Friday Music
May 2015

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


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1 May

Vivien Jeffery (violin)

Benjamin Kopp (piano)

 

Violin Sonata Op 12 No 2 - L Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante, più tosto allegretto
3. Allegro piacevole

Pale Moon - An Indian Love Song - Frederick Knight Kogan (1871-1928)
arranged Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962)

Violin Sonata - Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
1. Allegro vivo
2. Intermède, fantasque et léger
3. Finale: Très animé

 

Vivien Jeffery (violin)

Vivien has worked as Deputy Concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra as well as guest principal in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as soloist with the Melbourne, Sydney, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and Orchestra Victoria.

Vivien began violin at 5 years of age under the Suzuki method.

At the age of 17 she began study with Alice Waten and completed her Bachelor of Music at the Australian Institute of Music.

She then studied in Melbourne at ANAM for two years before moving overseas, and completing her post graduate studies at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Antje Weithaas.

While in Australia Vivien was the recipient of the Dorothy Fraser Scholarship, the Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship and the Richard Goldner Award as well as twice being a finalist in the Australian Young Performers Awards.

Vivien has been a member of Ensemble Vinifera and the Argyle String Quartet both groups of which she was a founding member.

 

Benjamin Kopp (piano)

Pianist Benjamin Kopp has performed as soloist with the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Western Australian Symphony Orchestras, and Orchestra Victoria. He is now a member of the Streeton Trio, a, Australian piano trio. Benjamin has recently completed his post graduate studies with Pascal Devoyon at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve. During his time in Switzerland, Benjamin performed as soloist with several orchestras, including Ensemble Contrechamps, l'Orchestre du HEM Geneve and Ensemble Namascae.

In 2007, Benjamin was the winner of the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year keyboard final. Benjamin has also studied with Rita Reichmann, Daniel Herscovitch and Jennifer Hammond.

 

 

8 May

 

Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Ensemble

Conductor: Dr. Michael Duke

 

 

"Cuban Overture" - George Gershwin Arr. C. Tomsett

"Stemming" - Nigel Wood

"Bolero" - Maurice Ravel Arr. Nigel Wood

"Simon's Mangrove Groove" - Roger May

"Silimaka" - Johan van der Linden

 

 

Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Ensemble

Conductor: Dr. Michael Duke

Soprano I: Mary Osborn
Soprano II: Simon Watts
Soprano III: Chung Him Chu

Alto I: Alice Morgan
Alto II: Alisha Kinkade
Alto III: Jordan Brynes

Tenor I: Carlo Antonioli
Tenor II: Chris Higgins
Tenor III: Tim Dunne

Baritone I: Marcus Rook
Baritone II: Travers Keirle
Bass: Tom Spenser

 

 

 

May 15

 

Michaela Leisk (soprano) and Stacey Yang (piano)

 

1. An die Musik  - Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
2. Gretchen am Spinnrade

1. Zueignung - Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
2. Herr Lenz
3. Morgen

1. La diva de l'empire - Eric Satie (1866 - 1925)
2. Je te veux

Piano solo
Holberg Suite , op. 40 - Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)

 

 

Michaela Leisk graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music (Hons). Opera scenes include the roles of 'Adele' in Die Fledermaus, 'Flora' in The Turn of the Screw and 'Zerlina' in Don Giovanni.

In the UK, Michaela performed the Gilbert and Sullivan roles Julia, Mabel, Josephine and Patience. She also performed numerous sacred works including Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Bach's Cantata 51 – Jauchzett Gott, and Poulenc's Gloria at Chelmsford Cathedral, Essex.

In Sydney, Michaela sang the role of 'Calisto' in Offenbach's Daphnis and Chloe with Pacific Opera, and 'Dolores' in Florodora with Slick Operettas. In 2011 she joined The 7 Sopranos, and in 2013 recorded with them on their first, self-titled CD on the ABC Classics label. Michaela also held the post of Cantor at St Peter's Anglican Church, Cremorne, for five years.

Michaela sang the role of 'Rose Pickles' in a creative workshop of George Palmer's opera Cloudstreet, and 'Lucille' in Rossini's The Silken Ladder with Sydney Independent Opera in 2012, as well as 'Orlenda' in Chloe Charody's circus opera The Carnival. In 2014, she performed the role of 'Envy' in Fat Lady Productions' Pleasure Opera at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

 

Stacey Xiaoyu Yang moved to Australia from Dalian, China in 2001. Since then she has completed both a Bachelor of Medical Science and Master of Nursing degrees at the University of Sydney. Stacey has learnt the organ for a number of years from Kurt Ison and Jennifer Chou and the piano from Stephanie McCallum. She has been awarded both an LTCL in organ and LMusA in pianoforte.

Stacey has been the organ scholar at the University of Sydney and is also currently one of a small group of honorary carillonists as well. She is a private piano tutor at MLC School Burwood and also teaches privately.

She has been on the staff of SCEGGS Darlinghurst for two years as one of the school's two chapel organists.

Stacey was formerly the Organist of St Anne's Anglican Church, Strathfield and is currently Organist at St Peter's Anglican Church, Cremorne.

In September this year, Stacey will start her Master of Music degree in organ performance with Professor David Higgs at the prestigious Eastman School of Music at Rochester, USA.

 

 

May 22

Patrick Keith (piano)

 

Sonata D Major KV 311, 1st movement - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Piana Sonata, 1st movement - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Paganini Variations, Book I - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Etude-Tableaux, op 39. no 9., D Major - Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

 

Patrick Keith is emerging as an exciting artist, establishing himself in the field as an adventurous and experienced 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 Dene Olding, sopranos Wendy Dixon and Narelle Yeo in a concert featuring Schoenberg'sPierrot Lunaire, and recitals with Goetz Richter, baritone Michael Halliwell, and flautists Geoff Collins and James Kortum.

A finalist in the Geoffrey Parsons Accompaniment Award for both 2012 and 2013, Patrick placed first in the Victoria Warren Accompaniment Award in September 2013, performing Brahms, Duparc, Ravel, and Don Banks.

In 2013, Patrick partnered with acclaimed soprano Goknur Shanal, and together they have broadcasted for FM Fine Music, and other engagements including 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, Ravel's Sheherazade, and a broadcast for FM 102.9's 2013 Christmas Broadcast.

He is currently completing a Master's degree in Piano Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium, studying under Daniel Herscovitch.

 

 

 

May 29

Alistair Nelson (organ) & Ria Andriani (soprano)*

 

15 Pieces for organ founded on antiphons, op. 18 (excerpts) - Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

I. While the King sitteth at his table, my Spikenard sendeth out the perfume thereof
II. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me
III. I am Black but Comely, O Ye Daughters of Jerusalem
IV. Lo, the Winter is Past
V. How fair and pleasant art thou

*Les Angélus, op. 57- Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
    I. Au matin
    II. A midi
    III. Au soir

Claire de lune, op. 53, no. 5 - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

*Ave Maria, op. 67, no. 2 - Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

*Le secret, op. 23, no. 3 - Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Hymne au soleil, op. 53, no. 3 - Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

 

 

 

Alistair Nelson is the Organist of St. James' Church, King Street, and a visiting organ tutor at Sydney Grammar School. Alistair has recently performed at the Esplanade in Singapore as part of the Tapestry of Sacred Music festival, and at City Recital Hall with Sydney Chamber Choir and the Metropolitan Orchestra. He has also given solo recitals in the USA and Australia.

Alistair holds a Master Music degree from Yale University where he studied repertoire with Thomas Murray and Martin Jean and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. His degree recital was subsequently broadcast on ABC Classic FM. After his studies, was Associate Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City New York.

Alistair grew up in Sydney, serving as Organ Scholar at St. Anne's Strathfield and St. Paul's Burwood, and as Assistant Organist at Christ Church St. Laurence, Sydney. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Sydney, and in 2005 he won first prize in the Open Section of the Sydney Organ Competition, and made an ABC Young Performers recording.

 

Ria Andriani completed her B Mus/BA from UNSW in 2014. She has studied singing with Kathleen Connell and Nancy Long. She attended the Dartington International Summer School in 2014 and received extensive coaching in Early Music. She is planning to return this year. Ria is a parishioner of St James King St and regularly sings there.

 




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