Celebrating Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Sephardic Music

March 18, 2017, at 8:00 P.M. we are celebrating our 30th anniversary with a concert of Hits and Highlights of 7 Centuries:  Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Sephardic Music, and the world premiere of a Concerto Grosso by John Franek, at the United Methodist Church, 323 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ.

We are envisioning the performance of this music as part of a program in March, which the American Recorder Society (ARS) designates Play-the-Recorder Month, and which Early Music America (EMA) designates Early Music Month.  The Society is participating in the world-wide effort to enhance public awareness of the variety and beauty of the sounds of the recorder and early music.

Saturday, March 18, 2017, the American Recorder Society has designated Recorder Day.  It is the day they have chosen for recorder groups around the world to perform recorders in a great variety of public spaces and venues. We plan to perform their especially commissioned piece on that day as part of this concert.

If you are interested in performing with us in the program of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Sephardic Music, and two especially commissioned pieces, please know that the Highland Park Recorder Ensemble rehearses Sundays from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at the home of Donna Messer, 431 Lincoln Ave., Highland Park, NJ 08904. Please know that you are welcome to come and try this out.

We are looking for players of baroque strings, violin, viola, and bass viol, for the commissioned concerto grosso, and they may play in other parts of the program. If you play any of these or if you know someone who might like this opportunity to rehearse regularly and perform, please share this information with them and invite them to contact me.

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Highland Park Recorder Society welcomes old and new players, amateurs and professionals to playing sessions and performance opportunities in its 30th season.

Recorder players of all levels are invited to the Highland Park Recorder Society’s first monthly recorder playing session on Monday, January 23, 2017, 7– 9 P.M. to be conducted by Deborah Booth, noted and esteemed performer on modern and historical flutes and recorders.

Please come at 6:30 with your instruments and music stand to set up in the Parlor Room of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, located at 19 South Second Avenue, Highland Park, NJ. Free parking is in back of the church via Magnolia Street.  ADA handicapped accessible. After January, future sessions will continue to be conducted by guest conductors the first Monday of each month:

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The Highland Park Recorder Society has been awarded a grant for 2017 with funding from Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State.

The grant will help support its series of events welcoming guest conductors to conduct playing sessions.

Donna Messer, HPRS President, will collaborate with over 200 students and their music teachers during Music in Our Schools Month, to perform a concert with 2nd and 3rd grade students performing music from around the world on recorders, and their music teachers, performing music of Bach and Purcell, with soprano voice, violins and basso continuo.

March 22, 2017, 1:00 P.M., Terrence G. Reilly School No. 7, Elizabeth, NJ.

The Highland Park Recorder Society will hold monthly playing sessions with noted guest conductors.
January 23, 2017: Deborah Booth (Click here for bio)
February 6, 2017: Maestro Robert Butts (Click here for bio)
March 6, 2017
April 3, 2017
May 8, 2017
June 5, 2017

CONCERT! The Highland Park Recorder Society will celebrate its 30th Anniversary Year with a concert, Hits and Highlights from 7 Centuries, with an ensemble of recorders, strings, and basso continuo, featuring music from 7 centuries,Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7:30 P.M., United Methodist Church, 323 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. It will feature World Premiere of the Highland Concerto, a neo-Baroque Concerto Grosso by John Frankek, especially commissioned for this event.

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