My ticket to the opera is tonight. So I’ll aim to be at the theater in time for the 6:40 Fanfare.
Looking at the program in the book, it looks like there will be lots of recorder playing. Not only are three people listed as recorder players, but apparently the oboe players are all going to do recorder some of the time, as well.
There are also four trumpet players listed, which seems to be the sum total of the early brass on the official concerts, so enjoy it while you can. If you’re where you have a good view of them notice whether they’re moving their fingers up and down like recorder players. If they are, they’re playing instruments with holes placed so they can be opened and closed to make some of the notes better in tune when played with modern trumpet technique. This is a 20th century innovation; early brass players have agreed to differ on whether current builders should build trumpets that way, but one hopes there is consensus that original instruments which are still playable with the older technique should not have holes knocked into them.
I still have publishing work to get done to put flyers at the exhibition tomorrow. I have printed “Boston Recorder Society”:http://www.bostonrecordersociety.org summer meeting flyers, and “Cantabile Renaissance Band”:http://www.laymusic.org/windband.html flyers, but I still have to update the “Serpent Publications”:http://www.laymusic.org/serpent-publications.html flyer. I was originally thinking of putting a “Blogging at the BEMF” tagline on the Serpent Publications flyer, but maybe it’s worth making a separate flyer for it.
Last year, I was involved in getting the Boston Recorder Society to have t-shirts made and sold at the “American Recorder Society”:http://www.americanrecorder.org/ booth. It was quite gratifying to see one late in the week on the back of someone I didn’t know. So this year my aim is to overhear a conversation of someone arguing with something that appears in this blog.
h3. “Fringe events”:http://www.bemf.org/pages/06fest/fringe.htm#FrTues
Again, I probably won’t get to many of these because of having to finish my preparations, but here’s what I would love to get to if I had time:
* The “Renaissonics”:http://www.renaissonics.com/ concert and workshop. The listing only tells you that the concert is at 2 PM. If you had wanted to also go to the workshop, you should have been there at 10 AM. I think the concert will include a lot of what we heard at the April 30 Boston Recorder Society concert series concert, but will also have a dancer, which adds a lot.
* “Sudie Marcuse”:http://www.sudiemarcuse.com/ sang ??O rosa bella?? in one of my classes the very first time I went to the “Amherst Early Music Festival”:http://www.amherstearlymusic.org/, and it was one of the best experiences of the week. So I’d like to hear what she’s doing now.
* Travessada I haven’t heard, but they’re all good musicians, and Renaissance Flute Consort music was what Eric Haas was excited about teaching at the Boston Recorder Society this year. So it would be fun to hear what he’s doing with it professionally.
* “Seven Times Salt”:http://www.seventimessalt.com/ produces a reliably lively concert. They’ve played the Boston Recorder Society concert series twice.
* “The Alamire Consort”:http://www.unh.edu/music/alamire promises to include some cornetto. I think I”ll have another chance to hear them later in the week. It’s really too bad there’s so little brass in this area, and that BEMF isn’t working harder to bring in more of the good brass playing from other parts of the world.
h3. Dog Walking (and practicing and other normal activities of daily life)
Yesterday was pretty good. Sunny got a normal dog park walk a little earlier than he usually does. I didn’t get a normal practice session in, but I played both cornetto and recorder a bit before leaving for the concert. Supper was after getting home from the concert and after taking the dog for his bedtime walk, so it was pretty late, but otherwise normal.
Today, the dog will have the normal number of walks, but the evening one will be both short and early. Depending on what I do after the opera, the bedtime one may be late. I should manage to get some practicing in.