A Gypsy Rondo and a Ragtime Opera

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) may have been a celebrated composer in Europe during his lifetime, but he did not always enjoy a privileged life. From 1740-1749 Haydn was a choir boy at the St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, until a foolish prank resulted in him being dismissed from his employment and home. By this time, Haydn’s voice was maturing and he could no longer sing the high choral parts. But when Haydn foolishly snipped off the pigtail from one of his fellow choristers, he was severely punished and thrown out onto the streets. Fortunately, a friend took him in to stay and thereafter Haydn pursued his freelance career.

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Rebecca Schroeter

Haydn was most known for his developments to Classical form and chamber music compositions such as the Piano Trio. The Piano Trio No 39, in G major (1795) was written during an auspicious time for Haydn, when we experienced great success with two tours to London – the last two London Symphonies (No. 103 and 104) were also written during this time. Piano Trio No 39 was nicknamed the Gypsy trio, as the third movement was written in an Hungarian style. The work was one of a set of three trios, dedicated to Rebecca Schroeter, an amateur musician and widow, whom Haydn met in London. It has been reported, the pair had a romance during Haydn’s visits.

We are delighted to have, guest string instrumentalists Angela Cassar (violin) and Steve Meyer (cello) join Claire Howard Race (piano) for this performance.

African-American composer Scott Joplin (1868-1917), was known as the father of Ragtime composition with its characteristic off-the-beat rhythm, based on African-American gospel and folk tunes.  Joplin wrote 44 rag pieces for piano as well as one Ragtime ballet and two operas. The second opera, Treemonisha was written during 1911-1915 while Joplin lived and worked in New York. Unfortunately, the opera failed to secure financial banking and with failing health, Joplin did not live to see a full production of this opera.

During the 1970s Ragtime revival, Gunther Schiller arranged and directed a full professional production by the Houston Grand Opera in 1975. One can hear the once-popular ragged rhythm and jubilant choral singing in Schuller’s production recorded in 1975 [DG recording].

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Carmen Balthrop in the full stage production of Treemonisha at Houston Grand Opera

In this program, Alex Fontaine (oboe) and Michael Wray (French horn) join Ian Sykes (clarinet), Melissa Coleman (flute) and Alison Evans (bassoon) to perform Five Scenes from Treemonisha for wind quintet (arr. Graham Bastable).

Read the Q and A with Melissa Coleman on the Where the Heart Is program at ClassikON.com

Where the Heart Is – Saturday 21st October, 6:00 pm at Christ Church Lavender Bay, 10-12 Walker St, Lavender Bay. Tickets available through ClassikON.com or at the door.  

Funds raised will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Australia to assist their work to build safer homes and stronger communities throughout the Asia Pacific region.

 

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From Prague to Paris…and all that jazz

Sirius Chamber Ensemble have an ongoing affection for the music of Bohuslav Martinů, having performed his La Revue de Cuisine on a number of occasions. So we are delighted to program his Quartet for clarinet, French horn, violoncello and snare drum (1924) for our next concert, Where the heart Is. And we are excited to invite our very first percussionist to the ensemble, notwithstanding the occasional triangle part! Joshua Hill, Sydney percussionist, is a member of Australia’s premier percussion ensemble SYNERGY Percussion and has performed with many of Australia’s leading orchestras and ensembles including the Sydney Symphony, Opera Australia Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Canberra Symphony and Ensemble Offspring.

In 1923, Bohuslav Martinů moved from Prague to Paris, where he stayed until 1940. Under the tutelage of Albert Roussell, Martinů began to find his compositional style. The 1920s in Paris was a melting pot of new trends, and elements of jazz, neoclassicism and surrealism can be found in the compositions by Martinů during this time. Martinů was also inspired by the music of Igor Stravinsky, particularly the ballets which were a reflection of the modernism movement of the day.

The Quartet for clarinet, French horn, violoncello and snare drum was a significant composition from the early years Martinů spent in Paris. Although written for an unusual combination of instruments, there are similarities between this composition and L’Histoire du Soldat by Stravinsky, which was premiered in 1918.

According to an analysis by Robert G. Patterson, the connections between this Quartet and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire are the inclusion of the snare drum in prominent positions, the use of overlapping polyrhythms and nationalist themes. Martinů employs thematic use of the medieval Czech hymn Svatý Václave (Saint Wenceslas Chorale) in the first and third movements.

You can hear Joshua Hill on snare drum, along with Ian Sykes (clarinet), Michael Wray (French horn) and Steve Meyer (violoncello) at a free lunchtime concert at St Stephens Uniting Church on Friday 13th October, 1:10 pm and at Christ Church Lavender Bay on Saturday 21st October, 6:00 pm. Funds raised at the Where the Heart Is concert will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Australia to assist their work to build safer homes and stronger communities throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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October 7, 2017 · 11:18 am

Where the Heart is

What does Gustav Mahler, Joseph Haydn, Bohuslav Martinů and Scott Joplin have in common? Well Mahler, Haydn and Martinů may have shared similar roots from Bohemia or the Austrian empire, and all four composers achieved fame in their lifetime. But seldom is homelessness associated with the life of these musicians.

On Saturday 21 October, Sirius Chamber Ensemble presents a collaborative fundraiser for the not-for-profit organisation Habitat for Humanity Australia. The concert program will focus on the plight of the homeless in our society, featuring works by these four composers who were known to have been homeless or displaced during their lifetime. Funds raised through ticket sales and collection on the night will empower families to build safer homes and stronger communities throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Jheronimus Bosch – The Pedlar (circa 1500). Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was famously quoted saying, “I am thrice homeless, as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and as a Jew throughout the world. Everywhere an intruder, never welcomed.” Soprano Taryn Srhoj returns to Sirius, to perform a selection from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) by Gustav Mahler. Composed between (1884-85), the song cycle of four songs depicts the Wayfarer’s grief over the heartfelt loss of a loved one to another. The text was written by the composer himself, and may have been influenced by the German folk poems, Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The title of cycle translates to Songs of a Travelling Journeyman. Traditionally a journeyman was an apprentice of a trade or craft, who would travel from town to town to work with different masters. This bears an autobiographical resemblance to Mahler himself, who at the time travelled to many towns as a young conductor and composer to hone his skills from others in the field.

Sirius Chamber Ensemble will also be joined by Angela Cassar (violin), Steve Meyer (cello), Alex Fontaine (oboe), Michael Wray (French horn), and Josh Hill (percussion). A selection of this concert program will also be performed at a free lunchtime concert at St Stephen’s Uniting Church.

Friday 13th October, 1.10pm – 1.50pm

St Stephen’s Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Program:

  • Bohuslav Martinů (1890 – 1959) – Quartet for clarinet, French horn, violoncello and snare drum
  • Krzysztof Penderecki (1933 – ) – Prelude for solo clarinet
  • Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) – Piano Trio, Op. 39 in G major (“Gypsy”)

Performers: Ian Sykes (clarinet), Michael Wray (french horn), Steve Meyer (cello), Josh Hill (percussion), Angela Cassar (violin), Claire Howard Race (piano).

 

Saturday 21st October, 6.00pm – 8.oopm

Christ Church Lavender Bay, 10-12 Walker Street, Lavender Bay

Program:

  • Joseph Haydn – Piano Trio, Op. 39 in G major (“Gypsy”)
  • Gustav Mahler – Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • Scott Joplin – Selections from “Treemonisha” for wind quintet
  • Bohuslav Martinů – Quartet for clarinet, French horn, violoncello and snare drum

Performers: Melissa Coleman (flute), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Alison Evans (bassoon), Claire Howard Race (piano).

Guest Artists: Taryn Srhoj (soprano), Angela Cassar (violin), Steve Meyer (cello), Alex Fontaine (oboe), Michael Wray (French horn), Josh Hill (percussion).

Tickets: $30 Adults, $20 concession, $10 children. Tickets available at www.classikon.com or at the door.

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Hammerings Records presents recital at Watters Gallery

Sirius musicians Melissa Coleman (flute) and Ian Sykes (clarinet) will be performing works by Alan Holley, Villa-Lobos, Vjekoslav Njezik and Penderecki at Watters Gallery on Saturday, 16th September.

Come hear this recital and see the exhibition by New Zealand-born Euan Macleod, previous Archibald prize winner for portraiture (1999) and recognised for his landscape paintings of New Zealand and Australia.

For more details visit hammeringsrecords.com

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Blush Opera at Bondi Feast

We are delighted that our friends from Blush Opera asked us to join in two special performances of Fancy Me Dead by Sydney composer Paul Smith at the Bondi Feast festival. For this festival of theatre, comedy, music and food, Paul Smith has expanded his original cabaret opera for two voices and a five-piece ensemble. Come and witness two thrilling voices as they hurl accusations at each other in an operatic murder mystery laced with intrigue, poison, fabric swatches, sandwiches and a very dubious pot of tea.

Blush Opera first premiered the newly written cabaret opera, Fancy Me Dead, at the Festival of Voices in Hobart and the show now returns to Sydney after a sell-out performance at the Hayes Theatre as part of the New Music Network Mini Series in 2015. The show stretches the traditional definitions of opera, being performed in a cabaret style, and simultaneously reinvigorates the medium by mixing absurd humour with operatic arias. Traversing gender, power and money, Fancy Me Dead reinforces the potential for opera to comment on and explore contemporary facets of society.

Soloists Taryn Srhoj and Jermaine Chau
Blush Music Director Luke Spicer 
Instrumentalists Melissa Coleman (flute), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Alison Evans (bassoon), Georgina Price (viola) and Steve Meyer (cello).

Dates: Thursday 20th – Friday 21st July
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Big Theatre
Price: $20
For Tickets see here

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Spike Mason and Flying

Last weekend, members of Sirius Chamber Ensemble along with other guest musicians met with jazz saxophonist and composer  Spike Mason to record his compositions for his CD titled Flying. The initial idea for the project started at least two years ago, when Spike first proposed writing a piece for us which could combine the freedom that jazz improvisation offers and the timbres inherent in a conventional classical ensemble. Although originally from Sydney, Spike is now based in Tasmania. Late last year, Spike was awarded a Tasmanian Government Productions Grant to fund this project. From which, the output will be a large scale original composition recorded by Spike Mason and the Sirius Chamber Ensemble (a 9-piece professional classical and new music ensemble from Sydney).

Flying combines the broad sound palette of a classical ensemble with the spontaneously created melodic phrases of an improvising jazz musician to create an original work of contrasting sections of both pre-composed and free music. The 9 movements of the piece are influenced by the poem “Flying”, written by the Tasmanian writer Di Adams, and follows the journey of an individual who discovers they can fly.

Well known in the Sydney Jazz scene, Spike has written for and arranged many works for big bands and other large ensembles. However, performances of his music are usually improvised by the individual players. This is the first time that Spike has had to write out the music for each instrument in the ensemble.

Of his compositional style Spike said, “The piece is stretching my compositional practice in a number of interesting ways. There is a freedom that comes with composing for instruments that I am not completely familiar with, and the fusion of styles has eliminated preconceived boundaries and opened up the harmonic possibilities that I can draw from. I have been learning about and utilizing the unique characteristics of new instruments and adding them to my compositional palate. I have also been developing ways of creating pulse and forward motion in the music without drums or percussion, relying instead on creating multilayered pulses and ostinatos that build rhythmic structure throughout the ensemble”.

Spike travels to teach in Sydney for two days of the week. Which has given him the practical advantage of spending at least 90 minutes per week with uninterrupted composition time. Although the work has been written largely away from any instruments, Spike has enjoyed the compositional process of audition – that is – notating the music he hears in my mind. Spike admits, “I love the fact that I’m working on a piece entitled “FLYING”, and I’m composing it while flying at 30,000 feet”.

We are honoured to work with Spike treading areas outside our comfort zone, and acknowledge an amalgamation of creativity which comes from the diverse skills we each bring to a large ensemble. More information to come about the launch and release of the CD later in the year.

Flying composed by Spike Mason and performed by Spike Mason (saxophone), Melissa Coleman (flute), Alex Fontaine (oboe), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Dr Alison Evans (bassoon), Gareth Lewis (trombone), Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Luke Spicer (viola), Steve Meyer (cello) and Claire Howard Race (piano). Sound Engineer: Ross A’hern.

In our next post, we will have more information about our upcoming collaboration with Blush Opera for two performances of Fancy Me Dead by Sydney composer and academic Dr Paul Smith, at the Bondi Feast Festival (18-29 July). More information and tickets found here.

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Alan Holley talks about his music

Last week ClassikOn featured a small interview with Alan Holley, talking about his inspirations for composition and rehearsing with Sirius Chamber Ensemble in preparation for this Friday evening’s recital. Read the full interview here.

The program includes two new works by Alan. Cicada Sings for clarinet, violin, cello and piano is a rework of Opal Wings for baroque trio written in 2007, rewritten especially for the Sirius Chamber Ensemble. Also featured is the premiere performance of Two Tredinnick Songs for soprano, clarinet, violin, cello and piano – a setting of two poems by Mark Tredinnick. Known also for his writing workshops and books; The Little Green Grammar Book and The Little Red Writing Book (UNSW Press), Mark has won the Montreal Poetry Prize (2011) and the Cardiff Poetry Prize (2012).

When asked why he chose Mark’s poetry as the basis for his composition, Alan wrote,

“To me, his words seem to sing themselves off the page and I knew I wanted to set his poetry to my music. There is the lyricism of place and time in his words and maybe that is what attracts me. It is a sound of ‘now’ and at times a cry from ‘now’. Mark’s words meld with my music but importantly for me I want the text to emerge from the music as unscathed as possible – the identity of the words and the music as intact as I can make it.”

We are always delighted to have Taryn Srhoj join us. She will also be singing three songs from the folk song collection, Chants d’Auvergne by Joseph Canteloube. Written in Auvergnat, a dialect of the Occitan language, which is considered one of the earliest Romantic languages, the songs describe some of the realities of life, from lost love to loneliness and even a romp in the fields!

 

Twilight Recital

Friday 23rd June 2017, 6pm

Christ Church Lavender Bay

Program:

  • Alan Holley – Cicada Sings for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2017)
  • Joseph Canteloube – Chants d’Auvergne for soprano and piano (1923-1930)
    • Pastourelle
    • L’aio de Rotso
    • La Delaissado
  • Alan Holley – ZOASTRA for solo clarinet (1991)
  • Frano Parac – Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1991)
  • Alan Holley – Two Treddinick Songs for soprano, clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2017) *Premiere performance
    • The Kingfisher
    • House of Thieves

Performers: Taryn Srhoj (soprano), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Clare Kahn (cello), Claire Howard Race (piano)

Tickets: $25 Adults, $15 concession & children.

Tickets available at www.classikon.com or at the door.

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Trio performs Suite Modale

Sirius have been busy of late rehearsing for several concerts this month. A few weeks ago the Trio recorded the first movement of Suite Modale by Tony Wheeler. Thanks to our friend and colleague Garran Hutchison-Menzer for inviting us to record at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. We have a little taster video to share, and the Trio will be performing all three movements at Lane Cove Music later this month.  The Sarabande and Trio movement is based on the Classical minuet and trio form, however in this case the minuet is replaced by the sarabande dance. While all movements of the Suite are based on traditional forms, the harmonic material is inspired by the use of modes. Each movement exploits the ability of each three wind instruments, but the first movement in particular, prominently displays the lyrical quality of the bassoon. Music by Tony Wheeler is published by Wirripang.

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Suite Modale in Three Movements will be performed, along with a selection of music for wind trio and piano, at the Lane Cove Music concert on Tuesday 20th June.

Program:

  • J.S Bach Flute Sonata in Eb major, BWV 1031
  • Robert Schumann Fantasy Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 73
  • W.A Mozart Divertimento K 439 for flute, clarinet and bassoon
  • Astor Piazzolla Oblivion for flute, bassoon and piano
  • Tony Wheeler Suite Modale in three movements for flute, clarinet and bassoon
  • Mikhail Glinka Trio Pathetique for clarinet, bassoon and piano
  • Elaine Fine Bahar Bagai from Five Postcards for flute, clarinet, bassoon and piano

When: Tuesday 20th June; 8:00-10:00 pm.
Where: Lane Cove-Mowbray Anglican Church, 19 Rosenthal Ave., Lane Cove.
Performers: Ian Sykes (clarinet), Melissa Coleman (flute), Alison Evans (bassoon) and Benjamin Burton (piano).
Tickets: $25 at the door

 

Friday Lunchtime Concert

Can’t make the concert mid-week, but find yourself strolling through the CBD at lunchtime on Friday 23rd June, then come along to St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Friday Lunchtime Music Series to hear a short recital of J.S Bach, Alan Holley, Robert Schumann and Andrew Batterham.

Program:

  • J.S Bach Flute Sonata in Eb major, BWV 1031
  • Robert Schumann Fantasy Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 73
  • Alan Holley Zoastra for solo clarinet
  • Andrew Batterham Eden for solo flute and speaker

When: Friday 23rd June; 1:10-1:50pm.
Where: St Stephen’s Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie St., Sydney.
Performers: Ian Sykes (clarinet), Melissa Coleman (flute) and Benjamin Burton (piano). Admission is free.

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Twilight Recital: New Music by Alan Holley

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Sirius Chamber Ensemble will premiere two new works by beloved Australian composer Alan Holley – Cicada Songs for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, and a new song cycle set to text by celebrated Australian poet Mark Tredinnick. Also on the program is the Australian premiere of Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Croatian composer Frano Parac, Chants d’Auvergne by Joseph Canteloube, and Alan Holley’s Zoastra for solo clarinet.

The Australia Council has supported Alan Holley’s music through composer fellowships and numerous commissions. Regularly performed and broadcasted in Australia since the mid-1970s, over the past thirty years his music has become increasingly well known in America and Europe. His compositions include the opera Dorothea (1988), five song cycles, and numerous works for small ensembles and solo instruments. Larger-scale compositions include Chamber Symphony (2003) and The Winged Viola (2004) for solo viola and ensemble. The trumpet concerto Doppler’s Web (2005) written for soloist Paul Goodchild, A Line of Stars (2007) and A Shaft of Light (2015) for oboe and orchestra with Shefali Pryor as soloist were all commissioned and performed in the Concert Hall of the Opera House by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Loaded with Dream (2011) was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony for performance by the Fellows. In 2012 the Seraphim Trio toured his piano trio ‘the estuaries of time’. CDs of chamber and vocal music include Ophelia and Masquerade on the MBS label and Solos and Hammerings on the Hammerings Records label. Four of his trumpet works appear on the Paul Goodchild CD, Mixed Dozen on the 1M1 label. Kookaburra Music now publishes compositions by Alan Holley.

Mark Tredinnick, winner of the Montreal Poetry Prize (2011) and the Cardiff Poetry Prize (2012), is the author of The Blue PlateauFire Diary, and nine other acclaimed works of poetry and prose. He lives in the highlands southwest of Sydney, Australia. According to Judith Beveridge, Mark Tredinnick is “one of our great poets of place—not just of geographic place, but of the spiritual and moral landscapes as well”.

Frano Parac is a professor in the Department of Composition and Music Theory at the Zagreb Academy of Music. His music has won many awards, and does not hesitate to use legible symmetric forms, clear harmonies, short and simple diatonic sequences, thus bringing his music to an interesting point which is both new and familiar. His works include the opera Judita (2000), the ballet Carmina Krleziana (1985), Music for Strings (1982), Sarabande for symphony orchestra (1982) and String Quartet (1996). Parac’s Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano was composed in 1991, at the beginning of the Croatian war of independence, and was inspired by the composition Quartet for the End of Time (1941) by French composer Olivier Messiaen.

French composer and musicologist Joseph Cantaloube (1879-1957) is best known for his collection of folk songs, Chants d’Auvergne, orchestrated for soprano and orchestra or piano (1923-30). Whilst he was remembered for collecting and arranging folk songs, other works by Cantaloube have largely been forgotten such as his operas Le Mas and Vercingétorix, which were performed at the Paris Opera in 1929 and 1933. The Songs of Auvergne evoke images of Cantaloube’s native landscape situated in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southern France. The popularity of these songs have influenced other contemporary composers, including William Walton who incorporated melodic fragments in his film score for Laurence Olivier’s Henry V.

When: Friday 23rd June 2017, 6pm

Where: Christ Church Lavender Bay, Corner of Walker and Lavender Streets

Performers: Taryn Srhoj (soprano), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Clare Kahn (cello), Claire Howard Race (piano).

Tickets: $25 Adults, $15 concession & children.

Tickets available at www.classikon.com or at the door.

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Our Storytellers

In previous posts we have discussed the pieces on our Musical Tales program based on music with spoken narrative. In today’s post, we introduce our Storytellers for the show.

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Actor Nigel Turner-Carroll will be performing in the Music for Gracious Living by American composer David Lang. Nigel, a graduate from NIDA, continues to work closely with mentor Annie Swann. He was nominated in the 2012 and 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards for The Greening of Grace and The Motherfu#$er With the Hat and a recipient of Glug Award for Performer On The Way 2013. Other plays Nigel has appeared in include Skylight, Step, The Birthday Boys, Thank you For Being a Friend. 

Also an award-winning director, Nigel’s credits include; The Tap Pack which has most recently toured to Edinburgh Fringe festival 2016 winning The Spirit of the Fringe Award; Matthew Mithcam’s Twists and Turns which received accolades in it’s first season in the Spiegel Tent at Perth Fringe World 2014; as well as Matthew Mitcham’s second show Under the Covers premiering earlier this year. Nigel has also directed and produced Damn Good Divas Australian Tour, which won a Mo Award for Best Production Show and nominated for Best Tribute Show at the ACE Awards.

Other highlights in Nigel’s career include being artistic director of the Champions Small Business Awards (2013), directing Irish stage show Eireborne (2017), Back to Bacharach (2015), staging pre show and half time entertainment segments at the NRL Grand Final (2014) and World Cup Cricket pre game (2015) and working alongside composer Joe Accaria, in building the all female drum sensation DrummerQueens.

Taryn SrhojSoprano Taryn Srhoj will be performing two works on the program, Matilda by Joseph Giovinazzo and Abschied von der Erde by Franz Schubert. Taryn studied at The University of Auckland School of Music, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Voice in 2008. Her other musicianship skills include attaining AmusA in piano and being accepted into the piano programme at the Aspen Music Festival and Summer school, USA. Currently based in Sydney, Taryn has recently performed as a soloist in the Willoughby Symphony Grand Opera Gala and was a recipient of the Q Lab Artists in Residence Programme at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. In 2015 Taryn performed the role of Musetta in La Boheme with the Western Sydney Opera Company, Michaela in Carmen with Symphony Central Coast, Marie Antoinette for Blush Opera’s production Ladies Who Brunch in the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the role of Cora in the world premiere and subsequent tour of Fancy Me Dead by Australian composer Dr Paul Smith. Taryn has often performed with Sirius Chamber Ensemble, most notably the Alan Holley song cycle Borneo Songs and Berg’s Sieben Fruhe Lieder .

Taryn was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera in both 2011 and 2012 during which she performed the role of Bettina in The Deluded Bridegroom and also Second Spirit in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. As a Pacific Opera Young Artist she also performed as a soloist in the Pacific Opera Gala, Opera By The Lake, Opera Unlaced and covered all three roles in the premiere of new Australian work Golden Summers by James Long.

Taryn has had the privilege of premiering many new works. A highlight was performing and recording a new Soprano song cycle by Dr Paul Smith and singing in Art/Opera collaboration Project Rise; Singing The Virtual (Dr Andrew Burrell/Dr Paul Smith).

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Sydney-based composer, Dr Paul Smith will be reciting Nordic Sagas to accompany his composition The Death of Baldr written for Sirius in 2014. Paul is a lecturer in music at the University of New England. He specialises in chamber music and opera. In 2016, his second chamber opera, The Spider and the Runaway Plum Blossom, was premiered in Singapore by the group Chamber Sounds. In late 2016, he composed an original piano score and performed as part of a newly devised theatre work based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein produced by the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. His keyboard works have been recorded and released by Italian pianist Antonietta Loffredo and she will premiere his keyboard duo, Holding Masks, in Como, Italy next month. During 2017, Paul has received three grants to workshop a new opera called Chop Chef, written in collaboration with writer, Julie Koh, which satirises reality tv food competitions. He holds a doctorate from Western Sydney University and is co-artistic director of Sydney-based Blush Opera.

Musical Tales

Instrumentalists:  Vanessa Tammetta and Heloise Meisel (violins), Ella Brinch (viola), Steve Meyer (cello), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Melissa Coleman (flute), Dr Alison Evans (bassoon), Hannah Murray (french horn) and Claire Howard Race (piano).

When: Saturday 22 April 2017, 6:00pm.

Where: Christ Church Lavender Bay, Corner of Walker and Lavender Streets, Lavender Bay. For tickets and more information please visit ClassikOn.

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