Alexandra Oke, Thomas Williams

ALEXANDRA OKE
Soprano
THOMAS WILLIAMS
Pianoforte

Sunday, 5th September, 2010 2 pm
ST. PETER’S PARISH HALL
Gisborne St, East Melbourne

Meet the Artists

Alexandra Oke began singing at school, and has sung as a chorister with RMPS, MUCS, and MonUCS (Australia) and the London and Royal Choral Societies and the Horniman Singers (UK).

Alexandra has performed solos with MonUCS, RMIT Occasional Choral Society, the Diamond Valley Singers, and has sung in chorus for MCO and chorus and semi-chorus for the Puccini Festival Australia, as well as performing chorus and roles with the Savoy Opera Company.

In competition she has won the Diamond Valley Aria, the Albury Eisteddfod Vocal Championship, the Warrnambool Aria, the Mordialloc Eisteddfod Aria and Lieder; she won the operetta section and was placed second in the Ringwood Aria; and she was a finalist in the 2009 National Liederfest and 2009 Ringwood Aria; and third in the 2009 Robert Salzer Vocal Championship.

In 2010 she will undertake her Licentiate exam. She will also perform recitals with Thomas Williams for the Music Lovers Society and the Lyrebird Music Society. Alexandra studies with Julia Nafisi.

Thomas Williams recently graduated from the Bachelor of Music (specialising in Performance) at the University of Melbourne. Since taking up Piano at the age of 8, he has been awarded music scholarships to The Southport School (on Piano and Trombone), international study opportunities, his LMusA, and work experience with Opera Australia in 2004, as well as a scholarship to study with Claire Cooper.

Since moving to Melbourne in 2006 he has been involved in performances in a broad variety of genres, from cabaret work in various Melbourne festivals to performing piano concertos with the Zelman Symphony and Melbourne University Conductor’s orchestra.
Thomas is employed regularly as soloist for both classical and jazz concerts, as an associate artist, and as a teacher and Musical Director around Melbourne. He is currently focussing on work with soloists and small ensembles in all genres of chamber music, as well as on his own piano soloist career.

Program

The Glitt’ring Sun from the cantata The Morning
Thomas Arne (1710-1778)
Rejoice Greatly o Daughter ofZion – from Messiah George F. Handel (less -1759)

Nixe Binsefuss from the Morike Lieder – Hugo Wolf (i860 -1903)
Allerseelen – Richard Strauss (1864 -1949)

PIANO – i) No. 2 from Drei Fantasiestiike Op. Ill
Robert Schumann (isio-1856)
ii) Sonata No. 1 Op. 22 – 1st mvt (Allegro marcato)
Alberto Ginastera (1916 -1983)
Er ist’s from the Morike Lieder – Hugo Wolf (i860 -1903)
Von ewigerLiebe – Johannes Brahms (1833 -1897)
C’estL’Extasefrom Ariettes Oubliees – Claude Debussy (1862 -1918)
The Ships ofArcady – from Over the Rim of the Moon – Michael Head (1913 – 1976)

Interval

Cacilie – Richard Strauss (1864 -1949)
L’Invitation au Voyage – Henri Duparc (1848 -1933)
E Susannah non vien Dove Sono from Le Nozze di Figaro W.A. Mozart (1756 -1791) Pace, pace, mio Did – from La Forza del Destino – Giuseppe Verdi (1803 -1901)
PIANO – Forlane from Le Tombeau de Couperin – Maurice Ravel (1875 -1937)
Big Brown Bear – Mana-Zucca (1890 -1981)
O Tell me the Truth about Love from Cabaret Songs – Benjamin Britten Les Chemins de VAmour – Francis Poulenc (1899 -1963)
Meine Lippen, sie kussen so heiss from Giuditta – Franz Lehar (1870 -1948)