Friday Music
December 2015

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


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4 December

Cameron Khosravi (pianoforte)

 

Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Op. 18, No. 3 - César Franck (1822 - 1890)
(transcribed for piano by I. Friedman)

Grand Caprice on Bellini's "La Sonnambula", Op.46 - Sigismond Thalberg (1812- 1871)

Andante from the 2nd Quintet op.115 - Gabriel Faure (1845 - 1924)
(transcribed for piano by G. Samazeuilh)

Concert Paraphrase on Strauss's "Wiener Blut" Waltz - Edwin Hughes (1884 - 1965 )

 

Cameron Khosravi is a Sydney pianist, who studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Lyall Duke. While at the Conservatorium High School, he was the recipient of several scholarships and won numerous competitions and prizes in performing and composing. He attended Masterclasses with the late Professor Lev Vlasenko, performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as part of the 1995 ABC Young Artists Program, played on ABC TV in a Masterclass with Michael Kieran Harvey and a concert performance as part of the 1996 Piano Showcase Program. He has also performed at Government House and at numerous music clubs. In recent years he has been practising as a solicitor but still manages to keep up with the hours of practising necessary for performance, and occasionally writing music in his spare time.


11 December

Peter Smith - clarinet
Ting Lee, Ben Adler - violins
Hayasa Tanaka - viola
Bernadette Morrison - cello

 

It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing) - Duke Ellington(1899 - 1974) arr. Ting Lee

Oriental Reverie - Alexander Glazunov (1865 - 1936)

Clarinet Quintet Op. 34 - Carl Maria von Weber (1786 - 1826)

I. Allegro
II. Fantasia. Adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Rondo. Allegro

 

Hayasa Tanaka (viola)

Hayasa is currently studying with Prof. Goetz Richter at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she is currently the recipient of the Corinna D'Hage Mayer String Scholarship and the Georgina Byron Purss Scholarship. During her undergraduate degree, Hayasa studied with Tobias Breider and Roger Benedict, and was the recipient of the University of Sydney Merit Scholarship. Hayasa also studied on exchange at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria with Prof. Klos and Prof. Schönauer. Hayasa has performed in orchestras nationally including Sydney Sinfonia, and the Sydney, SBS, and Australian Youth Orchestras. Internationally, Hayasa has also played in the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra's National Music Institute, and in Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus with the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra and the Webern Symphony Orchestra. Hayasa also enjoys playing in ensembles, and is a member of the Geist String Quartet.

Ting Lee (violin)

Ting Lee is a freelance violinist, arts/education coordinator and teacher in Sydney. In 2010 she completed her Bachelor of Performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying under Dr. Goetz Richter, Prof. Ole Bohn and Alex Todicescu. Since 2011 she has worked in the Open Academy at the Conservatorium, where she coordinates the 'Rising Stars' and 'Kids at the Con' programs. Besides traditional orchestral and chamber music, Ting's diverse musical interests have also fostered a love of jazz and popular arrangements (one of which you'll hear today!). Ting is a sought-after violin teacher and the head of a self-run string ensemble business. In 2016 Ting will complete her Masters of Arts Management at UTS, and looks forward to continuing to balance her three loves – performance, arts administration and teaching.

Bernadette Morrison (cello)

Performing in the renowned Musica Viva Festival in Sydney, Bernadette was a 2015 member of the Australian Youth Orchestra Chamber Players (string quartet). She was also selected for the AYO Momentum Ensemble, touring Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne in October and workshopping and performing with the preeminent Australian World Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle at the Sydney Opera House in July. In 2011 Bernadette was also a member of the Sydney Sinfonia of Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She completed her Master of Music Studies in Cello Performance in 2014 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she had

previously completed her Bachelor of Music with Honours (Performance). Bernadette has also studied at European summer schools including the 2014 Estivo Chamber Music Festival in Verona, Italy, with the Adelphi String Quartet, and the 2014 Fauviere International Music Summer School at the Conservatoire de Lyon, France, where she had lessons with German cellist, Maria Kliegel. Bernadette has performed in master-classes with other international artists such as Steven Isserlis, Nicolas Altstaedt, the Doric String Quartet, Goldner String Quartet, Morgenstern Trio and ATOS Trio. Bernadette currently works as a freelance musician and teaches cello privately and for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy's Play at the Con program.
 

Benjamin Adler (violin)

Benjamin Adler has just finished his first semester of postgraduate studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he learns from Alice Waten. Ben was leader of the non-conducted Con Chamber Orchestra from 2013 to 2015, as well as concertmaster of the Con Symphony Orchestra. He received the Frank Hutchens Student of the Year Prize for 2014. Ben is also first violinist of the Hillel String Quartet, with whom he has toured Western Australia and northern Italy, and with whom he will tour Paris and London in January.  Ben is excited to be an Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist for 2016.

Peter Anthony Smith (clarinet)

Peter received his Bachelor in clarinet performance in 2009, and his Masters in clarinet performance in 2012, both from the Sydney Conservatorium, where he now works as a casual wind tutor and lecturer in the musicology department. He has performed and recorded widely both as a soloist and with numerous professional ensembles. Highlights have included performing as a soloist with the Balmain Sinfonia, performing recitals for the Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference in 2013, a well-received chamber tour of Paris and London in 2011, and recording a jazz trio album in 2013. He has also performed or recorded with the Sydney Chamber Opera, Wollongong Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Kammerklang, Halcyon, and Ensemble Offspring.

In addition to his work on clarinet and bass clarinet, Peter champions the Electric Wind Instrument (or EWI) in public recitals and recordings. His Youtube channel, dedicated to making covers of video game music using the EWI (Soundole VGM Covers), has over 200,000 views, and so far he has released 2 albums of these covers with another coming in January 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

18 December

Brett Brown (bass-baritone) & Mark Quarmby (organ)

 

 

Chorale Prelude on 'In dulci jubilo' BWV 729
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

Thus saith the lord;
But who may abide the day of his coming?
From Messiah HWV 56
Text: Haggai 2: 6-7; Malachi 3: 1-2`
Music: George Frederic Handel (1685 - 1759)

Christmas Cradle Song
Alfred Hollins (1865 - 1942)

Stille Nacht
Text: Joseph Mohr
Melody: Franz Xaver Gruber (1787 - 1863)

Großer Herr, o starker König [Mighty Lord of all Creation]
From Weinachts-Oratorium [Christmas Oratorio] BWV 248
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)

Translation:
Mighty Lord of all Creation,
Dearest Saviour, O how little carest Thou for Earthly fame.
Thou whom all men would acclaim,
Thou in Majesty the Highest,
In a lowly manger liest.

Noël: Quand Jésus naquit à Noël [When Jesus was born at Christmas]
Claude Balbastre (1727 - 1799)

The Holy City
Words: Frederic Weatherly
Music: Stephen Adams (1841 - 1913)

 

 

 

 

BRETT BROWN – biography

Brett is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. An actor, singer and musician, he is currently based between Australia and the United Kingdom.

For Opera Australia his credits include Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, The Magic Flute, Baz Luhrmann's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Die Meistersingers von Nürnberg, Otello, and Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edo de Waart. For OperaUpClose he created the role of Schaunard in their Olivier Award winning production of La Bohème.

He has performed widely in plays and musicals on London's West End, in theatre festivals across Europe. Highlights include the Academy Award winning film The Theory of Everything, Tiresias for the Bloomsbury Festival, the world premiere of Fishskin Trousers for the Finborough Theatre & Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, The Tempest with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Albertus Wallenstein and Perkin Warbeck with Shakespeare's Globe, the UK premiere of Jerry Herman's Dear World, directed by Dame Gillian Lynne DBE, and The Cook and the Insurgent for the BBC. His one-man performance of Phaedra, by the celebrated Greek poet, Yannis Ritsos, played to critical acclaim at the London Festival of Emerging Artists.

 

Read more at brettbrownactor.com

Mark Quarmby graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying organ under Norman Johnston and piano under Marjorie Hesse. He has given recitals throughout Australia, Europe, North America, Asia and New Zealand. For over 20 years he was the Assistant Organist of St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, playing the organ for national live broadcasts, visits of the Queen, funerals of State governors and national memorial services. In August 2009 he was appointed Director of Music at St Stephen's, Macquarie Street.

In Europe he has played in the Cathedrals of St Paul's, London, Canterbury, Salisbury, Oxford, Winchester, Lichfield, Westminster Abbey and Notre-Dame, Paris, with recitals in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, and Holland. In 2009 he gave the opening recital of the American Guild of Organists Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

He has been the President of the Organ Music Society of Sydney, has served on the committee of the Royal School of Church Music (NSW) and is currently a National Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia and teaches piano, organ and musicianship at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, and privately.

 

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25 December

CHRISTMAS DAY - NO RECITAL

 

Recitals resume on 5 February 2016 with recitals being held throughout the day on
Australia Day, 26 January 2016.


Please click here for the 2016 recital schedule