Recorder ensemble to play Eastern Europe music |

Recorder ensemble to play Eastern Europe music

A recorder orchestra will perform a concert of the formal and folk music and song from Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Russia Sunday in Grass Valley. The music of both well-known composers – Bartok, Dvorak and Shostakovich – and those lesser known will be represented. Under the direction of Grass Valley musician Richard Geisler, the 20-person Ensemble AROW will be playing on the entire family of recorders, from the tiny sopranino, barely 6 inches long, to the towering contrabass that stands 6 feet high.

Ensemble AROW, which was founded by Geisler in 2000, has released a CD titled “A Medieval Pilgrimage, a Musical Tour of the Middle Ages,” which was recorded at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City.

Geisler is also the director of the Village & Early Music Society of Nevada County and can be reached at 477-2293.

Says Geisler: Most people who know what a recorder is know it either as a school instrument used to introduce music to children or as a novel old instrument played by some professionals who record Early Music – Renaissance and Baroque works written for recorder solo or ensemble. This leaves out a whole middle spectrum of middle-aged and older people who enjoy playing the recorder as their recreation and who join a chapter of the American Recorder Society. The people who make up Ensemble AROW are more serious amateur musicians who study, practice and play the recorder and specially arranged or composed compositions of many more parts and musical styles than recreational players experience.

What: The Ensemble AROW plays musical traditions of Eastern Europe

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: First Baptist Church of Grass Valley, 1866 Ridge Rd., Grass Valley

Admission: $10 Adults, $7 students and seniors, $5 children under 12 – at the door.

Information: Richard Geisler at 477-2293 or by e-mail at

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