Friday Music
November 2013

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


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1 November

Strelitzia Ensemble

Lucy Warren -  Violin
Tara Houghton - Viola
Eleanor Betts - Cello

 

 

String Trio in G Major Op. 9 No. 1 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

Selected movements


Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello - Jean Françaix (1912 - 1997)

i. Allegretto vivo
ii. Scherzo
iii. Andante
iv. Rondo

 

 

The Strelitzia Ensemble 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 Ensemble performs repertoire ranging from the great classics, to rare gems and modern masterpieces.

 

 

 

8 November

Mirei Ballinger (piano) &
Patrick Keith (piano)

 

Patrick Keith, piano
 

Intermezzi - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Opus 119, No. 1 in B minor and No. 2 in E minor (1893)
 
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Mirei Ballinger, piano
 

Scherzo in E-flat minor, Opus 4 (1851) - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
 
Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Major - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Well-Tempered Clavier II (1742)

Sonata in D minor, Opus 33 No. 2 (1805) - Joseph Woelfl (1773-1812)
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Polacca (Polonaise)
 
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Patrick Keith and Mirei Ballinger, piano
 

Country Gardens for piano four hands (1937) - Percy Grainger (1882-1961)

 

 

Patrick Keith is emerging as an exciting collaborative artist, establishing himself in the field as an adventurous and experienced ensemble pianist. He recently completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance), specialising in Piano and Collaborative Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Phillip Shovk and David Miller. During his early studies, he participated in the Piano! Festival held at the Australian National Academy of Music in July 2010 under the direction of Boris Berman, which included tuition from Berman, Piers Lane, and Michael Kieran Harvey amongst others, and a broadcast for the ABC Classic FM radio for the ISCM New Music 2010 festival. He has had the pleasure of performing with sopranos Wendy Dixon and Narelle Yeo in a concert featuring Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, and recitals with violinist Goetz Richter, baritone Michael Halliwell, and flautist Geoffrey Collins.

In September 2013 Patrick was placed first in the Victoria Warren Accompaniment Award, performing Brahms, Duparc, Ravel, and Don Banks.

Recently, he has partnered with acclaimed soprano Goknur Shanal, and together they have broadcasted for FM Fine Music in a number of recitals. Future engagements include appearances at the Willoughby Spring Festival at the Concourse, featuring a full Spanish recital, a Persian song cycle by the Pittsburgh based composer Reza Vali, and Ravel's Sheherazade with Shanal and James Kortum.

He has just started a Masters in Piano Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium, studying under Daniel Herscovitch.

 

Japanese-Australian pianist, Mirei Ballinger, was born to two ceramic artists trained in the art of Mashiko yaki. Having shown very little talent for the visual arts, Mirei was enrolled in piano lessons from the age of 6 and singing lessons from the age of 11. An avid chorister, she has sung in a choir every year of her scholastic career, including the Burgundian Consort, the Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Choir and the Choir of Christ Church Saint Laurence.

Initially, Mirei's focus in tertiary education was in Linguistics. But upon deciding that the analysis of morphemes and nanosyntax was too dry to motivate a career in this area, she transferred to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Mirei is currently completing the third year of a degree in Music Performance at the Conservatorium, under the tutelage of Daniel Herscovitch. It is her aim to undertake a study of musician's dietary habits next year in order to develop a nutrition plan that is synergistic to the promotion of musician health and wellbeing.

Mirei's love of music only very narrowly surpasses her love for food and travel.

 

 

 

 

 

15 November

Angus McPherson (flute) and

Peter Leung (saxophone)

 

Tango Etudes No. 4 and 3 - Astor Piazzola (1921-1992)

The Sky Below (2013) - Folkert Buis (b.1971)

Mr Dick is Thinking in Terms of a Blues-Pattern (2003) - Gergely Ittzés (b. 1969)

The Second Thing (2013) - Jabra Latham

Rumori (1991) - Christine Draeger (b. 1955)

Contradanza (1948) - Paquito D'rivera (b. 1948)

 

Angus McPherson grew up in Sydney and began playing the flute in his primary school band when he was nine years old. In 2011, he completed a Master of Music (Performance), studying with Alexa Still at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music. He regularly performs in orchestras for various musical societies as well as with the Turramurra based Orchestra 143 and was a co-soloist with Orchestra 143 in May, 2011, performing Cimarosa's Concerto for Two Flutes. In December this year, he will be performing Vivaldi's "Goldfinch" concerto with Orchestra 143.

Although Angus enjoys many styles of music, he is keenly interested in contemporary music and extended techniques for the flute. In 2011 he spent several months in New York where he conducted interviews with the contemporary flute expert Robert Dick about his invention; a sliding extension for the flute called the Glissando Headjoint. He has performed in international masterclasses for Robert Dick in Seattle, USA, and Gergely Ittzés in Győr, Hungary. In August 2011 he played flute, alto flute and piccolo in the International Opera Theater's production of the new opera, Decameron, in Citta della Pieve and Citta di Saluzzo, Italy. Angus has also performed in masterclasses in Sydney for numerous flutists including Aldo Baerton, Michael Cox and Emmanuel Pahud.

 

Born in Australia, Peter Leung began saxophone at age 7 and a year later he was awarded the May Music Scholarship making him the youngest person at the time to be given the award In 2005 saw Peter attended the Aberystwyth MusicFest in Wales where he participated in masterclasses run by Gerard McChrystal, Head of Saxophone at Trinity College of Music, London. During this festival Peter was chosen to perform Milhaud's La Creation du Monde with the Musicfest Sinfonia. He also performed as lead soprano saxophone in Septettin' by Chris Gordon, in addition to performing solo performances of both Australian and International works. During the same year Peter travelled to London where he undertook lessons with Kyle Horch and Martin Robertson, professors of saxophone at The Royal College of Music. 2008 saw Peter awarded a Buzz Grant by the Foundation for Young Australians, allowing him to attend the Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France under the guidance of Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp and other saxophone professors. Later this year Peter completed his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating with a Bachelor in Music (Honours) majoring in Saxophone Performance. In 2009 Peter was asked to perform with the Sydney Youth Orchestra in their performance of Bernstein's Symphonic Dances: West Side Story, in their second Flagship Concert. Peter recently returned from undertaking a Masters of Music at Fontys Conservatorium in Tilburg, The Nederlands, under the tutelage of Ties Mellema of the Amstel Saxophone Quartet and current Nederlands Music Prize Winner, and Niels Bijl of the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet. During his stay in The Nederlands Peter performed a number of solo recitals as well as a series of world premiers with the modern music ensemble F.C Jongebloed. Peter is currently undertaking a doctoral degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Dr Michael Duke, as well as performing as both a soloist and as a member of the Sydney Saxophone Orchestra and Sydney's premier saxophone ensemble, The Sydney Saxophone Collective.

 

 

 

22 November

Angus McPherson (flute) and

Szu Yu Chen (piano)

 

Fantasie No. 3 - Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767)

Totem for solo flute (2011) - Gergely Ittzés (b. 1969)

Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 94 (1943) - Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)

I. Andantino
II. Allegretto scherzando (Scherzo)
III. Andante
IV. Allegro con brio

 

Angus McPherson grew up in Sydney and began playing the flute in his primary school band when he was nine years old. In 2011, he completed a Master of Music (Performance), studying with Alexa Still at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music. He regularly performs in orchestras for various musical societies as well as with the Turramurra based Orchestra 143 and was a co-soloist with Orchestra 143 in May, 2011, performing Cimarosa's Concerto for Two Flutes. In December this year, he will be performing Vivaldi's "Goldfinch" concerto with Orchestra 143.

Although Angus enjoys many styles of music, he is keenly interested in contemporary music and extended techniques for the flute. In 2011 he spent several months in New York where he conducted interviews with the contemporary flute expert Robert Dick about his invention; a sliding extension for the flute called the Glissando Headjoint. He has performed in international masterclasses for Robert Dick in Seattle, USA, and Gergely Ittzés in Győr, Hungary. In August 2011 he played flute, alto flute and piccolo in the International Opera Theater's production of the new opera, Decameron, in Citta della Pieve and Citta di Saluzzo, Italy. Angus has also performed in masterclasses in Sydney for numerous flutists including Aldo Baerton, Michael Cox and Emmanuel Pahud.

 

Pianist Szu Yu is currently studying (2012) at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a postgraduate accompaniment student with a scholarship and is a student of famous pianists David Miller and Gerard Williams. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Taipei National University of the Arts with a major in piano performance. She also studied music education. She later earned her Masters degree in piano performance at the Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University in the United States. Szu Yu spent two years in the United States studying solo piano with Alexander Shtarkman and chamber music with Ellen Mack, Marian Hahn and Seth Knop. She was also an important part of Peabody Preconservatory and a Baltimore Music College accompanist.

Szu Yu won several prizes and scholarships in both piano, solo flute solo and chamber music competitions. In 2006, Szu Yu started her career as a solo pianist. She performed in Taiwan, Australia, the United States, France, German and Italy. Between 2007 and 2008 Szu Yu was involved with the Edan Joyful Choir as a pianist which toured the world with the support of the Taiwanese government. Recently she just won the Geoffrey Parsons Award and the Chen-Mollie Neale Memorial prize and played with cellists Georg Pedersen and Janis Laurs.

 

 

 

29 November

Heather Moen-Boyd (organ)

Scots Kirk, Mosman

 

 

Prelude and Fugue in E minor - Nikolaus Bruhns (1665 - 1697)
 

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
(Come now, Saviour of the Gentiles) (from the 18 Chorales)      
 

Spring Song - Alfred Hollins (1865 - 1942)
 

Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria - Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)
 

Song to the Evening Star (from Tannhauser) - Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
 

Coronation March, Orb and Sceptre - William Walton (1902 - 1983)

 

 

Heather Moen-Boyd studied at Sydney Conservatorium, where she gained a Bachelor of Music, and also holds the A Mus A and FTCL diplomas. An experienced recitalist, she has been organist and choir director at Scots Kirk, Mosman, since 2006. During the mid-1980's she was Sunday morning organist here at St Stephen's.

She has accompanied major choral works with various choirs throughout Sydney and regional areas. Performances in 2009 included Haydn's The Creation, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Stainer's The Crucifixion, Requiems by Mozart and Durufle, Handel's Messiah, and Mendelssohn's Elijah.

As well as a busy private studio, Heather teaches piano at Bankstown Grammar School, and is an examiner with the Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts. She represented the Presbyterian Church on the editorial committee for the revised Australian Hymn Book, 'Together in Song'.





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