Dec 2, 1-1.30pm - Classical Guitar Duo
Cameron Sloan and Yunjia Liu
St Paul's Cathedral Lunchtime Concert
Corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
Entry: donation to the Cathedral
Stanley Myers (1930–1993)
Enrique Granados (1867–1916)
12 Danzas Espańolas, Op. 37
No. 2 Oriental
No. 4 Villanesca
Francis Kleynjans (1951– )
Trois Climats pour Deux Guitares
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895–1968)
Yunjia's quotes in this concert:
- "The theme of the concert today is about a 'road trip'. You're going to create your own road trip in your mind, but I will give the indications. The piece we just finished was the 'prelude', which is when you are preparing the trip. And then the trip starts from the night, and when the dawn arrives, the birds starts to dance."
- "The weather starts to change now."
- "The storm comes, and later on it turn into drizzling. The sun comes out finally, and you see the rainbow."
(Picture from http://www.nipic.com)
Phillip Houghton (1954- )
OPHELIA... a haunted sonata
I. FEAR... AND THE ANGEL
II. SUFFERING AND MADNESS.... AM I BUT A DREAM OF A SHADOW
III. CHANT...of the flower-moon
IV. WATER...memories-halls of ghosts-wash away
V. DEATH...with moons in your hair
Ástor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
Milonga del Ángel (arr. Baltazar Benítez)
Joaquin Malats (1872–1912)
John Dowland (1563–1626)
The Frog Galliard, P. 23 (Trans. Selina Copley)
The Earl of Essex Galliard, P. 42 (Trans. Joseph Suryanata)
Fernando Sor (1778–1839)
Grand Sonata Op. 22 － II. Adagio
Agustín Barrios (1885–1944)
Canción de la Hilandera
Vals Op. 8 No. 4
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895–1968)
(with Cameron Sloan)
Caroline Szeto (1956 - ) is a Sydney-based composer. She completed her studies in composition with Eric Gross and Peter Sculthorpe, graduating with BMus Hons, MMus Hons and PhD under the supervision of Anne Boyd, from the University of Sydney, where she has lectured in harmony.
"Dawn Day Dusk" is a three-movement piece composed for koto and guitar. It is commissioned for guitarist Carolyn Kidd and koto player Satsuki Odamura on behalf of the National Federation of Women's Music in 2001. This piece is also the finalist in the 2007 Classical Music Awards.
Andrew York (1958- )
Andrew York is one of today’s best loved composers for classical guitar and a performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating music that is at once vital, multi-leveled and accessible. They have been recorded by guitar luminaries Sharon Isbin, John Williams and Christopher Parkening. Isbin’s CD featuring Andrew’s composition “Andecy” won a GRAMMY in 2010.
Two Cuban Pieces: Berceuse (Canción de Cuna); Zapateo
Leo Brouwer (1939- )
Cuban composer Leo Brouwer has been strongly identified with the guitar throughout his career. While his style often divulged folk influences, especially early in his career, it was generally individual, even though Afro-Cuban elements still seeped into it. Probably inspired by Canción de Cuna (Cradle Song) by Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet and dramatist, this Berceuse has a lullaby-like manner in its gentle, serene theme. (by Robert Cummings) Zapateo, or named as Zapateado, is a tap-dance-like piece from the Two Popular Cuban Airs.
Yunjia Liu's Solo
<Dawn Day Dusk> for Koto and Guitar by Caroline Szeto - Yunjia Liu and Brandon Lee
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<Longing of the Moon> (Ming Yue Qian Li Ji Xiang Si) - Yunjia Liu and Brandon Lee
Brandon Lee's Solo
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Evan Hopkin's Solo
This is a multi-cultural music event, which covers classical guitar and koto repertoire from Asia to Europe, America and Australia. Three musicians - Brandon Lee, Yunjia Liu and Evan Hopkins will perform solo guitar and koto repertoire, as well as one duet piece <Dawn Day Dusk> (for Koto and Guitar) by Caroline Szeto. They are also arranging a traditional Chinese folk song "Longing of the Moon" (Ming Yue Qian Li Ji Xiang Si) for voice, koto and guitar!
As koto performer and teacher, Brandon has recently moved back from Japan. He recently completed his Masters of Music in Monash University and is now actively performing throughout Melbourne.
With a deep love and strong passion in music, Yunjia enjoys every minute being a guitarist. She has finished her Graduate Diploma in Music at University of Melbourne and she keeps studying music afterwards. Yunjia is characterized with her expressive and delicate playing, and she has a broad repertoire varying from classical music to Celtic, Fingerstyle, as well as Chinese and Western folk songs.
Evan Hopkins is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s foremost classical guitarists of the next generation. As an international performer he has played throughout Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Spain and is a regular performer throughout Australia in concert and on live national radio. Evan holds a Master in Music from the University of Alicante, Spain and has performed in masterclasses with David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Zoran Dukic, Ricardo Gállen, Slava Grigoryan, Tim Kain and Lorenzo Micheli.