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Musica Dolce. Devoted to the performance of Baroque music
Outreach performing ensemble of the Highland Park Recorder Society
From left to right: Lea Karpman, Janet Walker, Dean Poulsen, and Donna Messer.
United Methodist Church, April 2, 2006


Musica Dolce is an outreach performing ensemble of the Highland Park Recorder Society. Like their sixteenth-and seventeenth-century counterparts, the members of Musica Dolce meet to share artistic discoveries and ideas as reflected in music. Combining solo strings and winds with a harpsichord continuo, the musicians explore the vast repertory of concerti, suites, sonatas, fantasias, dances and sinfonias created by composers at the courts and in the cities of France, Italy, England, Spain and Germany. Musica Dolce seeks to recreate the spirit of an age that led composers to create complex scores, but allowed for a great deal of personal interpretation and embellishment. Share with them the pleasure and excitement of the music of the Renaissance and Baroque within the intimate ambiance of the camerata.

Musica Dolce plays sonatas, concerti and suites by members of the Bach family, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Corelli, Scarlatti, Marcello, Purcell, Boismortier, Hotteterre, Quantz, and other masters of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Members of the Highland Park Recorder Society, and of the Garden State Sinfonia, its chamber orchestra, and members of Musica Dolce (recorder, cello, harpsichord, and most recently, violin) do outreach performing in the community, and for under-served populations, such as disabled children and adults, senior citizens, inner-city children, disabled New Jersey veterans, and residents of nursing homes.

Musica Dolce includes Donna Messer, recorder, Lea Karpman, violin, Janet Walker, cello, and Dean Poulsen, harpsichord.

Contact: 
Click here to email Donna
Click here to email Janet
Click here to email Lea 
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January 23 2017
Jan-23-2017
Recorder players of all levels are invited to the Highland Park Recorder Society's first monthly Recorder Playing Session of 2017, on Monday, January 23, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Parlor room of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ, 19 South Second Avenue in Highland Park.  There is free parking in back of the church which may be accessed via Magnolia Street. ADA handicapped accessible.  Other sessions this seasons open to all recorder players will be held on the following Mondays:  Feb 6 (Maestro Robert Butts), March 6 (Lewis R. Baratz), Apr 3 (TBD), May 1 (John Burkhalter), and June 5 (TBD).

This month's guest conductor is Deborah Booth, noted and esteemed recorder player and performer on modern and historical flutes.  Learn more about Deborah Booth at flute-recorder-deborahbooth.com.

For more information, on the Highland Park Recorder Society, contact Donna Messer at:  recorderdonna <At sign> gmail <dot> com or click to email.

**Highland Park Recorder Society is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
February 05 2017
Feb-05-2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 4PM, The Princeton Abbey presents Les Agréments de musique,** Minju Lee, harpsichord and John Burkhalter, reorder, in a performance of French Baroque music composed by Marais, Lully, Dieupart, and Louis & François Couperin. 

Suggested Donation: $15. 
Princeton Abbey 
75 Mapleton Road 
Princeton, NJ 08540 

For directions and additional information please call 609.285.7931 or visit princetonabbey.org.

**Les Agréments de musique is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
February 06 2017
Feb-06-2017
Recorder players of all levels are invited to the Highland Park Recorder Society's Recorder Playing Session on Monday, February 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Parlor room of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ, 19 South Second Avenue in Highland Park. There is free parking in back of the church which may be accessed via Magnolia Street. ADA handicapped accessible.  Other sessions this seasons open to all recorder players will be held on March 6 (Lewis R. Baratz), Apr 3 (TBD), May 1 (John Burkhalter), and June 5 (TBD).

This month's guest conductor is Maestro Robert Butts, noted conductor and music director.  Learn more about Maestro Butts at http://baroqueorchestra.org/content/robert-w-butts-conductor-and-music-director-baroque-orchestra-new-jersey.

For more information, on the Highland Park Recorder Society, contact Donna Messer at:  recorderdonna <At sign> gmail <dot> com or click to email.

**Highland Park Recorder Society is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
February 11 2017
Feb-11-2017
Dryden Ensemble* presents Le Médicin & La Musique. Elegant suites and medical curiosities from the French Baroque, including Marais's musical depiction of a bladder stone operation, with readings by actor Paul Hecht. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA. 

Tickets available online, by mail or at the door. General admission $25; students free with ID; 3-concert subscriptions $70. 
Phone: 609-466-8541 

*Dryden Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music

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