Friday Music
May 2011

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

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6 May

The Strelitzia Piano Trio

Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich - violin
Eleanor Betts - cello
Lindsay Gilroy - piano


Piano Trio  - Ross Edwards (1943 - )

1. Allegretto
2. Poco adagio e mesto, quasi recitativo
3. Allegro assai

Piano Trio in C major - Gaspar Cassado (1897 - 1966)

1. Allegro risoluto - Allegro ma non troppo
2. Tempo moderato e pesante - Allegro giusto - Tempo I
3. Recitativo. Moderato ed appassionato - Rondo. Allegro vivo

The Strelitzia Trio is a rising star in the world of chamber music. Formed in 2008, these talented young musicians won the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod Musica Viva Chamber Music Award in 2009, and have benefited from the guidance of some of Australia's most eminent musicians.The Trio perform repertoire ranging from the great classics, to rare gems and modern masterpieces.

In this performance , they will take audiences on a journey from the lyrical and dramatic world of Brahms ,  to a piano trio written in 1952 by Armenian composer and pianist Arno Babadjanian. Rooted in the Armenian folk tradition, it was also influenced by the great Russian composers of the 20th Century: Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Khachaturian.



13 May

Judith Rough (Soprano)
Cathy Davis (Piano)

Slumber Song of the Madonn  - Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981)

From "Hermit Songs"
- St Ita's Vision
- The Heavenly Banquet
- The Crucifixion

From Opus 13
1 A Nun Takes the Veil
2 The Secrets of the Old
4 Nocturne
3 Sure on this Shining Night

La Partida  - Fermin Maria Alvarez (1833 - 1898)

From "Canciones clásicas españolas" - Fernando Obradors (1897 - 1945)

La mi sola, Laureola
Al Amor
Con amores, la mia madre
¿Corazón, porqué pasáis
Del Cabello más sutil
Chiquitita la novia


Judith started singing as a child in Brisbane, as a member of the Brisbane Eisteddfod Junior choir.  She was a principal and chorus member of the Queensland Light Opera Company and studied voice at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she won the Blanche Campbell Memorial Scholarship for singing.   

She has sung with several chamber groups in Sydney as ensemble member and soloist, and has performed as soprano soloist across a wide range of major choral works for various orchestras and choirs in Sydney. 

In the USA between 2000 and 2005, Judith performed as ensemble member and soloist with professional chamber choirs Voces Novae et Antiquae and The Lady Chapel Singers, recording with them and touring with them in the USA and Europe.  She was in demand as a recitalist, performing for The Lupus Foundation of America and the American Guild of Organists among others.  She sang with the Mainline Opera Guild and performed the role of Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone for the Multiple Sclerosis Association and as part of the music education programme in several Philadelphia schools. While there she had the opportunity of studying with Julianne Baird at the Eastman School of Music. 

Since returning to Australia Judith has continued to perform regularly, as a soloist in major choral works and in concert and recital for various organizations in Sydney and its environs.  Her knowledge and love of the human voice is well used in her role as voice specialist at St Vincent’s Voice Clinic in Sydney, where she works with professional voice users and others who are experiencing voice problems.   



20 May

Five Cities Brass Quintet

Byron Westbury (trumpet 1)
Brian McGuiness (trumpet 2)
Radu Boros (horn)
Andrew Nissen (trombone)
Josh Jawarski



Based in Sydney, we are an exciting and professional ensemble with an extensive repertoire and the ability and experience to perform in a wide range of musical events.

Performers in the Five Cities Brass Quintet have also performed with the Sydney Symphony, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, James Morrisson, the Australian Navy and Army Band, the Cat Empire, Broadway shows - Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast; the Ben Hur Stadium Spectacular, and Judy Bailey's Jazz Connection.

Our members are also highly regarded educators, teaching music across Sydney as well as conducting and composing. This makes the Five Cities Brass a valuable and highly sort after ensemble for music festivals and tours where we can come to you to run instrumental master-classes, work with your band program and perform our professional live concert.

We are experienced wedding musicians, and specialise in outdoor celebrations, where our instruments are perfectly suited to those conditions. Brass has always featured in outdoor concerts with huge success.

We work with composers, premiering new music and working together as part of the musical creating process and we are currently working with a number of Australian composers on their exciting projects.

We are now the resident performing Brass Quintet at St Stephens Church in Martin Place, and can be heard performing at their large musical events around Christmas, Easter and their annual Hymn Fest which features (in addition to the two trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba in the Five Cities Brass) the Organ, a number of choirs, and Percussion.

We are always looking for the next exciting opportunity to perform, so contact us today.


27 May

Stacey Yang
(Organist, St Anne's Anglican Church, Strathfield)


Prelude and Fugue in D Major BWV 532 JS Bach (1844 - 1937)

The Schübler Chorales BWV 645-650  - JS Bach (1685 - 1750)

1. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
("Wake, Awake for Night is Passing")
2. Wo soll ich fliehen hin ("Whither shall I flee?")
3. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten
("Who allows God alone to rule him")
4. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren
("My soul doth magnify the Lord")
5. Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ
("Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide")
6. Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter
("Come thou, Jesu, from heaven to earth")

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542  - JS Bach (1685 - 1750)

Stacey Xiaoyu Yang (organ) started to learn the organ from Kurt Ison in May, 2007. In 2008, She passed her 8th grade performance exam and was appointed as organist at St Anne's Anglican Church, Strathfield and the Organ Scholar of The Cathedral Singers. She is the current Organ Scholar at the University of Sydney. She has played many major organs in Sydney which including Sydney Opera House, St Andrew's Cathedral, St James', King St, Christ Church St Laurence and the University of Sydney. She will sit for her LTCL organ exam in late August 2010. Apart from organ playing, she has been learning piano from Stephanie McCallum and is a piano tutor at MLC School, Burwood, a piano accompanist for AMEB exam and various competitions and one of the honorary carillionists at the University of Sydney. She will visit Europe in April and September, 2010 and will give carillon recitals at Royal carillon school, Mechelen and Leuven University in Belgium and later in Spain, receive an organ masterclass from Jean-Baptiste Robin at Poitiers Cathedral in France and play organ at Mardrid Cathedral in Spain. Stacey also received Bachelor of Medical Science degree from The University of Sydney and will have completed a master degree in health science by mid 2010 in the same institute.


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