Because of the snow storm, the École de Musique Vincent d'Indy is closed. The practices scheduled for this evening (Discover the Recorder, Harmonia, and Flute en Suite) have been cancelled. They will be rescheduled later or reimbursed.
Gilles Plante, directeur de Flûte en suite et de l'Ensemble Claude-Gervaise, will direct this year's technical workshop on January 31. The technical workshop, which only made its first appearance on the MRS calendar last year, allows participants to work on technical aspects of their playing. This year, Gilles has chosen one of his favourite subjects, articulation. The workshop will take place this Thursday at 7 PM in room 450 at the École de Musique Vincent d'Indy. It costs $15 for nonmembers and is free for members.
The MRS Holiday Party will take place on Thursday, December 6 at the EMVI with concerts, sightreading, wine and cheese and door prizes! Come hear the ensembles show off their repertoire and join in a sightreading led by Marie-Laurence Primeau. Our musical directors have very kindly donated prizes for the drawing. Finally, there will be wine and cheese.
The Dance/Music Workshop was another great success. About 25 people participated. Most were members of the Montreal Recorder Society, and there were a few dedicated dancers and one viola da gamba player. The dancers showed us what we could aspire to, and the viola da gamba added a richness to the recorder sound. During the evening, we started with simple and double bransles and continued to a gay bransle, which was captured in a beautiful video featuring Vincent Lauzer and two instrumentalist and several dedicated dancers. Then we moved on to the pavane and the gaillarde. Once we were tired of jumping, Anne-Marie Gardette gave us a wonderful demonstration of the gaillarde We ended with a contradance for couples in sets, which the dancers managed to make it to the end of! Some photos and videos are on our Facebook page.