MPRO Scrapbook

Press Clippings

San Francisco Chronicle - June 9, 2000
Recorder Group Plays With a Flourish - Instrument's surprising range on show in Berkeley

Fred Rehersing Us Kids   Is that a bassoon?

Palo Alto Weekly - June 2, 1995
Recorders at the ready - Midpeninsula Recorder Orchestra brings free early music concerts to Palo Alto


June 1, 2013, 2:00 PM - Trinity Presbyterian Church, San Carlos

MPRO Spring Concert

To celebrate their 50th Season, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra presented their annual Spring Concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

The program featured Renaissance pieces by Gabrieli, Dufay, and Praetorius, a twenteth century piece by Nancy Bloomer Deussen (with the composer attending the performance), and a Baroque Concerto by Corelli.

The small ensemble Amaranta also performed a twenty first century piece by Paul Leenhouts.


June 5, 2005, 3:00 PM - Grace Lutheran Church, Palo Alto

MPRO Spring Concert with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Prep. Division

The MPRO was joined by The Preparatory Division of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Kris Yenney Director, for our annual Spring Concert.

The program featured two works for recorders and string orchestra, the Sonata pro Tabula by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber and the Concerto a 8 by Johann David Heinichen. Other selections included music by Franz Joseph Haydn, Hugo de Lantins and Sholom Secunda.

Small ensembles that performed included the Linsenbergermeisters, the Unicorn Consort, and Rondeau.


June 10, 2000 - Berkeley Early Music Festival, Berkeley CA

American Recorder Society Reception, Faculty Club

The MPRO was invited to be the featured performers at the ARS Reception given at the Faculty Club, as part of the ARS's involvement in the Berkeley Early Music Festival.

The orchestra played works by Rossi, Britten, Arbeau, Marais, MacDowell, and a number of Shaker Melodies arranged for recorders by Fred Palmer.


June 4, 2000 - Avenidas Senior Center, Palo Alto

A Salute to America's Youth through Music

Featuring works by Handel, Haydn, and Gastoldi.
The MPRO was joined by students from the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, directed by Dana Jain and Vicky Rybka.
Harp soloist Janice Ortega performed the Conerto for Harp and Recorders, by Handel.
Also featured on this program was the world premiere of Mari Kermit-Canfield's 1999 composition for recorder ensemble entitled, "Aboriginal Wind".


May 22, 2000 - Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Hofmann Theatre, Walnut Creek

Young Performers String Orchestra, Millennium Season Finale

The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra, Fred Palmer, Director, appeared with the Young Person's String Orchestra, Merilee Walker, Director.

MPRO joined with the YPSO to perform pieces by Vejvanovsky and Massiano.


December 12, 1999 - Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, San Mateo

Holiday Sounds

The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra, Frederic Palmer, director, with the Palo Alto Madrigal Singers, Doris Williams, director, presented a concert of holiday music by Gussago, Praetorius, Frescobaldi, Bach, and Boismortier.

Also performing were

Anthony jackson, Sharon Mead, recorders
Penni Savage, viola da gamba
Fred Palmer, organ

The Silicon Valley Consort
Diana Fischer, George Greenwood, Stevie White, recorders
Bill Lazar, viola da gamba
Lee Hukill, harpsichord

Susan Casey, recorder
Fred Palmer, organ

Amy Booth, Mary Carrigan, Susan Casey,
Diana Fischer, John Pronko, recorders


December 1995 - Mission San Jose, Fremont

MPRO Christmas concert

The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra, Frederic Palmer, director

Diana Fischer and John Pronko - recorders, Peter Adams - gamba, Fred Palmer - harpsichord

Attention Orchestra Members:

If anyone has any pictures or programs from these or other MPRO performances, please give them to me (Dan Chernikoff), I'll scan them in, and then return them to you. If you have them online, please mail them to Thank You!