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Musicians play recorders for peace

Submitted PhotoThe Ensemble Flutes a Bec de Lyon performs at a recent concert in France.
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As French and American officials continue to differ on Iraq, a group of young recorder players will travel from France to Northern California to play and promote peace and friendship via music.

The Ensemble Flutes a Bec de Lyon will fly from Lyon, France’s second largest metropolitan area, to San Francisco on Saturday. They will be in Nevada County Feb. 27-28.

The musicians will give a concert at Grass Valley’s Peace Lutheran Church Feb. 28.



The 19 players, the youngest of whom is 11, are also scheduled to play in San Francisco, Fair Oaks and Sacramento.

The ensemble will play to bring peace and friendship, longtime director Madeleine Mirocourt said in a telephone interview from France Monday.




Richard Geisler, a retired high school teacher who lives near Grass Valley, invited the group to come to California more than two years ago, but their plans were delayed after 9/11, he said.

A lifelong amateur musician, Geisler discovered the musical group while searching for all-recorder orchestras on the Internet.

The recorder, Geisler said, is typically used as a beginner’s musical instrument. He invited the ensemble in part to show young people the recorder is a bona fide musical instrument, he said.

Mirocourt’s determination to promote friendship via music also impressed him, he said. “It is a very worthy goal,” Geisler said. “Especially at times like these.”

Geisler, who now plays with an amateur group in Nevada City, founded the American Recorder Orchestra of the West two years ago. The amateur group, which rehearses in Oakland, will play with the French ensemble March 2 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Sacramento.

Camille Mugot, one of Mirocourt’s former students, will play the harpsichord at the Feb. 28 concert. Mugot, 37, who lives in La Turbie in the Provence, now teaches music at the Academie de Musique Rainier III in Monaco.

“Music is a universal language,” Mugot said from La Turbie Monday. The concerts in Northern California are an effort to bring music and friendship among people, she said. Through music, she said, people will always be able to understand each other.

The Ensemble Flutes a Bec de Lyon will play in this area at Rudolf Steiner College, 9200 Fair Oaks Boulevard near Sacramento, Feb. 26 and March 1 and at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1430 J St., on March 2.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Ensemble Flutes a Bec de Lyon

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28

WHERE: Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley ADMISSION: Donations

INFORMATION: 477-2293


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