Friday Music
December 2011

St Stephen's Uniting Church
197 Macquarie St, Sydney
(opposite Parliament House)

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2 December

Alicia Crossley & Rhia Parker (Recorders)



Fantasia  - Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

O Rosa Bella  - Hert (15th Century)

Exercitium  - Batra (16th Century)

Premiere Suite (selected movts)  - Jacques Hotteterre (1674-1763)

La Folia  - Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Sonata 1 - Philbert de Lavigne (early 18th century)

Nagoya Marimba - Steve Reich, Arranged by Rhia Parker

Presto - G.P. Telemann (1681-1767)




Recorder player Alicia Crossley recently completed her Masters of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the instruction of recorder virtuoso Hans-Dieter Michatz, researching the development of solo bass recorder repertoire in the twentieth century. In 2007 Alicia completed her Bachelor of Music (Performance) with first class honours.

An experienced recorder player, Alicia has won several competitions including the Under 18 years division of the Australian Moeck Recorder Competition (2005), the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Early Music Concerto Competition (2007) and the Don Cowell Memorial Trust Recorder Competition (2011).  Alicia is a passionate supporter of contemporary Australian recorder repertoire and has premiered a number of works by Stephen Yates, Elias Constantopedos and Hayden Woolf. She has also performed with notable artists such as Neal Peres da Costa (Harpsichord), Daniel Yeadon (cello/viola da gamba), Jamie Hey (cello), Hans-Dieter Michatz (recorder), Ruth Wilkinson (recorder) and Kamala Bain (recorder) in addition to ensembles including ThoroughBass, The Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble, Coro Innominata and Concertato.

In August 2011, Alicia released her debut solo cd Addicted to Bass featuring 7 newly commissioned Australian works for bass recorder. In 2012 Alicia will be a featured artist in the Aurora Festival (May) and will be collaborating with photographer Emily Sandrussi to create a new concert/gallery exhibition (dates TBA).



Rhia Parker graduated with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2009. Her honours thesis, "Tape Decks and Flut-a-becs", documented electroacoustic recorder music with a focus on Australian composition. Since graduating, Rhia has collaborated with the theatre group, Eclective Productions, for their work, Hybrid Dream at PACT Theatre. She has also worked with Sydney based visual artist, Maryke McGrath, on an installation work at the Sydney College of the Arts entitled Bite the Moon, which also showed as part of the Verge Festival at Sydney University. In Janurary 2011, Rhia premiered her solo electroacousitc work Isolate at the Tuxedo Cat as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and was accepted to participate in the Bang on a Can Contemporary Music Festival in Massachusettes, USA, in July 2011. She is currently preparing for a week long residency at Cockatoo Island, Sydney, as part of a collaborative project with electronic composer Benedict Carey and will be replacing Genevieve Lacey in BighArt's production of Namitjira which will tour regional Australia in 2012.

As well as working on her own contemporary music projects, Rhia continues to play with early music ensembles. In 2008 she won the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's Early Music Concerto Competition and was a guest recording artist for the Baroque chamber group, Salut! Baroque, for their upcoming CD. Rhia has been a guest soloist for the Ku-Ring Gai Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Vivaldi Concerto in C Major and was a musician for Bell Shakespeare's performance at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Arts Unite Bushfire Appeal. In 2011, she performed with Italian violinist, Davide Quinci, in a concert of Italian Baroque chamber works and in June performed at the NSW Art Gallery with  a consort of seven recorders as part of the Australian Institute of Music's performance series. She is currently working with The Brisbane Baroque Players to perform the Vivaldi A Minor Concerto in 2012.




9 December

Raisa Dobrinsky (Piano)

Gregory Elmaloglou (Cello)


Vocalise Op.34, No.14 - Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)

Elegie Op.3, No.1 (piano solo) - Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)

Sonata in G minor Op.19 - Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)

(i) Lento. Allegro moderato
(ii) Allegro scherzando
(iii) Andante
(iv) Allegro mosso


Raisa Dobrinsky was an outstanding graduate of the Mussorgsky College of Music as well as the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, from which she graduated with honours in solo recital, chamber music, accompaniment and teaching.Immigrating to Australia in 1977, Raisa has been teaching part-time at the Conservatoriums of Sydney and Wollongong, allowing time to pursue her career as a concert performer. She has performed regularly with leading Australian music groups and given many solo recitals and radio broadcasts.

Gregory Elmaloglou is a graduate of Lyons Conservatorium, France, where he was born. As a member of the Austral String Quartet since 1959, he undertook two international tours, playing in 15 countries.  Later he founded the Trio Australis, and in partnership with Raisa Dobrinksy, has given many concerts and broadcasts. Gergory has made solo appearances at the ABC Prom concerts and Gold Concerts, and has been soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for whom he was the Associate Principal Cellist from 1972 – 1992.  He has made numerous television broadcast appearances for the ABC.






16 December

Martin Rein (Organ and Piano)

(Director of Performing Arts, Tudor House, The King's School, Moss Vale)



Sonata in B flat (Hammerklavier) op. 106 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- Allegro -

Silhouette in F Major op. 53 - Max Reger (1873-1916)


Introduction, Variation and Fugue in F sharp minor op. 73 - Max Reger (1873-1916)
- Introduction -
- Fugue -

Deuxieme symphonie pour grand orgue op. 20  - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
- Finale -



Martin Rein began his career with extensive studies in Choral Conducting and Sacred Music at the Berlin School of Music with Professor Martin Behrmann, one of Germany's leading choral conductors. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree there in 1996.

Between 1996 and 2001, he undertook further postgraduate studies at the Music Academy in Detmold/Germany from where he graduated in December 2000 with an Honours degree in Organ Performance and in June 2001 with a Master of Music, majoring in Choral and Orchestral conducting.

In his graduation recital in December 2000, he performed amongst other works, the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue op. 57 (Inferno) by Max Reger (1873-1916), one of the most challenging compositions within the organ repertoire. After moving to Australia, Martin Rein completed a further degree in Education at the University of Western Australia.

In Europe, he studied organ performance with Professor Gerhard Weinberger (Munich-Wurzburg) and Dr Ewald Kooimann (Amsterdam) as well as organ improvisation with Professor Renate Zimmermann (Berlin-Frankfurt-Heidelberg). He undertook further master classes with Professor Heinz Wunderlich (Hamburg), Joerg-Andreas Boetticher (Basel) and also with the Director of Music at St Thomas, Professor Georg-Christoph Biller in Leipzig. During 2006 he studied further with Dame Gillian Weir in England.

Martin Rein was appointed Director of Music at the Stiftskirche St John's in Berlin-Spandau in 1995 and continued 1998 in the same position at St. Mary's Monastery Berlin-Lehnin in Germany. Between 1999 and 2001, he has held the position of Director of Music at the Alte Kirche in Essen/Germany.

In Australia, Martin Rein was appointed as conductor of the Australian Chamber Singers in Perth in 2003, an ensemble within the Australian Youth Choir with whom he has performed and recorded several times during 2004. Until 2010, he was Director of Music in London/United Kingdom at St John-the-Evangelist, Notting Hill as well as Organist at Bearwood College, the Royal Merchand Navy School. He is currently Director of Performing Arts and Choirmaster at Tudor House, The King's School, Sydney.

As an organist, Martin Rein has performed in Australia, many European countries and the USA in venues such as Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral in London/UK, both Cathedrals of Berlin in Germany, the Great Hall at Sydney University in Australia, King's Chapel Boston, St Mark's Baltimore, Gloria Dei in Philadelphia and Carthage College in the USA.




23 December

No recital




30 December

No recital




Friday Music concerts will resume in February 2012

Several of our regular players will perform on Australia Day, 2012.

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