Friday Music
December 2013

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

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6 December

Stacey Yang (piano) &
Kurt Ison (baritone)


Piano sonata in E minor op.7 - Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)

i. Allegro moderato
ii. Andante molto
iii. Alla menuetto
iv. Finale. Molto allegro


Piano and baritone:

"Quia fecit mihi magna" (from the Magnificat BWV243) - J S Bach  (1685 - 1750)

"Adelaïde" - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)


Ballade no.1 in G minor op.23 - F Chopin (1810 - 1849)



Stacey Xiaoyu Yang started to learn the organ with Kurt Ison in 2007 and received her Licentiate Diploma in Organ Performance from Trinity College London (LTCL) in 2011. She is the current organist at St Peter's Anglican Church, Cremorne. She was granted both organ and carillon scholarships by The University of Sydney. She has given many organ recitals in Sydney including Christ Church St Laurence, St James, King St, St Andrew's Cathedral, The University of Sydney and Sydney Opera House and in overseas she has played in Cathedrals in Anterwep, Madrid, El Lescorial, Burgos, San Sebastian and Royal Versailles Chapel. She gives regular carillon recitals at The University of Sydney and has played carillons overseas in Leuven Catholic University, Mechlen Cathedral, Royal Belgium carillon school, Catalonia Parliament House in Barcelona and Marktkirch in Wisebaden, Germany. She studied piano with Lyall Duke and currently, under Stephanie McCallum's tutelage, recently received her LMusA on piano. She has been a piano tutor at MLC School Burwood since 2007.

Stacey came to Australia in 2001 and received both Bachelor of Medical Science and Master of Nursing degrees from The University of Sydney.



Kurt Ison (organ and baritone) is one of Australia's leading organists. He has given solo recitals in places such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, Westminster Abbey, London, the Basilica of Santa Rita, Turin and the Jacobikirche, Hamburg.

Kurt is also a baritone, having studied singing with Michael Hissey and Philip Pratt. He has sung as a chorister in numerous venues around Sydney and overseas. Personal highlights include singing in the choir of St Mark's Venice for the feast of the Epiphany and singing in Buxtehude's Magnificat during morning worship at St Thomas's Leipzig.

He also sang in the Tallis Scholars' concert in the City Recital Hall a couple of years ago in a peformance of the famous " Spem in alium" by Thomas Tallis. He has sung as a soloist at the Sydney Town Hall and in the crypt of St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney ("Mache Dich" from the St Matthew's Passion by JS Bach).

Kurt's solo engagements as a baritone have included two performances of Stainer's Crucifixion; a concert at Christchurch St Laurence, Sydney, to celebrate the birthday of JS Bach, a performance of JS Bach's Magnificat at St Paul's Burwood, a concert at St Peter's Anglican Church, Cremorne, a solo concert at St Stephen's Macquarie Street and a major concert on Good Friday at St Stephen's Newtown, singing works by Mendelssohn and Schütz. Next year he will be the baritone soloist in a performance of Maunder's "Olivet to Calvary" at St John's Beecroft.

Kurt is also a published composer. His Missa Brevis for female voices and organ was premiered at Notre Dame Cathedral Paris and subsequently published by J Butz Musikverlag, Bonn. Two of his other compositions have been performed several times internationally and recorded by The Cathedral Singers.



13 December

Cameron Khosravi (piano)


Fantasie on Rossini's "Semiramide" op.5 - 1 S. Thalberg (1815 - 1871)

Andante Cantabile from Tchaikovsky's Quartet op.11 -
transcribed by K. Klindworth (1830 - 1916)

Fantasie on Moniuszko's "Halka" op.2 - C. Tausig (1841 - 1871)



Cameron Khosravi, is a Sydney pianist, who formerly studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Lyall Duke. While at the Conservatorium, he was the recipient of several scholarships and won numerous competitions and prizes in performing and composing. He has attended Masterclasses with the late Professor Lev Vlasenko and has performed at Government House, with the ABC and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and at several music clubs. He has been practising as a solicitor in recent years but still manages to keep up with the hours of practising necessary for performance, and writing music in his spare time. 20 December



20 December

David Tagg (organ)



Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
(Wake up! A voice is calling)

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
(Now come the Saviour of the Gentiles - from the Eighteen Chorales)

Noel X - Louis-Claude Daquin (1694 - 1772)

Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)

Christmas Cradle Song - Alfred Hollins (1865 - 1942)

Impromptu - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)

Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op 7 - Maurice Duruflé (1902 - 1986)



David Tagg commenced organ studies while at school and continues to study with Peter Kneeshaw. David has played recitals at a number of venues including the Sydney Town Hall, St Mary's Cathedral, St Andrew's Cathedral, Christ Church St Laurence and other churches in Sydney.

Upon leaving school he became the Organ Scholar at St Stephen's Uniting Church in Macquarie Street and in June 2011 he was appointed Assistant Organist. David has accompanied Stainer's The Crucifixion with a massed choir in recent Good Friday concerts at St Stephen's and has also worked with Bel A Cappella and other community choirs.

In 2011 David sat for the Associate Diploma from Trinity College London, achieving a Distinction in Organ Performance; he also completed his Bachelor of Design in Architecture degree at the University of Sydney. In 2012 David was a finalist in the Sydney Organ Competition and gained his Licentiate Diploma in Organ Performance with Distinction from Trinity College London.

In 2013 David started his Masters of Architecture degree at the University of Technology Sydney and took up the Organ Scholarship at Christ Church St Laurence.



20 December



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