NAVRS March Playing Meeting – Frolick Amongst the Trees

Good evening NAVRS Friends,

I hope you’re all doing well.  We have a great March playing meeting planned and we wanted to share some information with you. This month our time together will be led by Rainer Beckmann.

Rainer plays recorder with a large variety of early music ensembles in the Philadelphia tri-state area. He is a founding member of La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble and New World Recorders. As featured soloist and guest musician, he has appeared with Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, Mélomanie, Brandywine Baroque, Camerata Ama Deus, Philadelphia Bach Collegium, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, and others. Before moving to the United States, he performed in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy, Israel, and Brazil. Rainer is the music director of the Philadelphia Recorder Society. He is a graduate of the Utrecht Conservatory of Music (Netherlands), where he studied recorder with Heiko ter Schegget, Baldrick Deerenberg, and Marion Verbruggen.

He has an exciting program planned for us, just in time for Spring. The program Frolick Amongst the Trees is very much a celebration of trees, nature, and country life; or, as one is tempted to say in the context of NAVRS’s March meeting, of all the positive and hopeful feelings generally associated with the arrival of spring. 

Frolick Amongst the Trees is inspired by and opens with a short recorder sextet with the same title written by John Kraybil, a member of the Philadelphia Recorder Society. Two traditional Brazilian songs from Pará, a state made up in large parts by the eastern Amazon rainforest, depict scenes of life along a river. Renaissance composer Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina contributes a motet on a text using the image of the apple tree from the Song of Songs, and Liduino Pitombeira’s Variations on yet another Brazilian song celebrate the beauty and many benefits of the juazeiro tree. A jolly round published by Thomas Ravenscroft is cleverly dedicated to country dancing. It appropriately wraps up the program.

If you’d like to join us, there’s plenty of time to RSVP.  As a reminder, we are still offering a one-time payment for the 2022 playing sessions (a $30 discount). That’s 12 sessions for the price of 10!  Not only will this save you time and money, it also helps the NAVRS start out on a good financial position in our inaugural year.  Payment can be made on our website

Our next playing meeting is Saturday, March 26 beginning at 1:30 PM, EST (Central Time – 12:30, Mountain Time – 11:30, Pacific Time – 10:30).  The Zoom link will be live a half hour before the official start time (2:00 PM, EST). Please join us early if you’re able to as we will use the time to get to know one another.

The January and February meeting recordings are available on the NAVRS website for members that attended those playing meetings.

We look forward to “playing together” soon!

Rachel and Mike

Author: 1womanretreat

Kathryn is a freelance writer, musician, and Latin tutor based in the Sierra foothills. She enjoys performing and teaching early music on recorder and flute.

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