Saturday, February 4 @ 7:30PMSettlement Music School Mary Louise Curtis Branch 416 Queen Lane, Philadelphia
Recorder music in schools has come a long way since “Hot Cross Buns.”
Piffaro’s 2017 Recorder Festival will feature ensembles of young students and accomplished finalists from Piffaro’s National Recorder Competition for Young Players. Joan Kimball, artistic co-director of Piffaro, says this free community event will show the many possibilities and wide repertoire for the recorder.
Winners of the 2016 National Recorder Competition, Middle School Division, will each perform a solo, and then play 4 pieces together.
Ms. Van Tassel is an aspiring composer and will play an unaccompanied solo of her own creation. Mr. Shenoy will perform 17th century variations on the popular tune “Greensleeves.” Mr. Dorsey’s selection will come from the modern age of video games: “Megalovania,” composed by Toby Fox for his game Undertale.
Ensembles of students from area schools will also participate, and the evening will culminate with a mass ensemble performing simple Renaissance dances followed by a light reception.
Fountain Woods’ teacher Miriam Arbelo says, “Even after more than 20 years teaching, my students inspire me. When I am tired and out of ideas, I look at my students and their eagerness and love of learning propels me forward. When I see and hear my students performing the music I taught them, and they are enjoying it, I remember why I got into this gig.”Fountain Woods Recorder Sinfonia at the 2013 Recorder Competition, photo Bill DiCecca