Society News: October 2013

Two more wonderful concerts

The Society finishes the year with  two more great concerts. Unfortunately the scheduled artists for the November concert became unavailable but at short notice we have an outstanding replacement concert including the wonderful soprano Greta Bradman.

End of year celebration

As has become the Society’s custom, there will be special refreshments after the December concert. Please join us as we celebrate another successful year

Annual General Meeting

At the AGM on 6 October, the following committee was elected.

President – John Poynter

Vice President – John Perry

Treasurer – John Hulskamp

Secretary – Peter Anderson

Member – Caroline Almonte-Smith

Special thanks were given to retiring committee members Michael Cairns, Neville Turner and Les Whiteley and to Elisabeth White, Pam Hayes, Kerin Mosiere and Sarah Cuming for their untiring work in providing concert day refreshments.

If you would like a copy of the President’s and Treasurer’s reports please contact the Secretary. Copies will be available at the next two concerts.

Member subscriptions

At the AGM all amendments to the Society’s rules were passed. The most immediate issue for members is that from 1 January 2014 annual member subscriptions will increase to:

Ordinary – $100; Concession – $75; Family – $150

Guest entry

The committee has decided that, from the start of next year, membership will no longer include entitlement to a free guest ticket. Instead, each member will be entitled to a discounted ticket price of $10 for one accompanying guest. Members who are unable to use their own tickets may also pass them on. We hope that this will continue to encourage new members.

October 2013 3 November Concert (2pm)

L’invitation au voyage – Greta Bradman (soprano)

Laila Engle (flute)        Blair Harris (cello) Andrea Katz (piano)

Previn: Vocalise for soprano, cello and piano (1995)

Corigliano: Three Irish Folksong Settings

Debussy: L’isle joyeuse

Poulenc: Les chemins de l’amour

Barber: Four Songs op.13

Debussy: Syrinx, (flute solo) L.129

Beaser: The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water Ravel: Chansons madécasses M.78

Greta Bradman (soprano) is one of “Australia’s finest young singers” and an “exceedingly intelligent and perceptive musician” (The Advertiser, 2009). Until late 2009, Greta maintained singing as a passion and a rather successful hobby – juggling it around full-time study towards her PhD (psychology). With the encouragement of many, including her singing teacher Rosalind Martin, in 2009 she decided to embrace singing as her primary career. Greta has recently presented concerts with ensembles including the Australian String Quartet, Adelaide Chamber Players, Adelaide Baroque, Zephyr String Quartet, Syzygy Ensemble, Soundstream New Music Ensemble, Kegelstatt Ensemble and the Langbein String Quartet. She has also appeared as guest soloist for a number of choirs and vocal ensembles. Greta balances her music with being ‘mama’ to her two young sons.

Flautist Laila Engle graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree having studied with Alison Mitchell. In 2009 Laila completed a Master of Music degree at Melbourne University studying under Margaret Crawford and Mardi McScullea,. Laila has been a full time member of the Royal Australian Air force Band since 2005. Outside her service commitments, Laila maintains an active performance schedule as a freelance musician including performances with Syzygy Ensemble, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Astra Chamber Music Society, The Consort of Melbourne, Arko Symphonic Project and 3 Shades Born and bred in New Zealand, Blair Harris began his cello studies under the guidance of Gary Wilby and Dr Rolf Gjelsten. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium and later studied at the Australian National Academy of Music and withBlack. Laila also volunteers as a radio presenter at Alexander Baillie, Janis Laurs, Steven Isserlis and David Strange. Blair has attended the Mozarteum Akademie Salzburg, studying under Tsyoshi Tsutsumi. Since embarking on a professional career Blair has had numerous soloist engagements with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Barrier Reef Orchestra and the Preston Symphony. His solo and chamber music repertoires have been recorded extensively for ABC Classic FM and 3MBS-FM Melbourne. In 2010 Blair was awarded 1st prize at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition, and the John Hopkins Performance Fellowship. Currently a member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Blair is also a member of Syzygy Ensemble.

Argentine born Andrea Katz is a pianist, accompanist and vocal coach of extraordinary versatility, who is equally at home with chamber music, German Lieder and grand opera. Since becoming an Australian resident in 1990, she has worked with Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Sydney Symphony, Sydney, Perth and

Brisbane Festivals, Sydney Music Conservatorium and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She works regularly with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and Auckland Philharmonia. A prolific recital pianist, she performs regularly with prominent Australian and international singers and ensembles, including a yearly season at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She is the founder and director of Songmakers Australia which brings together some of the country’s leading singers and instrumentalists in a diverse repertoire of chamber music.

1   December Concert (2pm)

Ensemble3 – Masahide Kurita (flute) Jamie Hey (cello)

Sonoka Miyake (piano)

Okumura: Early Spring in Japan

Vaughan Williams: Six Studies in English Folk Song.

Rachmaninoff: Vocalise

Haydn: Piano Sonata in F major Hob. XVI : 23.

Poulenc: Sonata for flute and piano

Muramatsu: Earth for flute and piano

Piazzolla: Oblivion

Villa-Lobos: Pequena suíte for cello and piano.

Chopin: Nocturne No.5 in F♯ major Nocturne No.3 in B major

Gaubert: Pièce Romantique

Australian-based flautist, Masahide Kurita, was born in Utsunomiya, Japan. He started his musical education at the age of 5 and won first prize in the Tochigi Prefecture Music competition at the age of 14. In 1992 he won first prize in the prestigious “All Japan Student Music Competition” and went on to study at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He also studied for two years at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has studied under Sir James Galway in Japan, the United States, and Switzerland.

Masahide regularly gives recitals in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, USA and Japan to sell-out audiences in major concert halls and performance venues. He has performed to critical and popular acclaim as soloist with the Tochigi Symphony Orchestra, the Hikarigaoka Chamber Orchestra and the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra.

Masahide is currently working as a casual with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and since 2013  as principal flautist of the MCF Orchestra in Tochigi, Japan.

Jamie Hey studied cello at the University of Queensland, the University of Newcastle, in Japan and the U.S.A. Principal cellist of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra since 2002, and he is also currently cellist of the MCF Orchestra in Tochigi, Japan. Jamie has appeared as principal cellist with Il Complesso Barocco, Sinfonia Australis and Ludivico’s Band as well as with Pinchgut Baroque Opera Company and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

His broadcast solo performances include recitals for the Melbourne Autumn Music Festival, the Pearl Beach Chamber Music Festival and concerto performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. A popular solo recitalist, Jamie is also in great demand as a continuo player and has accompanied many leading exponents of early music including Andreas Scholl and Emma Kirkby.

Sonoka Miyake was born in Chiba, Japan. She completed her Bachelor and Graduate Diploma of Music at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music under the direction of Beryl Sedivka. Sonoka has appeared at many concert venues in Tasmania and in Victoria. Her performances include Mozart’s piano concerto No.11 with the Tasmanian Chamber Players, Beethoven’s piano concerto No.4 with Derwent Symphony Orcheastra and Rachmaninov’s piano concerto No.2 with the Tasmanian Conservatorium Orchestra.

Her performance of Five Preludes by Saburo Takata, a Japanese composer, was recorded by ABC classic FM and broadcast as part of the Young Australia program in 1997. Currently she is teaching piano at St.Michael’s Grammar School and Geelong Grammar School.