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NOVEMBER 2010
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTS

਍ഀ Grace and Liz਍ഀ Following up on our recent theme of "Getting to know you" , herewith਍ഀ find another biographical sharing by one of the newer members of MPRO.਍ഀ Thank you so much, Fidele. Your story reveals how lucky we are to have you਍ഀ on board!਍ഀ ਍ഀ

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Grace and Liz (Co-Presidents)
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਍ഀ ਍ഀ Remembrances of my Musical Life਍ഀ
਍ഀ Fidele Galey਍ഀ
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਍ഀ I've always wanted to play in an orchestra. The problem was, I didn't play an orchestral instrument.਍ഀ Then I heard about MPRO. And I became a fan and an audience member every chance I had. At the time I਍ഀ was raising two children and didn't have time to add any activities to my busy schedule. The idea of being a਍ഀ part of a recorder orchestra was very exciting to me, but I knew it had to wait.਍ഀ

਍ഀ My dad was an avid recorder player, and he was eager to pass his enthusiasm for the instrument along to਍ഀ members of his family. However, of his six children, I was the only one to take to the recorder. I don't even਍ഀ remember when I started to play, probably when I was a young teenager. My dad was a demanding teacher,਍ഀ but playing alto duets with him was always such a joyful experience for me.਍ഀ

਍ഀ The music my parents listened to, the music I grew up hearing, was almost exclusively Baroque, mostly਍ഀ J.S. Bach. A favorite family activity was to gather around the piano and play a Bach piece, usually Sheep਍ഀ May Safely Graze, sometimes one of the Brandenburg movements, Dad and I on alto recorder, Mom on tenor਍ഀ recorder, a sister on piano and a brother on string bass.਍ഀ

਍ഀ As a young adult, I took a recorder class at West Valley College, where I met many of the people I still਍ഀ play with in the South Bay. For years I played with the Tunitarians, the recorder players at the Los Gatos਍ഀ Unitarian Fellowship, and occasionally I'd play with other small groups.਍ഀ

਍ഀ When my daughter was in elementary school, I became the recorder teacher for her class. At the time I਍ഀ still had not learned to play a C recorder, and the children were, for economic reasons, learning the soprano.਍ഀ But it worked out: if a child needed to know how to play a particular note, I would simply point to another਍ഀ child eager and willing to demonstrate.਍ഀ

਍ഀ When the end of the Tunitarians coincided with the departure of my youngest child for college, I realized਍ഀ it was time to join the orchestra.਍ഀ

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਍ഀ Dear members of the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra,਍ഀ

਍ഀ Listed below is the music for the orchestra’s next two meetings. Please note that the meeting on Tuesday, November 30, ਍ഀ is the dress rehearsal for the orchestra’s two performances in December and will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, ਍ഀ 3149 Waverley Street in Palo Alto at 7:30 P.M. On Friday, December 3, the orchestra will be performing in a Winter Gala ਍ഀ concert presented by the California State University, East Bay Department of Music at All Saints Catholic Church, ਍ഀ 22824 2nd Street in Hayward at 7:30 P.M. The orchestra's holiday concert will take place at Grace Lutheran Church on ਍ഀ Saturday, December 4, at 2:00 P.M. All those planning on taking part in either performance are expected to attend the ਍ഀ dress rehearsal on November 30. As in the past, small ensembles are encouraged to appear in the holiday concert on December 4. ਍ഀ Those groups that intend to perform at the holiday concert are asked to send me the following information by November 17: ਍ഀ the title(s) of the music to be performed, the name(s) of the composer(s), the name of the ensemble (if any) and the names ਍ഀ of the ensemble's members. Regarding the upcoming meetings, please note that great bass and contrabass recorders, ਍ഀ krummhorns, dulcien and viola da gamba will be needed on November 17 as well as November 30,਍ഀ

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November 17MPRO Rehearsal
਍ഀ Haydn: Feld-Parthie
਍ഀ Bassano: Quem vidistis pastores?
਍ഀ Bach: Chorus and Chorale
਍ഀ Shmulowitz: A Brivele der Mam'n
਍ഀ Legrenzi: Sonata "La Buscha"
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Tuesday, Nov 30 MPRO Dress Rehearsal
Grace Lutheran Church, 7:30 PM

਍ഀ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Silent Night; O Come, All Ye Faithful
਍ഀ Bach: Chorus and Chorale
਍ഀ Legrenzi: Sonata "La Buscha"
਍ഀ Telemann: Adagio largo
਍ഀ Bassano: Quem vidistis pastores?
਍ഀ Go hert, hurt with adversite
਍ഀ Be pes! Ye make me spille my ale!
਍ഀ Haydn: Feld-Parthie
਍ഀ Shmulowitz: A Brivele der Mam'n
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਍ഀ I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming dress rehearsal and concerts.਍ഀ

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਍ഀ Sincerely,਍ഀ
਍ഀ Fred Palmer਍ഀ
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਍ഀ Workshop Scheduled for January 29th਍ഀ ਍ഀ

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਍ഀ Saturday, January 29, 2011, the Mid Peninsula Recorder Orchestra Winter Workshop presents Music of Nations; ਍ഀ Renaissance to Modern, directed by Clea Galhano. The workshop will be held from 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. ਍ഀ at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park. Details and a registration form ਍ഀ will be included in the December UpBeat.਍ഀ

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਍ഀ On Friday, December 3, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will be performing portions of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the ਍ഀ CSU East Bay Singers, directed by Dr. Buddy James, at All Saints Catholic Church, 22824 2nd Street in Hayward, California at ਍ഀ 7:30 P.M. For further information regarding this performance, including ticket reservations, please contact the California ਍ഀ State University, East Bay Department of Music at 510-885-3167.਍ഀ

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਍ഀ MPRO Holiday Concert਍ഀ ਍ഀ

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਍ഀ On Saturday, December 4, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a concert at Grace Lutheran Church, ਍ഀ 3149 Waverley Street in Palo Alto at 2:00 P.M. The program will feature the Sonata "La Buscha" by Legrenzi, the ਍ഀ Adagio largo from the Oboe Concerto in C minor by Telemann with Nicholas Vigil, oboe soloist, selections from a ਍ഀ divertimento by Haydn, two 15th-century English songs, an antiphonal motet by Giovanni Bassano and portions of ਍ഀ Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Joining the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will be the CSU East Bay Singers, ਍ഀ directed by Dr. Buddy James. The location of this concert is wheelchair accessible. The Mid-Peninsula Recorder ਍ഀ Orchestra is an affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society. For further information please call Frederic Palmer at 650-591-3648.਍ഀ

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਍ഀ He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key.਍ഀ

਍ഀ After C and G split the fifth, C was sadly diminished and G was beside herself, so of course she was strangely augmented.਍ഀ

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