Friday Music
July 2022

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


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1 July

Roman Rudnytsky [USA] (Concert Pianist)

 

 

Ritual Fire Dance - Manuel de Falla  (1876-1946)
 
Impromptu in F sharp, op. 36 - Fryderyk Chopin  (1810-1849)
 
Divertimento ("Italian Diary"), op. 42
- Antin Rudnytsky  (1901-1975)
 
Introduzione   (Venezia: Rialton)
Corale    (Padova: Basilica del santo)
Marcia Funebre   (Ravenna:  At Dante's Tomb)
Scherzino   (Soni swinging on the beach at Rimini)
Intermezzo    (Firenze:  Campanile di Giotto)
Finale          (Roma:  Piazza San Pietro)
 
Prelude, from Partita No.3 for unaccompanied violin - Johann Sebastian Bach  (1685-1750)
 (transcription for piano by Sergei Rachmaninoff)
 
  Concerto in C for piano and orchestra, K. 467 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  (1756-1791)
(transcription for solo piano by Roman Rudnytsky)  

Allegro maestoso
Andante
Allegro vivace assai

 

Roman Rudnytsky is an American concert pianist of Ukrainian background.  A graduate of the famous Juilliard School in New York, he has been playing concerts for years and has now played in 100 countries..
 
He has been soloist with many orchestras around the world, playing about fifty different works for piano and orchestra with them.  He has played concerts in 35 countries through US Embassies as a kind of "cultural ambassador" and has played recitals on about 70 cruises of P&O (UK) and Cunard ships.
 
Roman Rudnytsky was a prizewinner in ten international and national piano competitions.
 
He has made 21 tours in Australia--every two years since 1979---and has played around 600 concerts there---more in quantity than in any other country that he has toured in..  These have ranged from the Sydney Opera House to many country and Outback towns in all the States and in the NT.  His tours have averaged three months in length each time.  He did the Australian premiere performance in 1993 with the SBS Youth Orchestra in the Sydney Town Hall of the then-recently discovered (1989) Liszt Concerto No.3 in E flat for piano and orchestra. The SBS made a documentary of this, calling it "Discovering Liszt", and broadcast it over their TV network.    He also served as Artist-in-Residence at the Univ. of Melbourne Faculty of Music (twice) and at the Univ. of Wollongong School of Creative Arts.
 
The current tour in Australia---his 22nd---goes from July to the end of September and his recital at St. Stephen's Uniting Church is the first one of the tour, which consists of 30 concerts.   He is already planning his next (23rd) tour in Australia in 2023  (September through November).
 
Other concerts in 2022 were in the UK, USA, and on three cruises of P&O and Cunard ships.
 
In addition to his concertizing, Roman Rudnytsky was for many years a university professor of piano and music---mostly, at Youngstown (Ohio) State University--Dana School of Music---where he got a "Distinguished Professor Award".  Since retiring from there in 2011, he has been and is "Professor Emeritus".

 

8 July

Wendy Dixon (soprano)

James Kortum (flute)

David Miller (pianoforte)

 

 

Villanelle - Clemence de Grandval (1828-1907) trio

Odelette - Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) flute and piano

3 Mélodies by Debussy - Claude Debussy (1862-1918) voice and piano

4 poems by Rabindranath Tagore Op.68 - Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935) trio

 

Wendy Dixon has had a highly successful international career as a soprano soloist working in Europe, the Americas, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. She continues singing through performances as Grevillea Ensemble in partnership with David Miller. Together they have recorded over ten CD’s of Australian Art Song.

Wendy created Opera Boot Camp Australia, a programme for 15-25 year old potential opera singers. Sydney Art Song Society is another program of which Wendy is Artistic Director, designed for mature age singers to continue their exploration of the Art Song repertoire of various styles and countries.

Wendy is a firmly committed educationalist, gaining her Master of Music (Mus.Ed.) USyd 2007 with her thesis investigating vocal repertoire for HSC and mid-adolescent performers. She has also co-written three books on Australian Art Songs. Her doctoral studies are exploring the relationship between composers and performers in the creation of contemporary art song.


David Miller is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists.

He has performed with several notable chamber ensembles, including the legendary contemporary music ensemble Flederman, the Huntington Trio and the Canberra Wind Soloists, and was for many years the rehearsal pianist for the Sydney Philharmonia Choir. He records for Tall Poppies, Vox Australis, ABC Classics and Wirripang, with an emphasis on the promotion of Australian music both old and new. Mr Miller was on the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for more than 40 years.

Since his retirement from a full-time teaching position at the Conservatorium, Mr Miller has continued to perform and record with a wide range of professional colleagues, particularly in his two ensembles, Grevillea and Charisma. In addition he has established a private studio where he coaches young singers and instrumentalists in the art of performing in ensemble and trains pianists in the development of the special skills required of a professional collaborative pianist He will also be continuing a busy schedule of masterclasses, lectures, conferences and interviews. The Accompanists’ Guild of NSW, which he founded, has created an annual David Miller Award to honour the outstanding achievements and services he has given to young Australian musicians and the specialised discipline of piano accompaniment.


James Kortum is Lecturer in Flute at the Sydney Conservatorium. In 1977 James was offered the position of Principal Flute with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and has subsequently been Principal Flute with the Opera Australia Orchestra and Second Flute with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has also been guest flutist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra, Hunter Sinfonia and Pacific Opera Orchestra. Prior to his current position, James was Lecturer in Flute at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Active as a clinician throughout Australia, James also appeared as guest artist at flute conventions and festivals held in Sydney, Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Canberra, Christchurch and Hamilton, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the United States, England and Russia. He is also Co-Director of The Complete Flute with flutist Andrew Macleod, Principal Piccolo of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, offering courses for performers and teachers in Macedon, Victoria.

 

 

 

15 July

Julie Barber (Soprano) [Germany]

Lewis Barber (tenor) [Germany]

Joanna Li (pianoforte)

 



 

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
 

Julie and Lewis

Er und Sie Op. 87 no.2 (duet)

Lewis

Dichterliebe
(1-7)

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai
Aus meinen Tränen sprießen 
Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne
Wenn ich in deine Augen seh
Ich will meine Seele tauchen
Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
Ich grolle nicht

 

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Julie

Ave Maria (Ellens Gesang 3) 
Alinde
Die Männer sind mechant
Ständchen

Lied der Mignon


Julie and Lewis

Mignon und der Harfner (duet)
Licht und Liebe (duet)


 

Julie JongEun Barber is a Korean-Australian Soprano situated in Rostock, Germany. She studied her Bachelor of Music performance degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Yalouris, graduating in 2017. Julie has had many great opportunities to be selected in the Masterclasses by world renowned singers including Barbara Bonney, Anne Schwanewilms, Ulrike Sonntag and Martin Hill.

Julie started her solo career in 2014. She has performed extensively in Australia, South Korea, Germany and Italy with repertoire spanning from Bach to Puccini. Whilst in Australia, she performed regularly as a soloist for the Phoenix Choir, the Sydney Schubert Society and Rockdale Opera company to name a few.

Since moving to Germany in 2020 Julie has participated in several Masterclasses and given many concerts. In 2022 Julie will be recording a project of many Australian songs with pianist Dr. Jeanell Carrigan AM.



Lewis Barber
(tenor) completed his Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2016.

Whilst in Australia, Lewis performed regularly. In 2017 he performed in concerts and operas in Prague and Salzburg with the Prague Summer Nights music festival. In 2017 he also featured in the Rockdale Opera’s Gala Concert and as a soloist for the Sydney Schubert Society. In 2018 and 2019, Lewis has appeared in numerous other concerts, including as ‘Simon’ in Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons, and as a principal in Rockdale Opera company 2019 Cabaret.

In 2020 Lewis moved to Germany to begin his Masters of Music (Opera) at the Hochschule for Music and Theatre Rostock under the tutelage of Olaf Haye. During this time Lewis transitioned from baritone to tenor and appeared in several productions including Donner in Das Rheingold, Roger Fleuriot in Meine Schwester und ich, as well as various concerts and solo appearances.



Joanna Li is an Australian pianist who was originally from Beijing, China. She finished her Diploma of Music (Performance) at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2020. In the same year, she was the recipient of the Kathleen and Allison Short Scholarship from University of Sydney. After graduation, she decided to continue her music journey specializing in collaborative piano under the tutelage of Dr Jeanell Carrigan AM.

Joanna began her musical journey at the age of 4 with her grandmother who was an opera singer. During her studies in China, she joined a number of nation-wide piano competitions including CCTV piano competition. After migrated to Australia in 2008, she started learning Suzuki method. In July 2016, Joanna visited Matsumoto, Japan for the celebration of the Suzuki methods 70th anniversary of establishment.

In 2020, she was lucky enough to perform in a masterclass with British classical pianist Graham Johnson OBE. In June 2021, Joanna performed in a masterclass with Australian pianist Amir Farid at Musica Viva Sydney. Also, she has been involved in several productions made by Concordia Ensemble, a Sydney based opera company which includes Il Segreto di Susanna, Tancredi e Clorinda and Semele. The most recent highlight was a performance at Consulat Général de France à Sydney and the Museum of Contemporary Art in June this year.

 

 

 

22 July

Harriet Channon (trumpet)

Sumiko Yamamura (pianoforte)

 

 

 

Legende - George Enescu (1881 - 1955) (trumpet and piano) 

Kigan - Christopher Perrin (solo trumpet) 

Träumerei - Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) (flugel horn and piano 

The Sky is Brass Movement 3 - Alan Holley (1954 - ) (solo trumpet) 

For Andrea - Eriona Rushiti (trumpet and piano) 

Birdwing - Alan Holley (1954 - ) (solo trumpet) 

Rondo for Lifey - Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990) (trumpet and piano)

 

Dr Harriet Channon holds a BMus (Hons) and DMA from the Sydney Conservatorium. Her research focused on the analysis and performance of unaccompanied trumpet works composed by Australians. Since receiving her Doctorate she has worked as a soloist and freelance musician and performs with community based music ensembles such as the Warringah Concert Brass Band. During her doctoral studies Harriet gained attention with performances of new Australian solo trumpet compositions at the Creative Space Gallery, Sydney, and premiering four Australian solos at Montsalvat for the Melbourne Composers’ League. Recent solo concerts include the world premiere performance of Alan Holley's new work The Sky is Brass for unaccompanied trumpet, as well as regular recitals including St Stephen’s Sydney.


Sumiko Yamamura is a freelance accompanist born in Japan. She completed 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
Bassoon 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 was one of pianists performed in premiere of Christopher Gordon’s Quintet for Bass Trombone in International Brass festival in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

29 July

Hamish Wagstaff (organ)

 



Fantasia and Fugue in G minor (BWV 542) - J.S. Bach (1685 - 1750)

Popular Song - William Walton (1902 -1983)

Toccata, Chorale and Fugue - Francis Jackson (1917 - 2022)


Hamish Wagstaff is the Assistant Organist at St Mary's Cathedral, where he assists in the accompaniment and direction of the Cathedral Choir in their daily schedule of Mass and Vespers. He commenced his organ studies in 2012 with Robert Wagner, and recently graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with First Class Honours, where he studied under Philip Swanton. Alongside his studies, Hamish was Assistant Organist at Christ Church St Laurence. Hamish will relocate to London in August of this year to commence postgraduate studies on scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor David Titterington.

 




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