Society News: February 2014

This year’s program starts with a Romantic extravaganza performed by one of Australia’s foremost pianists, Stephen McIntyre, who reminisces on his time studying in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. The concert includes Liszt’s masterpiece, the B Minor Sonata.  Our April concert is completely different and features an outstanding up and coming talent, Bridget Davies, who will present a concert of song celebrating autumn. She will be accompanied by art song expert Eidit Golder.

Details of these concerts are outlined  in the newsletter along with rest of the year’s concert calendar which promises to be a feast of wonderful music making. Many thanks to Caroline Almonte and Stephen Snelleman for their hard work.

Our Future – New Members

The future of the Lyrebird Music Society depends on a vibrant membership and ongoing subscriptions. February and March are key months for finding new members. We have an amazing array of artists this year including Stephen McIntyre, Wilma Smith, Stefan Cassamenos, Zoë Black, Joe Chindamo and Simon Wallfisch just to mention a few. All this for $10 or less per concert. It is critical for the future of the society that we get new faces along to our concerts and get them to become  members.

Along with this newsletter you will receive a few concert flyers. Please give them to friends or place them somewhere prominent for fellow music lovers to find. If you need more, please contact the Secretary on 0432 271 593.

Guest Tickets – $10

This year sees a new policy for member’s guests. Each member will be entitled to a discounted ticket price of $10 for ONE accompanying guest. Standard ticket prices of $25 and $15 concession will apply to extra guests. Guest tickets are an important means of introducing new members to the society. Note, members may also give their unused tickets on to guests.

Membership Renewals

If your membership is due, a renewal notice will be included with this newsletter. Please pay promptly.

Payment details are on the renewal notice.

March 9 Concert (note date)
Nadia Boulanger by my side
Stephen McIntyre (piano)


Schubert:        Drei Klavierstücke D.946
Liszt:          Piano Sonata in B minor

Stephen McIntyre is known nationally and internationally as one of Australia’s most eminent pianists and teachers. He has performed as soloist and chamber music player in many countries and was head of the piano department at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1977 until 1992. He has performed as concerto soloist with all major Australian orchestras.

He was Principal Artistic Advisor for Musica Viva during 1995/96, Director of the chamber music program for the Melbourne International Festival from 1989-99 and Artistic Director of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival from 2005 till 2009.

Stephen is Associate Professor at the University of

Melbourne. In 2003, he was the recipient of the Sir Bernard Heinze Award and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AM).

April 6 Concert Autumn Song

Bridget Davies (mezzo soprano)
Eidit Golder (piano)

Melbourne Art Song Collective


Dvořák: Pisně Milostné Op.83
Marx: Am Fenster Die Verlassene
No’s 15 & 16 from Italienisches Liederbuch
Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam
Ein junger Dichter denkt an die Geliebter
Caplet:Trois Fables de Jean de la Fontaine
Barber: Must the Winter come so soon? (from Vanessa)
Bernstein: What a movie! (from Trouble in Tahiti)

Bridget Davies graduated with first class honours from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. While at university, she sang the role of Venus in Venus and Adonis with the Melbourne Conservatorium Baroque ensemble under Will Wroth. She is the recipient of many awards including, The Victorian Music Theatre Guild Award for Best Junior Female in 2005, The Amy Young Award for emerging professional singers and the Ian Field Memorial Award in the finals of the National Liederfest in 2013.

Also during her time at the conservatorium she was awarded the 2012 Athenaeum Award, Acclaim Sleath Lowrey Scholarship and the runner up prize in the Harold Fisher Opera Scholarship. She is also the recipient of a City of Melbourne Ambassadorial Scholarship which will take her to Italy to study with Valeria Esposito. Last year Bridget performed the role of The Servant in More Than Opera’s production of Der Vampyr as part of the Melbourne Ring Festival.

Eidit Golder is a highly respected solo pianist and chamber musician. She received her musical education at the exclusive Talma Yalin School for the Performing Arts in Israel and the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1999, Eidit received first place in the Australian National Piano Award. She has made a number of professional broadcasts and recordings for the ABC and has played at the Melbourne International, Port Fairy, Woodend and Castlemaine Festivals. Eidit completed her Masters at Melbourne University under Professor Stephen McIntyre and is a laureate of the Advanced Performance Program, Australian National Academy of Music. Between 2005 and 2010 she was the pianist with Freshwater Trio, with whom she made numerous festival and concert appearances including performances at the 2010 Vancouver International Music Festival. She was a participant in the 3MBS Beethoven Marathon and the Melbourne Ring Festival.

Eidit is currently Artistic Director of the Melbourne Art Song Collective (MASC) in addition to teaching at Scotch College and Sacre Coeur.

Austral Salon

The Austral Salon is a music society that, like the Lyrebird Music Society, has a long association with music in Melbourne. It supports developing young artists by holding a musicale meeting  twice per month (2nd and 4th Mondays) in the Hughes Room at St Peters Eastern Hill, East Melbourne. Attendees should arrive by 11:45 and are asked to contribute $10, a donation that goes to the artist(s). If you are interested in attending their next concert on 10 February, please contact Norma Paterson on 9568 5849.

2014              Concert Program

March 9* – Stephen McIntyre (piano)

Nadia Boulangerby my side

April 6 – Autumn Song

Bridget Davies (soprano) – Eidit Golder (piano) (Melbourne Art Song Collective)

May 4 – The Magic of Flute and Harp

Wilma and Friends

Marshall McGuire (harp) – Marya Martin (flute)

Wilma Smith (violin) – Christopher Moore (viola) Molly Kadarauch (cello)

June 8* – Plexus – Lyrebird Commission

Monica Curro (violin) – Philip Arkinstall (clarinet) Stefan Cassamenos (piano)

July 13* – Emma Sullivan and Friends

Michael Dahlenberg (cello)

Emma Sullivan (bass) – Leigh Harrold (piano)

August 3 – Zoë and Joe

Zoë Black (violin) – Joe Chindamo (piano)

August 31* TBA October 5 – To Musicke – A Song

Vivien Hamilton (soprano) and Consort Eclectus (violas da gamba)

November 2 – The Singing Cellist

Simon Wallfisch (baritone) – Rhodri Clarke (piano)

December 7 – TBA * NOT  the 1st Sunday of the month

All concerts start at 2pm and are held in
Wyselaskie Auditorium
29 College Crescent

Concert details are correct at the time of printing but may be subject to change.