Friday Music
March 2013

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

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1 March

Sayaka Eguchi - violin

Kayoko Nishiwaki - piano


Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major (1838) - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
 I. Allegro vivace
 II. Adagio
 III. Assai vivace 

Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916) - Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918)
I. Allegro vivo
II. Intermède, fantasque et léger
III. Finale: Très animé



Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka began her violin studies at age of three, working with Kazuhiko Osaka and Dr Suzuki. She was a part of Suzuki Method Children's Orchestra tour to Germany at ten years of age. She then pursued her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy and also at The Cleveland Institute of Music in the US with Donald Weilerstein and David Updegraff where she was awarded a special prize for "Distinguished Violinist" upon completion of Master's Degree in violin performance. She participated in major music festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood, and Pacific Music Festival. She is a prize winner of Fishoff National Chamber Music Competition (Indiana, USA) along with many other prizes. She served as the principal second violin of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the concertmaster of Cleveland Women's Orchestra with which she made numerous solo appearances. She is an active recitalist and chamber musician, performing as a part of Mirabella Trio as well as a dedicated violin teacher.

Kayoko studied at Mukogawa Women's University in Japan with Boris Bekhterev and with the late Naoyuki Inoue, himself a pupil of Rudolf Serkin. She also holds a Master's degree from Moscow State Conservatoire. Kayoko is an experienced Chamber Musician. In Japan, replacing Boris Bekhterev, she appeared a number of times in Russian Embassy, both as soloist and accompanist. For several years she participated in the Kobe Memorial production of Verdi Requiem. She and her husband, a former pianist Dong-Jun Ha, were a Piano Duo. In 2005 they played in Kobe International Competition and received an award. Kayoko now lives in Sydney Australia where she studies privately with Phillip Shovk, runs a home studio, and prepares future performances. She has played at Sydney Opera House, Crows Nest Performing Arts Centre, and Lindfield Uniting Church. She has recorded for ABC Classics.




8 March

Raisa Dobrinsky - piano

Gregory Elmaloglou - cello



Cello encores

Arioso - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Cello sonata - Georg Telemann (1681-1767)

Sonatine - Ludwig v. Beethoven (1770-1827)

Song without words op.109 - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Nocturne - Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Gavotte no.2 op.23. - David Popper (1843-1913)
Tarantella op.33. - David Popper (1843-1913)

La cinqantaine - Jean Gabriel-Marie (1852-1928)

Sicilienne - Maria-Theresia Paradis (1759-1824)

Allegro-Appassionato - Camille Saint-Saëns(1835-1921)


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.




15 March

Alianza Ensemble

Saxophone - Carmen Nieves
Saxophone - Jay Byrnes
Piano - Lindsay Gilroy



Les Gentils Airs - Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764)

Premier Trio in G Major - Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)

Histoire du Tango - Ástor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)
Cafe (1930)
Nightclub (1960)



Alianza Ensembles was formed in 2010 by Carmen Nieves and Jay Byrnes as an outlet for chamber music performance of the saxophone. The concept of Alianza ensemble is a flexible number of musicians that join the core duo, all with an interest in performing beautiful music for an expanding audience. Alianza currently works in both quartet, trio and duo versions on a regular basis with performances at the NSW Art Gallery, Mosman Art Gallery, St Stephens Uniting Church Sydney, St Phillips Anglican Church Sydney, and Knox Grammar School as well as many private functions. Each of the members of Alianza trio performing today are accomplished performers with international experience, coming together to create a unique and exciting musical experience for both audience and artists. The trio regularly performs music not only written for 2 saxophones and piano, but also adapts music from other instruments that suit this combination very well. Alianza Ensembles is supported by the Saxophone Academy Sydney.






22 March

David Tagg - organ

Assistant Organist, St Stephen's


All Glory, Laud and Honour - Dale Wood (1934 - 2003)

'Lament' on 'O Sacred Head' - Robert Ampt (1949 - )

'Andante sostenuto' from Symphonie Gothique, Op. 70
- Charles-Marie Widor (1845 - 1937)

from Le Chemin de la Croix (The Stations of the Cross), Op. 29
- Marcel Dupré (1886 - 1971)

VIII. Jésus console les filles d'Israël qui le suivent
(Jesus comforts the women of Jerusalem)
XI. Jésus est attaché sur la Croix (Jesus is nailed on the Cross)
XII. Jésus meurt sur la Croix (Jesus dies upon the Cross)

Chorale prelude O Mensch, bewein' dein Sünde groß BWV622
(O man, bemoan thy grievous sins) - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Introduction and Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen
(Let us rejoice) - Nicholas Choveaux (1904 - 1995)




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, the Sydney Opera House, St Andrew's Cathedral, St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne 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. In both 2011 and 2012 he accompanied Stainer's 'The Crucifixion' with a massed choir in a St Stephen's Good Friday concert and last year accompanied the Sutherland Choral Society's performance of Handel's 'Messiah'.

In 2011 David sat for the Associate Diploma from the Trinity College of Music, 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 the Trinity College of Music, London.





29 March

Good Friday


Stainer's 'Crucifixion'




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