The Annual

 Glebe Music Festival

In conjunction with The Glebe Society Inc

Saturday 15 November at 2000hrs, Margaretta Cottage
Recital by soprano Shu-Cheen Yu accompanied by Andrea Katz piano, and solo piano Stephanie Giesajtis. Followed by Christine Marrinan and Owen Reynolds, rhythm-and-blues/jazz


Shu-Cheen Yu
Ombra mai fou Handel
Oh had I Jubal's Lyre
Du bist die Ruh Schubert
Die Vogel

Stephanie Giesajtis
Une barque sur l'océan (from Miroirs) M. Ravel

Shu-Cheen Yu
Wiegenlied R. Strauss


Signore ascolta Puccini
O luce di quest'anima Donizette
Summertime Gershwin

Stephanie Giesajtis
Three Argentinian Dances A. Ginastera
Dance of the old cowherd
Dance of the sad maiden
Dance of the clever cowboy

Shu-Cheen Yu
Swallow Chinese Folk Songs
Flower drum
Under the slivery moonlight

Shu-Cheen Yu: Before emigrating to Australia in 1987, Shu-Cheen was a principal artist with the Shan-Xi province Beijing Opera Company and the Chinese national Oriental Song and Dance Company. She made regular broadcasts on Radio Beijing and appeared on Television China as a soloist. She made five successful albums.

Since 1989, Shu-Cheen has appeared in Chess, as Tuptim in The King and I, as Ninetta in The Thieving magpie with the University of NSW, in the title role of Purcell's The Fairy Queen with The Song Company, in The Reluctant Highwayman for Broomhill Opera in London and in many choral works and concerts in Australia, England and Singapore. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the winner of the Australia Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera New York Auditions in 1992 and the Shell Royal Opera House Covent Garden Scholarship in 1994.

Shu-Cheen became a full-time member of Opera Australia's chorus in December 1996 and sang the role of Katchen in Werther in 1997. Concert work in 1997 includes Handel's Samson with the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, concerts at Government House for Carnivale and the Sydney Youth Orchestra, and concerts in the Botanic Gardens in December. In 1998 she will sing the role of the page in Rigoletto, cover the role of Despina in Cosi Fan Tute, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro and Damigell in L'Incoronazione di Poppea for Opera Australia. She will sing Carmina Burana for the Sydney Philharmonia Choir in September.

Stephanie Giesajtis: Currently studying under Elizabeth Powell and David Miller at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Two live broadcasts for 2MBS Young Performers Awards - finalist. Liszt Piano Concerto No 1 with the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra. Participated in the National Festival of Chamber Music with her piano trio. Selected as one of four Conservatorium students to tour the North Coast. Invited to perform in the Sydney International Piano Competition Stars of the Future concert.

Andrea Katz: An Argentinian from San Juan University. Studied in Paris under Vlado Perlemuter, in Israel at the Ruben Academy Jerusalem and worked with the New Israeli Opera. In Australia since 1990 - member of the music staff of Opera Australia, performs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, assisted Ado de Waart in preparing Wagner's The Ring.

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