VdGS/GNY Events, Fall 2015-Spring 2016
Sunday, October 4, 2015,
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Annual Play-In and Membership Meeting
Grace Church School
86 Fourth Avenue
New York City
Sunday, November 1, 2015, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
The Treat is Only Sound: A Mini-Workshop
Directed by John Mark Rozendaal. Drawing out the range of sounds, colors, dynamics, and articulations that the viol can produce and deploying them expressively in the fantasies of Coprario and madrigals of Gibbons.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 (time to be announced)
An afternoon of informal performances by and for members in a comfortable and supportive environment, followed by refreshments, socializing, and consort playing for fun.
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 1:30 - 4:00 pm (harmonization workshop)
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 pm (polyphony workshop)
Back to Back Bach: Two Mini-Workshops
Directed by Lucy Bardo. In one workshop, students will play and marvel at how Bach built harmonizations upon chorale tunes – several different harmonizations for the same tunes – all the while giving a “speaking quality” to the part-writing and harmonies. The second workshop will give players a chance to have a polyphonic/fugal conversation with each other in some of Bach’s polyphonic masterpieces: the Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor for organ, the 6-part Ricercare from A Musical Offering, and a 4-Part Contrapunctus from the Art of Fugue. Students may take either one or both workshops.
March or April, 2016 (date to be announced), 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 pm
All-Day Workshop: The British Are Coming – A Cultural Revolution in Germany
Directed by Patricia Neely, with additional faculty. The influence of the musical forms brought to Northern Germany by expatriate Elizabethan and Jacobean composers such as John Dowland, William Brade, and Thomas Simpson, as reflected in German music.
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Basic Chording and Improvisation: A Mini-Workshop for Basses
Directed by Lisa Terry. Improvising a bass line using single notes and simple chords, based on English country dance tunes, and finding their counter-melodies and harmonies. Recommended for upper intermediate and advanced players.
Sunday, May 8, 2016 (time to be announced)
An afternoon of informal performances by and for members in a comfortable and supportive environment, followed by refreshments, socializing, and consorting for fun.