July 31, 2014

Recorder Concert for Lorraine Schaeffer

 

PHOTO BY ANNEMARIE DONKIN

Recorder Concert for Lorraine Schaeffer

Director Inga Funck (right) and members of the Southern California Recorder Society played a concert in tribute to long time Topangan Lorraine Schaeffer at the Topanga Library on Sunday, Nov. 10.

It was a lovely afternoon as the Southern California Recorder Society, directed by Inga Funck, gave a concert in honor of Lorraine Schaeffer at the Topanga Library on Saturday, Nov. 10.

A member of the Recorder Society, Schaeffer died on Oct. 6 after living in Topanga Canyon for nearly 50 years.

Inga Funck said she taught Schaeffer the recorder for eight years and said Schaeffer was supposed to have played in the concert at the library, but died the month before.

“I knew Lorraine through music; she would have loved this concert,” Funck said. “We also talked about life, love and philosophy, she was also a gifted painter and loved animals.”

During the concert, Funck enthusiastically conducted the group of eight recorder players and one flutist as they played several Baroque and Renaissance dances.

Before each tune, Funk also cheerfully explained its history and how each piece was adapted to recorder. They dedicated some special pieces to Lorraine’s memory, including an adaptation of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 by J.S. Bach, a canon, fugue and a few Mozart pieces.

“There are many ‘sighs’ in the music that are like us losing our friend,” Funk told the group of about 30 people in the Community Room who gathered for the concert sponsored by the Friends of Topanga Library.

During the concert, the group played some delightful and touching tunes including Swedish Folk Songs, a Japanese song and the traditional Shaker tune, ‘­­­Tis a Gift to be Simple.

Lorraine Schaeffer was born in New York, the youngest of three children. Her father, Max, had immigrated from Russia to the United States as a young man. Lorraine obtained her liberal arts B.A., with a minor in mathematics, from the University of Iowa. She was married briefly in her twenties and had no children. She moved to Topanga more than 50 years ago and worked as a computer programmer for various employers, retiring eventually from TTI of Citicorp a few decades ago.

According to her sister-in-law Virginia Norwood, ­in retirement, Schaeffer took many classes at Santa Monica College and Pierce College, in activities as diverse as etching and engraving, oil painting, and photography and maintained an art studio in her home. She also learned to play the recorder and greatly enjoyed performing with her group.

“She would have liked this very much,” said Norwood. “We are here because of her and because it was her home; it is the right thing to do in her memory.”