenious Telemann illustrates the piece with mythological water deities and brilliant tone paintings. We’ll play several of the original ten movements including the sleeping sea goddess Thetis; the sea god Neptune in love; Neptune’s son and sea messenger Triton joking; Aeolus, ruler of the winds; and Zephir, god of the west wind.
If you plan to attend in person, help setting up is always appreciated and please remember to let me know (email@example.com) no later than Wednesday, April 12, if you intend to participate in person, and what size or sizes of recorders you prefer.
New Officer to be Elected at the April Meeting
Our annual meeting as required by SRS bylaws always occurs at the start of the regular April meeting. We will take a few minutes at our April 14 meeting to vote for one officer for the coming year (only members of the Seattle Recorder Society may vote). For folks Zooming in you may vote by show of hands. You may nominate any additional people for each office provided that they have agreed ahead of time to serve.
You will be asked to cast your vote on the following candidate nominated by the board:
President-Elect: Nancy Bent