Friday Music
November 2014

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


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7 November

Angus McPherson (flute)

Szu Yu Chen (piano)

 

 

Sonata in e minor BWV 1034 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

I. Adagio ma non tanto
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro

 

Trail for Solo Flute - Matt Rankin (b. 1986)

 

Sonata for Flute and Piano - Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

I. Allegretto malincolico
II. Cantilena
III. Presto giocoso

 

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 studied at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a postgraduate accompaniment student with a scholarship under the 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 and 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 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.

 

 

 

 

14 November

Marie Heinrich (flute)

Szu Yu Chen (piano)

 

Three Songs Without Words - Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984)

i. Arioso - molto moderato
ii. Ballad - Allegretto
iii. Sephardic Melody - Largamente rubato e molto appassionato

Fantasie - Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)

Soliloquy, Op.44 - Lowell Liebermann (b.1961)

Suite, Op. 34 - Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

i. Moderato
ii. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
iii. Romance: Andantino
iv. Final: Vivace

 

 

Marie Irene Heinrich enjoys a varied career as a flutist and educator. She is currently based in Sydney, Australia and appears as a freelance solo, orchestral, and chamber musician throughout Australia, North America and New Zealand.

She holds a Masters degree in Music Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Bachelors degree in K-12 Music Education from the University of Colorado. Her principal teachers include Christina Jennings, Alexa Still, Aldo Baerten and Laura Chislett Jones.

Marie has performed with the Palace Gate Orchestra, the Sydney Conservatorium Modern Music Ensemble, the University of Colorado Orchestra and the Colorado Mahlerfest Orchestra. Recent engagements include solo performances at New Zealand Woodwind Competition, the Gisborne International Music Competition and the New South Wales Flute Gala.

In high demand as a pedagogue, Marie maintains a flute studio of 60 students and currently lectures in flute at Saint Scholastica's College, Queenwood School for Girls and SCEGGS Darlinghurst. She also prepares students for Trinity College, ABRSM and AMEB music exams. Aside from her teaching duties,  Marie serves as assistant treasurer for the Flute Society of New South Wales. 

 

Pianist Szu Yu studied at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a postgraduate accompaniment student with a scholarship under the 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 and 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 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.

 

 

21 November

Mirei Ballinger (pianoforte)

Kinzey Alexander (flute)

Belle Morrison (clarinet)

 

Sonata for flute, clarinet and piano Op.11 - Maurice Emmanuel (1862-1938)

I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio
III. Molto allegro e leggierissimo


Reverie russe - Ernesto Cavallini (1807-1874)

Sonatine en trio - Florent Schmitt (1870-1958)

I. Assez anime
II. Assez vif
III. Tres lent
IV. Anime


Tarantelle - Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)

 

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, under the tutelage of Daniel Herscovitch and Phillip Shovk. Mirei is concurrently completing Honours and her final year of a degree in Music Performance at the Conservatorium. Her research aims to study the musician's dietary habits 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.

 

Since commencing lessons with Kellie Grennan at the age of 6, Kinsey Alexander made remarkable progress and went on to study flute with Dr Alexa Still at the Sydney Conservatorium High School, during which time she passed her HSC music extension course with full marks. In 2009 Kinsey received the Blain Award from the Burwood Rotary Club assisting her to travel to the NFA Flute Convention in New York. She has been a regular prizewinner at the NSW Flute Society Eisteddfod since 2003, and in 2011 she was the winner of both the intermediate and open championships, and the open concerto section.

Kinsey's chamber group La Rosa Rojaattend participated in the Resonate Tango Festival in Sydney and Canberra and performed in several master classes with Ignacio Varchausky and Santiago Polimeni. Kinsey has participated in flute master classes and private lessons with internationally renowned flautists such as Michel Bellavance, Bridget Douglas, Stephen Preston, Bridget Bolliger and Greg Patillo. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Music degree at the Conservatorium of Sydney, majoring in flute performance.

Kinsey currently plays on a Lenny Lopatin flute with a Drelinger head joint.

 

Belle Morrison started learning the clarinet at the age of 8 in her home town Nowra where she soon joined the Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra in 2004-2009 playing both second and first clarinet. She also played with the Shoalhaven Concert Band in 2009-2010 and the Albatross Musical Theatre Company Orchestra in 2009. Belle was a regular participant in AYO sponsored programs such as Playerlink, SSO Fellows, and Flametree Festival workshops. Belle and her two sisters, Klara and Bernadette formed the Morrison Trio in 2004 and regularly perform at concerts, weddings, gigs and other functions including corporate events.

Belle was also a regular prize winner in the Shoalhaven Eisteddfod since 2003 and was awarded the Rotary Club Scholarship and the Shoalhaven Arts Board Medallion with the Morrison Trio in 2009. In 2013 Belle received the Shoalhaven Les Crosby Jazz Scholarship. Belle was principal clarinet for the Nowra Benefit Concert in 2007, playing with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Cellist, James Beck; World renowned Australian Cellist David Pereira; and Australian Broadcaster and announcer, Richard Morecroft. She also regularly performs for other charity and community functions. In 2011 Belle performed with David Pereira (one of Australia's greatest cellists) in one of his regular concerts at The Wesley Music Centre in Canberra, playing music written by up-and-coming composers including Vic Morrison. In the same year, Belle also received her Associate Diploma in Music (AMusA) with the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). Belle graduated from the Conservatorium High School in 2012 and was awarded the Vicki Rumsey Memorial Scholarship. Belle currently studies a Bachelor of Music, (Performance), at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under Deborah de Graaff and was awarded a Kim Walker Faculty Merit Scholarship. At the Conservatorium Belle performs with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Modern Music Ensemble and Wind Symphony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 November

Oscar Smith (organ)

Michael Deasey Organ Scholar, St Andrew's Cathedral

 

Fanfare - Richard Proulx (1937 - 2010)

Scherzo - Enrico Bossi (1861 - 1925)

Litanies - Jean Alain (1911 - 1940)

Trio Sonata in E flat, first movement BWV 525 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Nun danket alle Gott - Sigfried Karg-Elert (1877 - 1933)

Trumpet Tune - Robert Ampt (1949 - )

Carillon - Louis Vierne (1870 - 1937)





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