Friday lunchtime concerts at St Stephen’s in the city

Flanked by facades of concrete and glass, St Stephen’s Church in Macquarie Street, Sydney presents a lunchtime concert each Friday form 1.10-1.50 pm where you can opt out of the treadmill for a while.

This Friday, saxophonist Andrew Smith is joined by pianist Cyrus Meurant in a programme of  20th century works. Smith opens the programme playing the soprano saxophone – Tre Pezzi  by Giacinto Scelsi (1905 – 1988), followed by Benjamin Britten’s (1913 -1976) Six Metamorphoses after Ovid opus 49. Originally written for the oboe. its 6 movements are named after mythological characters – Pan, Phaeton, Niobe, Bacchus, Narcissus, and Arethusa.

Finally, Cyrus Meurant (b 1982)  joins Smith to perform his own composition Constancies for alto saxophone and piano.

Admission is free, but donations are gratefull accepted.

Plan your Fridays in October:

14th: pianist Samuel Cottell plays Debussy and works by contemporary Australian composers.

21st: ‘Charisma’ trio with David Miller, piano, Julia Ryder, clarinet and Ros Dunlop, cello, perform the music of Blanc, Holmboe and Walker,

28th: Joshua Ryan, Organ Scholar at St Luke’s Concord performs works by Buxtehude, JS Bach, Mendessohn, Thalben Ball, Bridge and Stanford.

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