APRIL-MAY 2017

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

The MPRO Board has begun planning for our 2017-2018 season.  Tentative dates for rehearsals and our January workshop have been submitted to Trinity Church. Final dates should be available on the MPRO webpage by late August.

This will be the last issue of Upbeat until September.  I expect to continue as de facto newsletter editor unless someone else volunteers for the position (hint, hint). If you have an article or announcement that you would like to include in the September issue, please email it to me by mid-August.

-Judith Unsicker

RAVENSCROFT’S REMEMBER REDUX

In researching Remember, O Thou Man for the March issue of Upbeat, I came across a theory that this melody evolved into the British national anthem, God Save the Queen (or King).  Further research showed that the theory was promoted by, among others, John Philip Sousa. In an 1890 book, National, Patriotic, and Typical Airs of All Lands, Sousa wrote that Remember, O Thou Man “is the air on the ground of which ‘God Save the King’ is sometimes claimed for Scotland.  It is in two strains of 8 bars each and has the rhythm and melody of the modern tune in the first and third bars of the second strain. But it is in minor.”  This would make the American version of the anthem, America (alias My Country ‘Tis of Thee) another descendant of “Remember, O Thou Man.“  Sousa’s book is available online through a Google Books search.

-Judith Unsicker

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CONDUCTOR’S CORNER

Dear members of the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra,

        

        Listed below is information regarding the final three meetings, concert run through and performance that will conclude MPRO’s 2016-2017 season.  Since there was no time available at Trinity Presbyterian Church this year for a dress rehearsal, the orchestra will instead have a run through of the performance at 12:15 P.M. on the day of the performance, May 6.  This means that those taking part in the concert will be expected to arrive at the church by 11:50 A.M. that day.  In regard to the meetings, please note that there will be sectional seating for the Frank Gloria Patri, qui creavit nos with those in Primus Chorus on the right as they face the conductor and those in Secundus Chorus on the left.  Please observe this seating arrangement when you choose your place at the beginning of the meetings on April 12 and April 26.  There will be seating charts for the meeting on May 1.  Also, please note that sopranino, great bass and contrabass recorders, bassoons, krummhorns and bass viola da gamba will be needed at these three meetings as well.  These instruments will also be needed for the concert run through and performance on May 6.  The meeting on Monday, May 1, will take place at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Carlos at 7:30 P.M., and the spring concert will be at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 6, at 2:00 P.M. following the 12:15 P.M. run through.  As in the past, small ensembles are encouraged to appear in the spring concert.  Those groups that intend to perform at the spring concert on May 6 are asked to send me the following information by April 21:  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.

April 12

Franck: Gloria Patri, qui creavit nos 

Praetorius:  La Canarie

Vivaldi:  Concerto RV 531

Ravenscroft:  Remember, Oh Thou Man

Fortuna desperata

Trenet and Lasry:  La Mer

 

April 26

Franck: Gloria Patri, qui creavit nos 

Praetorius:  La Canarie

Vivaldi:  Concerto RV 531

Ravenscroft:  Remember, Oh Thou Man

Fortuna desperata

Trenet and Lasry:  La Mer

Monday, May 1

Trinity Presbyterian Church

1106 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Carlos

7:30 P.M.

Franck: Gloria Patri, qui creavit nos 

Praetorius:  La Canarie

Vivaldi:  Concerto RV 531

Ravenscroft:  Remember, Oh Thou Man

Fortuna desperata

Trenet and Lasry:  La Mer

Saturday, May 6

MPRO Spring Concert

Trinity Presbyterian Church

Program run through

12:15 P.M.

Performance

2:00 P.M.

Franck: Gloria Patri, qui creavit nos 

Fortuna desperata

Trenet and Lasry:  La Mer

Ravenscroft:  Remember, Oh Thou Man

Praetorius:  La Canarie

Vivaldi:  Concerto RV 531

The orchestra’s spring concert will feature some of the most imaginative and attractive music in terms of instrumentation and repertoire that MPRO has presented to date, and I encourage you to invite your family and friends to attend this performance.  I would also like to thank the members of MPRO for all of the time and effort that they have put in preparing this season’s music, as well as MPRO’s President, Judith Unsicker, and the orchestra's officers for seeing to the necessary tasks that make MPRO's programs possible.  Special thanks go to Greta Haug-Hryciw for continuing to serve as the orchestra’s Assistant Director and conducting a portion of this season’s spring concert.  I wish all MPRO members the very best this summer and look forward to seeing all of you again in September at our first meeting of the orchestra’s 2017-2018 season.   Sincerely, Fred Palmer

DONATIONS

Donations to MPRO are always welcome. If you plan to itemize tax deductions, checks should be made payable to the San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS).  Please do not mail donations for MPRO directly to SFEMS, or try to donate to MPRO online through the SFEMS webpage.  If you don't plan to itemize deductions, it is easier for us if your check is made to MPRO.  Checks should be  mailed to LouAnn Hofmann.  

The Board: President: Judith Unsicker; Treasurer: LouAnn Hofmann; Recording Secretary: Helen Shamble; Membership: Chris Flake; Publicity: vacant; Graphics: Mary Ashley; Newsletter Editor: vacant; Workshop Coordinator: vacant; Hospitality: vacant; Music Sales: Laura Gonsalves; Historian: vacant; Webmaster: Dan Chernikoff;  Music Director: Fred Palmer; Assistant Music Director: Greta Haug-Hryciw. 

 

MPRO website: http://www.mpro-online.org      

 

 

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