COVID-19 Update 2
Rehearsals are currently cancelled through June out of concern for the health and well-being of our members. We will provide other updates in the coming weeks and months so please check back with our website.
In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Highland Park Recorder Society (HPRS) and Collegium Musicum (CM) are in the process of modifying our artistic collaboration project, and heavily researching the process of live-streaming. We are following the advice being updated daily on the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
Collaborative concerts with Collegium Musicum and Veritas Youth Symphony Orchestra
- The Story of the Original Collegium Musicum
- April 25 – Doors open 6:30 P. M., concert 7:00 P. M.
- Hidden Treasures of the Baroque
- June 13 – Doors open 6:30 P. M., concert 7:00 P. M.
Amy Herbitter will conduct the recorder playing sessions on selected Mondays.
Amy Herbitter is music director and recorderist for the Morris Consort, a group she helped found in 1998, appearing in performances from New York to Boston. In 2004 Amy presented her solo New York recital debut. She continues to appear as a soloist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as coaching and conducting playing sessions for chapters of the American Recorder Society in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. In addition, Amy performs on classical and folk guitar in solo performances in these areas. More recently she has focused on bringing the music of these instruments in concerts for residents of assisted living facilities all over New Jersey. She teaches recorder and guitar privately. Amy can be reached at email@example.com
2020 Meeting Dates
6:30 – 7:00 Meet and Greet. Set up music stands, chairs, etc.
7:00 – 9:00 Rehearse
9:00 – 9:30 Refreshments and socializing
The Story of the Original Collegium Musicum
- Feb 24, 2020
- March 9
- March 16
- March 30
- April 13
- April 20
Friday eve., April 24 Dress Rehearsal
Saturday eve., April 25 Performance
Doors Open 6:30 P. M.
Concert 7:00 P. M.
Hidden Treasures of the Baroque
- May 4, 2020
- May 11
- May 18
- June 1
- June 8
Friday, June 12, Dress Rehearsal
Saturday, June 13, Performance
Doors Open 6:30 P. M.
Concert 7:00 P. M.
Bach, Art of the Fugue, Praetorius, and recently discovered music of Baroque Belarus, Lithuania and Scandinavia
Come for the Music. Stay for the Snacks
Join the HPRS Snack Squad.
Bring a Savory or Sweet Treat
To the February and March meetings
Contact the Captain of the Snack Squad, (TBD) for more details.
Are You a Member?
Membership dues: $40 for the season.
$12 per meeting for Members
$20 per meeting for non-Members
Make your check payable to: Highland Park Recorder Society
Bring it to a meeting or mail it to:
Highland Park Recorder Society,
c/o Donna Messer, President
431 Lincoln Ave.,
Highland Park, NJ, 08904-2728
Highland Park Recorder Society and Collegium Musicum 2020 Artistic Collaboration Project
Veritas Youth Orchestra
Mira Kang, Music Director
David Jeong, Conductor
Donna Messer, Amy Herbitter – Recorders
Phyllis Lehrer, Harpsichord
Collegium Musicum String Quartet
Brennan Sweet, Violin
Alexi Yavtuhovich, Violin
Dennis Krasnokutsky, Viola
Mira Kang, Cello
Program One – Collegium Musicum – Facts and Story
Story of the original Collegium Musicum founded by Telemann in Leipzig in 1702 with university music students, giving weekly concerts as a voluntary association of professional musicians and university students from 1704, and later under the musical direction of Bach from April 1729 until the summer of 1737, and again from October 1739 until 1741.
Weekly performances took place Wednesdays, 4:00–6:00 P.M. in the coffee-house garden of the Zimmermann’s in the summer, and at the Zimmermann’s Friday between 8:00 and 10:00 P.M. in the winter.
Gottfried Zimmermann, their landlord and concert organizer died in May 1741. With his death the collegium could not long continue. It’s 40 years as an important musical cultural institution in Leipzig’s civic musical life came to an end in 1744.
Telemann Suite in A Minor
|No. 3||Air a l’Italian||Largo, gracieusement|
|No. 5||Rejouissance||Presto Viste|
Bach Double Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor Alexi Yavtuhovich
Telemann’s Viola Concerto in G Major Brennan Sweet
Harpsichord Concerto in the Old Style the style of Bach, by J. Franek
Beatles Goes Baroque, No. 1 arr. Peter Breiner
Program Two – Hidden Treasures of the Baroque
Vilno/Polotsk Notebooks – Recently discovered music of Baroque Belarussian, Lithuanian and Scandanavian music. Originally in lute tablature, and being arranged for recorders, strings and basso continuo by Collegium Musicum, it contains about 200 dances, unknown in our time. Arr. for 2 violins, viola, cello, bass viol, 1 double bass, harpsichord, lute, and 2 recorders.
M. Praetorius Suite of Dances from Terpischore
Marco Uccelini. Opera Arias, 4-Part; Bergamasca. Pub. 1640-1660.
Biber, Sonata Representiva, 1670, violin solo, w/optional recorders, lute, percussion.
Bach, Art of the Fugure (Die Kunst der Fugue) J. S. Bach(1685-1750)
Bach began working on this in the mid 1740s and worked on revisions in his last years. His sons, probably C. P. E. Bach, took charge of the publication, and it was printed posthumously in the autumn of 1751. It was the culmination of Bach’s early preoccupation with the canon as the strictest form of counterpoint, which dated back to his Weimar period in 1708 when he was appointed to the Duke of Weimar’s “Capelle and Kammermusik,” where he was referred to as the “newly appointed court organist” until March 1714, when he took on an additional post.
- Contrapunctus No. 1 for SATB Recorders, arr by Eric Haas
- Contrapunctus No. 2 or 3 for strings and recorders
- Contrapunctus No. 4 for strings and voices