Frances Feldon will be our conductor on February 20:

Me Too: Music from the Court of Margaret of Austria

Marguerite of Austria (1480-1530) was one of the most powerful royal women in Europe at the time, and a great patroness of the arts, especially music, but she had a very sad life. She was responsible for the compilation of several chansonniers (song books), including her commission of the one we will explore in this class: the large, elaborately decorated chansonnier known as Brussels, Bibliotheque royale MS 228. This collection reflects both Marguerite’s personal musical taste, and the world from which it sprang: there is an intimate connection between the content of the book to her court and biography. Some of the texts were written by Marguerite herself. Composers represented in the collections include all the greats of the Franco-Flemish tradition: Ockeghem, Obrecht, Agricola, Pipelare, Josquin, De la Rue, and others. We will play selections by Marguerite’s favorite composer, Pierre de la Rue, and Johannes Ockeghem. 

Frances Feldon

Frances is quite sure she was a troubadour in a former life; in her present existence, she performs on baroque flute and recorder, and is a conductor, educator, and arranger. She has performed with American Bach Soloists, California Bach Society, Marin Baroque, Sonoma Bach, Ensemble Mirabile, and in conjunction with the Berkeley Early Music Festival. Ms Feldon was a recipient of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology recorder residency. She is music director of the baroque/contemporary chamber music ensemble Flauti Diversi, and a principal conductor for The Barbary Coast Recorder Orchestra. She is a regular conductor and faculty member at recorder workshops throughout North America, and has taught at UC Davis and Indiana University. She directed the San Francisco Early Music Society's Recorder Workshop for nearly twenty years. Ms Feldon has conducted her recorder orchestra arrangements of Gershwin and Ellington classics at international recorder festivals and writes about jazz recorder players for the magazine American Recorder. Dr Feldon received a Doctor of Music in collegium directing at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute. Flauti Diversi released its CD of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s complete Opus 37 trio sonatas for baroque flute, viola da gamba and chamber organ (available on CDBaby and Amazon).

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Announcing the 2019 SFRS Workshop!
Scheduling has been a bit tricky due to availability and calendar space. At this time of year there are several wonderful workshops vying for attention, and we encourage support of all of them. The SFRS workshop, Love is in the Air, will be held on Presidents' Day, Monday, February 18, 2019. This is a national holiday and an unusual day of the week for our workshop. We hope it will allow for full participation from our regular participants as well as players who are new to the workshop experience.

Please join us as Hanneke and Rotem present music about love in its many forms. Love can inspire, fill us with joy, and lift us up, but can also bring heartbreak and grief. We will explore the many colors of love by an array of favorite composers from Guillaume Dufay to Gustav Holst.

Teachers: We invite you to share this workshop invitation with your students. Some scholarships are available and we are happy to consider requests on the basis of need.

Our Conductors
Hanneke van Proosdij is renowned for the elegance, virtuosity, and expressiveness of her playing. She performs regularly as soloist and continuo specialist and is principal early-keyboard player with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Festspiel Orchester Goettingen and has appeared regularly with Hesperion XX, Concerto Palatino, Magnificat, American Bach Soloists, Concerto Koln, Chanticleer, LA Phil, Dallas Symphony, Gewandhaus Orchester and the Arcadian Academy. Together with her husband David Tayler, Hanneke co-founded and co-directs Voices of Music. Hanneke is also a co-founder of the Junior Recorder Society, and with Rotem Gilbert, directs the SFEMS Summer Recorder Workshop. She has been an SFRS Workshop conductor since our 2012 Tales of the City workshop. Hanneke teaches recorder at UC Berkeley and has been guest professor at Stanford, Oberlin, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Wisconsin and the University of Vermont.
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A native of Haifa, Israel, Rotem Gilbert is a founding member of Ciaramella, an ensemble specializing in music of the 15th and 16th centuries. She has performed with many early music ensembles in the United States and in Europe and has been featured as a soloist for the Pittsburgh Opera, the LA Opera, Musica Angelica and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Rotem is an Associate Professor of Practice at USC Thornton School of Music, teaching musicology courses in early music, Renaissance notation seminars, Renaissance and baroque performance practice and directing early music ensembles. She leads USC students for a summer course in Paris (France) on music, culture, and art. She is been a regular faculty member of early music workshops and, with Hanneke van Proosdij, is the co-director of SFEMS Recorder Workshop.

For more detailed biographical information on our conductors, please visit the SFEMS Recorder Workshop faculty web page.

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The When and Where:
Workshop Particulars
Monday February 18, 2019
(Presidents’ Day)
10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Christ Church Lutheran
1090 Quintara Street (at 20th Avenue)
San Francisco, CA 94116

Tuition$50 for the whole day, $30 for half day
(sessions are 10:00 to 1:00 or 1:30 to 4:30)
THANK YOU everybody,
for your participation and support

All music will be provided electronically to registrants in advance. A few paper copies will be available on request for those who cannot print their own.

The San Francisco Recorder Society Workshop is known for being particularly open to those who may never have attended a music workshop in the past with sessions organized for players of differing skill levels, from low-intermediate to advanced players. If you have friends who play, or students who have been hesitant to attend a workshop for fear of not being “ready” please encourage them to join you at this event. There will be lots of friendly players who will gladly sit next to the newcomers and guide them through the music and the day. Let us know in advance if you would like to sit with a musical mentor. If you are not sure which level you play in, our self-appraisal check list (linked HERE) can help. Note: these are not strict guidelines. 

The fee includes all the music, coffee and other refreshments for the morning break. Bring your own lunch as there are no convenient restaurants in the immediate area. There is a kitchen available for refrigeration and warming of your food. Street parking and limited garage parking is available. The church is also accessible by public transit: it’s on the 28, and 66 MUNI bus lines and three blocks north of the L Taraval streetcar line. The sanctuary and parish hall of the church are wheelchair accessible. ♿ Please contact us in advance if you need assistance. 

We are very excited about this day of music and hope to hear from you very soon! 

For more information, please contact SFRS officers Florence Kress or Greta Haug-Hryciw.