Rochester Folk Art Guild Presents the “Good Company” Recorder Ensemble to Kick Off Summer Programming Season

Musicians are L to R: Rob Kerner, Carol Kerner, Nancy Berlove, and Matthew Shubin.

The Rochester Folk Art Guild is delighted to announce the launch of its summer event season with a captivating performance featuring the "Good Company" Recorder Ensemble, generously sponsored by the Daria Kindrat-Pratt Memorial Fund. The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 19th, at 2:00 PM, in the Meeting Hall at the Folk Art Guild, 1445 Upper Hill Road, Middlesex, NY.

The "Good Company" Recorder Ensemble, likened to a string quartet and using recorders of varying sizes, promises to transport audiences to an era prior to, and including Bach’s time, when recorders were integral to musical ensembles. From traditional Renaissance settings to transcendent transcriptions of Brahms and Ravel, the ensemble, under the creative direction of Rob Kerner, guarantees an afternoon of captivating musical exploration.

"Recorders are very quiet instruments, and so they create an unusual atmosphere of listening," shares Matthew Shubin, a member of the ensemble. "Our main objective is to have a good time and keep 'good company,' which is why we're thrilled to share this experience with the community."

Attendees can anticipate approximately 1.5 hours of diverse musical selections, interspersed with engaging interactions with the audience.

The event, made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Daria Kindrat-Pratt Memorial Fund, is free and open to the public, promising an afternoon of musical delight rain or shine.

The Daria Kindrat-Pratt Memorial Fund honors the cherished memory of Daria Kindrat-Pratt, a beloved member of the Rochester Folk Art Guild community whose warmth, generosity, and infectious smile left an indelible mark on all who knew her. Established at East Hill Farm, home of the Guild, the fund seeks to perpetuate Daria's spirit by supporting the Guild's growth and outreach initiatives. From hosting visitors to sponsoring musical events in the post-and-beam Hall, the fund aims to share the abundant beauty and resources of the Folk Art Guild with a wider audience. This event is also made possible with funding from NYSCA and the Auburn Public Theater. 

Founded in 1957, the Rochester Folk Art Guild is dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional arts and crafts through educational programs, events, and community engagement. With a commitment to fostering creativity and cultural enrichment, the Guild serves as a beacon of artistic expression in the Finger Lakes region.

For more information on this or the Folk Art Guild’s entire series of summer events, please visit their website at or contact Bridget Carey, Program Director, at


Event Details

- Sunday, May 19, 2024

- 2 p.m.

- Rochester Folk Art Guild, 1445 Upper Hill Road, Middlesex NY

- Free and open to the public

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