2021-2022 Seminar Series: Join us on February 21

Due to Covid restrictions, we have had to reorganize our seminars for the next few months. Our Music Director, Dr. Lewis Baratz, will lead all the seminars, joined at times by guest artists. At this time, this is our plan for upcoming meeting dates and topics –

2/21/22 – The Bird Fancier’s Delight and English Solo Preludes and Divisions by Messrs. Morgan, Hills, Gorton, Pepusch, Purcell, Finger, and other esteemed composers.

3/21/22 – Introduction to French Baroque Music

4/18/22 – Duet Night - Renaissance and Baroque 2-Part Music (with Sarah Devol, baroque oboist and recorderist, on recorder. )

5/16/22 – Intro to Early 17th-Century Music: Rossi, Merula and Falconieri (with Nathan Bishop, baroque violinist and Benjamin Berman, harpsichordist)

6/20/22 – Playing Playford – The English Popular Music Tradition, 1651-1706 (with Agnes Simkens, modern and baroque violinist; Matthew Weinman, lute, theorbo; and Benjamin Berman)

In February’s seminar, we will explore the music of the “Bird Fancyer’s Delight,” a 1717 collection of tunes that were played to teach pet birds to sing. Of course, this was probably “fanciful” in itself. Nonetheless, the collection provides an insight into domestic music in early Georgian England. We will also explore some of the unaccompanied pieces found in the 1706 edition of “The Division Flute.” The music for the seminar will be played most readily by players of the alto, sopranino, and bass recorders, but everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the presentation.

If you are interested in any of the seminars listed above, that you have not registered for, it is not too late. You may register by clicking on the link below.

Visit our 2021-2022 Seminar Series page for more information or to register.

If you have any questions, please email Donna Messer, President of the Highland Park Recorder Society, at recorderdonna@gmail.com .

Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners
Through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.