Ready for some live music? The Farallon Recorder Quartet will present a concert in our Sanctuary on Friday, September 17, at 7 pm. The quartet comprises four highly regarded recorder professionals who will share music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern eras with professional polish, precision, and joy
The concert is sponsored by the Seattle Recorder Society. Suggested donation is $20, but all are welcome regardless of ability to donate. Facemasks are required and socially distanced seating is available.
Works by the following composers will be presented: Josquin, Ashton, Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Leif Kayser, and Fulvio Caldini, in addition to some wonderful compositions by Frances Blaker, and new arrangements by Letitia Berlin and Miyo Aoki.
The Farallon Recorder Quartet was established in 1966 by Bay Area musicians Letitia Berlin and Frances Blaker. When vacancies occurred, Seattle musicians Vicki Boeckman and Miyo Aoki joined the ensemble.
Miyo Aoki preforms music ranging from medieval to modern and teaches students of all ages and levels. She has performed in the US, Germany, and Poland with various ensemble, and at the Bloomington Early Music Festival and Whidbey Island Music Festival. She has played with the Boise Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and Oregon Symphony, respectively, in performances of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Miyo holds an Artist Diploma from the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, where she studied with Professor Han Tol. She holds degrees in both early music performance and mathematics from Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Eva Legêne.
Letitia (Tish) Berlin performs with Calextone, the Bertamo Trio, and the Tibia Duo in addition to being a founding member of Farallon. She has also performed as a soloist with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her Master of Arts in Early Music Performance Practices from Case Western Reserve University. She directs the Road Scholar Early Music program at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley, CA and the Advanced Recorder Intensive at the Amherst Early Music Festival, and is a sought-after instructor at early music workshops around the country.
Frances Blaker received her Music Pedagogical and Performance degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen where she studied with Eva Legêne. Ms. Blaker has performed as a soloist and with various ensembles in the United States, Denmark, England, France, Italy and the Netherlands. She is a sought-after teacher in constant demand at workshops throughout the U.S., including the Oregon Coast Winds and Waves Recorder workshop and the Hidden Valley Early Music Road Scholar program. She is the Director of the Amherst Early Music Summer Festival and was co-director of the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Medieval and Renaissance workshop from 1996-2001. She is the author of the acclaimed Recorder Player’s Companion (now in its fourth reprinting) and a collaborator and performer on the Disc Continuo series of play-along recordings.
Vicki Boeckman has been performing and teaching since the 1980s. She is an internationally acclaimed performing and recording artist who has traveled all over the US and to many other countries to perform and teach. Shei resided in Denmark from 1981-2005 where she collaborated with some of the finest musicians and composers of the day. Her Danish recorder trio Wood’N’Flutes had a 15-year run performing all over Europe and working with contemporary composers in addition to doing children’s theater. She was an adjunct professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen for 12 years and taught at the Ishøj Municipal School of Music for 23 years. Many of those students are now professionals, performing and teaching in Denmark and in Europe.
Here in the PNW Ms. Boeckman has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Medieval Women’s Choir, Gallery Concerts and the Boise Philharmonic. She is music director for the Seattle Recorder Society, co-director for the Recorder Orchestra of Puget Sound (ROPS), and Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop.