Friday Music
November 2023

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

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3 November

Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra


Conductor: Dr. Michael Duke

Soloist: Dr. Jay Byrnes

Soprano: Bella Fox
Ryan Piccione
Haris Hajdarpasic

Alto: Nicholas Lafkas
Lauchlan Bissex
Juliet Jones

Tenor: Henry Docker
Sherman Swing
Henry Murray

Baritone: Skye Fyfe
Jacqueline Flett

Bass: Matt Eder



Easy Haka - Jean Denis Michat

Kol Nidrei - Max Bruch (1838 - 1920)
Arr. J. D. Michat
Soloist: Dr. Jay Byrnes Baritone Saxophone

Call for Peace - Jean Denis Michat

Part 1 Bella Fox
Part 2 Ryan Piccione
Part 3 Haris Hajdarpasic
Part 4 Skye Fyfe
Part 5 Sherman Swing
Part 6 Henry Docker

Las Américas - Jean Matitia (b. 1952)
Arr. Hugo Schmitt
I. Samba do Diabo
II. Rumba Triste
III. Happy Blues
IV. Devil’s Rag


The Sydney Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra comprises some of the nation’s top student saxophonists. Auditioned on an annual basis the group draws students across a number of degrees (Bachelor of Music Performance, Bachelor Music Studies, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Jazz Studies, Masters and Doctoral degrees). In addition to performing the existing original repertoire and the classic transcriptions for saxophone orchestra, the group has worked closely with both local and international composers to deepen the canon. The group is active in encouraging the current generation of student composers to explore this medium, workshopping and performing new compositions each semester. Most recently the ensemble has worked with and premiered arrangements of works by leading Australian composers Matthew Orlovich, Natalie Williams, Michael Smetanin and Brenton Broadstock.





10 November

Roman Rudnytsky [USA] (pianoforte)



La Cathedrale engloutie (from "Preludes, Livre Un") - Claude Debussy  (1862-1918)

Krakowiak for piano and orchestra, op. 14 - Fryderyk Chopin  (1810-1849)
(transcription for solo piano by Roman Rudnytsky)

Concerto No.3 in C minor for piano and orchestra, op. 37 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
(transcription for solo piano by Roman Rudnytsky)

i. Allegro con brio
ii. Adagio
iii. Rondo:  Allegro--Presto

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 23rd---goes from October to mid November, ending with 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 (25th) tour in Australia in 2024  (September through November).
Other concerts in 2023 were in the USA, NZ, and on the Queen Mary 2 from Hamburg to New York.
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".



17 November

Nicholas Kennedy (pianoforte)



Chaconne in G major HWV 435 - George Frederick Handel (1685 - 1759)

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato

II. Arietta. Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

Acclaimed for his "stirring, magnetic and powerful" performances (Arts Hub), Sydney-born Nicholas Kennedy is among Australia's most exciting young musicians. Nicholas made his concerto debut in 2014, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Kuring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra. He has subsequently appeared in Germany, the United Kingdom and throughout Australia. Nicholas's competition successes include: Open Instrumental Winner of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition (2023); Winner of the Mary Greville Piano Scholarship (2017); Winner of the Nan Price Piano Award (2017); Runner-Up in the Glass Sellers' Beethoven Prize, London (2019); Finalist in the John Allison Piano Scholarship (2018 and 2019) and Best Prelude and Fugue in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition (2015). Among other solo engagements in 2023 are a recital for the Sydney Schubert Society, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Modést Orchestra. Besides performance, Nicholas is deeply engaged with music research, focussing on piano music of the nineteenth century and the intersection between analysis and praxis. An award-winning article on Chopin's Fantasy Op. 49 has appeared in The Chopin Review, and in October 2023 he was a presenter at the international artistic research symposium, Performers(') Present, in Singapore. 

An alumnus of the Rising Stars program, Nicholas completed his undergraduate studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating with First Class Honours and the University Medal. He also holds a Master of Music with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, where he won the Rose Lawrence Award for academic excellence. Nicholas's principal piano teachers include Joan Havill, Clemens Leske and Gerard Willems, and he has appeared in masterclasses with Richard Goode, Stephen Hough, Bernd Glemser, Robert McDonald and others. Nicholas currently lectures at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is also completing a creative-led PhD on late Beethoven. His debut album, featuring Beethoven's last three piano sonatas, was released on the Orpheus Classical label in 2021 and is available on all major streaming platforms.








24 November

Bailey Yeates (organ)


Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor - Max Reger (1873 - 1916)
Sicilienne (from Suite Op.5) - Maurice Duruflé (1902 - 1986)
"St Anne" Prelude and Fugue in E flat Major BWV 552 - JS Bach (1685 - 1750)
Rhapsody in D flat major, op. 17 no. 1 - Herbert Howells (1892 - 1983)
Moto Ostinato - Petr Eben (1929 - 2007)


Bailey Yeates is a recent graduate from St Patrick's College, Strathfield. He was the Brother McGlade organ scholar for many years, as well as the performing arts captain for 2023.

He is the organist of St Paul's Anglican Church, Burwood, where he accompanies both the choir and congregation on a weekly basis, for Sunday Eucharist's, Evensong and feast days.

Bailey has been an organ student of Mark Quarmby (Director of Music at St Stephen's, Macquarie Street) for the past 6 years and has performed and won prizes in a number of Sydney organ competitions and Young Organists' Days, and has also recently performed with the Sydney Youth Orchestra for various concerts. More recently, he was awarded First place at the 2023 Intermediate section of the Sydney Organ Competition. As well as this, Bailey regularly performs in various recital series around Sydney.

He has participated in organ masterclasses with several high-profile international organists including Anne Marsden Thomas, Thomas Ospital, and Thomas Trotter.

When Bailey is not playing the organ, he enjoys socialising and the outdoors and is a keen sportsman with particular interests in rugby and baseball.



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