May Day Waltz Party-Dance-Play Along

North Bay Country Dance Society presents a

May Day Saturday Evening Waltz Party-Dance-Play Along with Shira Kammen & Jim Oakden

Monday, May 1, 2021 7-8 pm PT ONLINE Dance & Concert – A Triple Event

  • It’s a Dance! Shira & Jim will play lots of dance music, mixing in coupledances and danceable surprises.
  • It’s a Concert! Songs and Tunes from East to West, with appropriatecommentary.
  • It’s a Play-Along! The program and “dots” (written music) will be availablebeforehand. Musicians are encouraged to download and play along.

    Everyone is welcome!
    Please invite/forward this email your friends you miss dancing with.

Saturday Evening May Day Party with Shira Kammen & Jim Oakden

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 827 0034 2285
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Coming up:
5/8 Genticorum
5/15 Elsie Gawler & Ethan Tischler 5/22 Box and String Trio
5/29 Peregrine Road

Amherst Early Music classes

Greetings friends,

Tish Berlin would like to let you know about some great music Zoom events coming up this weekend.

First, the Amherst Early Music Spring Break Workshop, normally held in person in Washington, D.C., will be held online this year. We have a great line-up of classes for recorders, viols, and lutes with faculty including Frances Blaker, me, Saskia Coolen, Valerie Horst and Wendy Powers, Tom Beets, Brent Wissick, Patricia Ann Neely, John Moran, Chris Morrongiello, and Douglas Freundlich. You can see the classes at the link just below, and you’ll be able to register starting at 5:00 pm Eastern today:

As part of the AEM Spring Break workshop, you can attend the following free events:

Saturday March 20 at 5 pm Eastern: attend a forum with composers Frances Blaker, Melika Fitzhugh, and Eric Haas, moderated by me. I look forward to talking with these composers and hearing some of their music for recorders, and will welcome your questions as well.

Sunday March 21 at 6:00 pm Eastern: AEM Spring Break faculty concert! Sit back and relax while listening to the faculty play music by Bach, Sieg, Telemann, Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde, and much more!

Second, the American Recorder Society is celebrating Play the Recorder Month with a very special event on Saturday – an interview and Q&A with Melika Fitzhugh (big day for her!) and a play-along of her ARS PTRM piece, Transparent Letters Across the Sky. This will be an hour-long event starting at 2 pm Eastern. The webinar will be recorded in its entirety, and posted to the ARS YouTube channel for future viewing. Register by going to the link here:

Best wishes to all,


Letitia Berlin



Alasdair Fraser New Year Workshop and Ceilidh

Alasdair Fraser’s Annual Community Music Workshop & Ceilidh

an online gathering to kick off the New Year

Bring an instrument or just come for the craic!

Saturday, JANUARY 2, 2021, 1:00-6:30pm, Pacific time

A “zoom” event, open to registrants only



1:30-3:30 pm WORKSHOP with Alasdair Fraser
We’ll explore a few tunes relevant to a good Scottish New Year celebration

3:30-4:30 pm BREAK & BLETHER

4:30-6:30 pm CEILIDH hosted by Summer McCall
Alasdair will gather us for a toast to the old year and a moment of remembrance.
Summer McCall will lead us into the ceilidh with a few virtual social dances,
and welcome participants to share a song/tune/poem/story, etc.

We’ll have some lovely listening time, as well as a festive frolic.


Advance registration only.
Family/Household $35, General/Single $20, Student/Youth $10


This event is sponsored by Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp
and underwritten by the Sierra Fiddle Village Fund
of the non-profit organization Scottish Fiddlers of California.

Voices of Music online lectures and interviews

Dear SFRS and Friends,

Voices of Music is pleased to introduce a special, one-of-a-kind online streaming program for 2020–2021: a series of talks and interviews with internationally acclaimed performers in historical performance. Our program will share rare insights into how our specialists prepare for and interpret the music they perform. You will meet virtuosos, conductors and VoM’s own music directors — all hosted with the warmth and generosity of a live VoM event.

Audience members may subscribe to all eight events in the series, or choose individual events of interest. Ticket buyers receive a private link to the Zoom webinars, and will also receive (afterwards) a private link where they can view the recorded discussion at their convenience for two months after the date of initial broadcast.

Subscribers will additionally receive invitations to several subscriber-only events.

In the event that it is possible to hold in person concerts, we will go ahead with our March 26-28, 2021, performances, but safety is our number one concern.

These events are $15 each, or $120 for the entire series. If you’d like to attend any or all of them, I’ll be happy to help you with our box office. They will be hosted by the Zoom application so it will be best if you download the application before you attend (go to to download).

For a complete list and description, go to the Voices of Music box office:

The first event is coming up this Sunday, October 11, 2020:

From Manuscript to Filmed Performance

Lecture by Voices of Music Directors Hanneke van Proosdij and David Tayler:
How do we decide to perform the music that we’re performing for our concerts? Where do we find the manuscripts? What kind of musicological decisions do we make? What steps do we need to take before we film our performances, and why? What is the rehearsal process like? What does filming day look like? A behind the scenes look at how Voices of Music creates their award-winning programs.

For assistance, please contact the Box Office by phone at 415-377-4444 or 415-260-4687, or email Greta at greta.

Greta Haug-Hryciw
SFRS President
ARS Board of Directors