Friday Music
March 2020

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

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6 March

Karlsruher Konzert-Duo [Germany]

Reinhard Armleder - violoncello
Dagmar Hartmann - pianoforte



Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73 - Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)

I. Zart und mit Ausdruck (Tender and with expression)
II. Lebhaft, leicht (Lively, light)
III. Rasch und mit Feuer (Quick and with fire)

Sonata in A major (1886) - César Franck (1822 – 1890)

1st movement: Allegretto ben moderato
2nd movement: Allegro – Quasi lento – Tempo I

Dream of Love, Op. 62 no. 3 - Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) (arranged by Gaspar Cassadó)

Con affetto (Poco Allegro)

  Pièce en Forme de Habanera - Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)

Presque lent et avec indolence

La vida breve: first spanish dance - Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946)
Allegramente e Vivo, ma non troppo

The Karlsruhe Concert-Duo with cellist Reinhard Armleder and pianist Dagmar Hartmann has been in existence since 1999 and has established itself as a successful and sought-after duo in Germany and abroad, not least through winning several international competitions. The duo regularly earns high praise and fascinates its audiences with profound and captivating interpretations, brilliant technique, and imaginative programming.

In their repertoire, the two musicians concentrate on classical-romantic literature and 20th century music. For their ensemble they are particularly interested in the rediscovery of lesser known composers and works, but they also dedicate themselves time and again to the music of the modern age and bring works dedicated to the present to their world premieres.

The two artists studied at the University of Music Karlsruhe, Trossingen and Berlin. As a duo, they have won first prize at various international competitions such as the Lorenzo Perosi Competition in Biella (1999), in Moncalieri (1999), and at the Racconigi Competition (2001). In France, the Karlsruher Konzert-Duo won the Concours Pierre Lantier in Paris (2000) and the U.A.F.M. competition in Chaville (2003). Their success in these competitions brought the two musicians a great deal of attention and opened up engagements on national and international podiums, setting the stage for concerts worldwide.

Today their concert calendar includes regular tours throughout Europe, as well as to North, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, and countries of southern Africa. To date the duo has traveled to 70 countries and has been celebrated at renowned national and international festivals such as Beethoven Music Society Washington/USA, Schubert Society London/Great Britain, Festival de Musique au Château de Bourglinster/Luxembourg, Art-November Festival in Moscow/Russia, International Music Festiva "Kharkiv Assemblee", Haifa Music Festival/Israel, Johannesburg International Mozart Festival/South Africa, Rovinj International Music Festival/Croatia, Concert Series Museu de Arte de São Paulo/Brazil, Friends of Jordan Festival Amman/Jordan, Barenboim-Said-Foundation Ramallah/Palestine or Bir Miftuh International Music Festival/Malta.

The concert duo's creative works have been documented in numerous radio and television productions as well as on CDs recorded under the Fiori Classics label.

Reinhard Armleder and Dagmar Hartmann are committed to the training and promotion of young musicians. In addition to their work as lecturers at the University of Music/Karlsruhe and the Conservatory of Baden/Karlsruhe, they regularly give master classes at home and abroad.

To quote praise by a specialist publication: "... it is rare to find a duo with such a fortunate and intense combination of a kindred musicality, affinity and interaction with their instruments."


13 March

Steve Meyer (violoncello) &

Catherine McKay (pianoforte)



Aria from Pastorale BWV 590 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)

Sonata in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2 for cello & piano - Ludwig v. Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
1. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo
2. Allegro molto piu tosto presto ~ Rondo Allegro

Andante, 3rd mvmt from Sonata in G minor for cello & piano - Sergi Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)



Catherine McKay was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London with Irina Zaritskaya and went on to study and work in Canada, initially at the Banff Centre and then to complete the Diplôme d'Études Supérieures Spécialisées under Marc Durand in Piano performance & French at the Université de Montréal.

Catherine is based in Sydney working as piano tutor and accompanist at Kambala. Previously in Wellington, NZ she coached Chamber Music for Victoria University's Young Musician's Programme in amongst freelance concerts throughout NZ, Europe and the US as soloist and chamber musician.


Steve Meyer is a versatile cellist who performs regularly in a broad range of concerts throughout Sydney. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium with Susan Blake and has appeared at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. As an orchestral player Steve has performed with many ensembles including the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Sydney Opera House Orchestra and has played principal cello for The Metropolitan Orchestra, the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Chamber Orchestra. As a theatre performer Steve has performed in many stage productions throughout Australia including The Lion King, Les Miserable, Matilda, Ghost Dream Lover and Ladies is Black.  He toured to Broadway New York with Belvoir St Theatre as solo musician in The Book of Everything. Steve has appeared as soloist with Orchestra 143, the Sydney Chamber Orchestra and premiered the cello concerto Cyan Echo by Mark Oliveiro with the Bourbaki Ensemble. In the popular music world Steve has performed with John Farnham, Olivia Newton John, Jimmy Barnes, Elaine Paige, The Church and recently toured Australia with Air Supply. Steve has taught Chamber Music at the Sydney Conservatorium and is currently a freelance cellist performing around Sydney.






20 March

Danielle Eden (flute)

Sumiko Yamamura (pianoforte)

Flute Sonata in E major BWV 1035 - J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
I. Adagio ma non tanto
II. Allegro
III. Siciliano
IV. Allegro assai

Cantabile and Presto - George Enesco (1881 - 1955)

Sonata for flute and pianoforte - Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963) 
I. Allegro malinconico
II. Cantilena
III. Presto giocoso


Dr Danielle Eden is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium, the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Sydney and the University of London. Her doctorate is in C19th historical music research. Danielle has over thirty years experience as a professional performer and educator. Her extensive performance background includes the first piccolo recital at London's Southbank Centre, and orchestral performances with the BBC Welsh Symphony; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Sumiko Yamamura was born in Japan, and is a very active freelance accompanist. She completed a Bachelor of Music in performance with Elizabeth Powell, and a Graduate Diploma in piano accompaniment with David Miller at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She is an active ensemble pianist. She has worked with many musicians, both instrumentalists and singers, including recitals with former SSO Principal bassoonist John Cran (with ABC-FM), Orana Trio (ABC-FM), Kammer Trio, Sirius Ensemble, TSO Principal trombone Jonathon Ramsay (Fine Music FM recitals with Young Performers Awards) and many others. She performed in the premier of Christopher Gordon's Quintet for Bass Trombone for the International Brass festival in 2014. 





27 March

Stacey Yang (organ)


Presto (after Cantata BWV 35 "Geist und Seele sind verwirret") -
Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911)

Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen BWV 770 - J S Bach (1685-1750)

Prelude and Fugue in E Flat Major ( St Anne) BWV 552 - J S Bach (1685-1750)

An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV 653 - J S Bach (1685-1750)

Mattheus-Final (from "Bach's Memento") - Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)


Stacey Xiaoyu Yang is a doctoral candidate (majoring in organ performance and literature) in the studio of Professor David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. Stacey received a Bachelor's degree in Medical Science and a Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Sydney. She taught piano at MLC School Burwood for 8 years and worked as a chapel organist at SCEGGS Darlinghurst for 4 years. Recently, she has been working as an interim organ scholar and acting assistant organist at St James' Church, King Street. She is the deputy organist and music director at Hunter Baillie Presbyterian Church, Annandale and also works as a piano accompanist for Australia Catholic University Choir.  She holds a MMus (Eastman) and LTCL in organ performance, a LMusA in piano performance and has performed extensively both in Australia and Overseas including Sydney Opera House, St James', King St, Christ Church St Laurence, Our Lady's Basilica at Tongeren in Belgium, Marktkirche, Wiesbaden in Germany, HongKong Cultural Centre and Cathedrals in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Antwerp, and Madrid.  




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