Special pre-book only event on Sept 30 at 6pm
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Details on more 2016 events coming soon….
 

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PAST 2016 EVENTS


16 
April at 5pm


Halcyon begins the year with an intimate program featuring the sonorous and captivating combination of voice and cello. 
In Of Earth and Stars long-time collaborators Jenny Duck-Chong and Geoffrey Gartner present a program of duos and solos spanning four decades and three continents. 
You will be introduced to gems by Julian Yu, Moya Henderson, Martin Wesley-Smith, Sadie Harrison, Brad Taylor-Newling, Simon Holt and Michael Berkeley, and to celebrate Alberto Ginastera's centenary year there will be a special performance of the composer's tour-de-force for solo cello, Puneña No. 2.

Program

Martin Wesley-Smith Uluru Song (1993)
Sadie Harrison Aster I and Aster II from Aster (1995 rev. .2014)
Michael Berkeley Typewriter Music (2014)
Brad Taylor-Newling Ombrone (2014) & Stars (2014)
Alberto Ginastera Puneña No. 2 (1976) 
Julian Yu Three Haiku (1987)
Moya Henderson I Lost A World The Other Day (2014)  
Simon Holt Three songs from Six Caprices (1998)


Artists: Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano and Geoffrey Gartner cello

Date: Saturday 16 April at 5pm
Venue: St Bedes Anglican Church, 14 College St, Drummoyne
Tickets: $25/15 through Classikon

   

UPCOMING EVENTS

2016

10 Sept at 5pm

“A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate; it goes on to become.”        W.H. Auden

Each art has a language of its own that can ’speak’ to us. Poetry can resonant within us, its chosen words honed into crystallised form. Music, wordless, can stir, move, shake or provoke us.  In song, these two powerful languages are synthesised, the poet’s and the composer’s voices intertwining, shining new light on the words while drawing out fresh musical ideas. Yet no one song or poem speaks in the same way to us all; our responses are as diverse as our human experience.

The songs and cycles in The Poet’s Voice are the work of contemporary Australian composers, inspired by Australian poets and writers, who explore their shared understanding of our world, our environment and our everyday life with works spanning a period of almost 50 years. Captured moments of simple lives often have a surprising depth when words and music combine; love letters and clotheslines, birds and birth, gazing in rockpools or at mountain ranges.  Alongside songs by Margaret Sutherland, Brett Dean, Elliott Gyger and Katy Abbott Kvasnica are the words of Judith Wright, Michael Leunig, the fictional Ern Malley and Christopher Wallace-Crabbe.  Andrew Schultz is both poet and composer in his recent song cycle Paradise, setting his own words to music.

Roger Smalley's Piano Trio (1991), commissioned for the 1st Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and still one of his most popular and recorded works, acknowledges the anniversary of the composer’s death in 2015.  Inspired not by words, but by the music of another composer, this tour-de-force piece is one of several that Smalley wrote based on Chopin's Mazurkas. 

Gordon Kerry is renowned for both his words and music.  He is an author and experienced music journalist and the composer of vocal works of many forms: among them operas, choral works and chamber songs (including a work for Halcyon’s 2013 Kingfisher project).  The Poet's Voice will feature the world premiere of his new work Three Malouf Songs (2015).  Commissioned by John and Denise Elkins, the piece celebrates a place of special significance to them - the Glasshouse Mountains.  Kerry's own love of the Australian bush and the beach drew him to three poems by David Malouf -  Stars, Rockpools and Glasshouse Mountains.  With his sensitivity to text and ear for delicate sonorities, Kerry has created a substantial through-composed chamber work for mezzo, violin, cello and piano. 

The Poet’s Voice
Sept 10 at 5pm
St Bede’s Anglican Church
14 College St Drummoyne
Tickets $35/$25
Bookings:  classikon.com.au
Enquiries: info@halcyon.org.au

PROGRAM

Gordon Kerry           Three Malouf Songs (world premiere)
Andrew Schultz        Paradise (2013)
Roger Smalley          Piano Trio (1991)
Elliott Gyger             Petit Testament (2008)

Katy Abbott Kvasnica  The Domestic Sublime Part 1
Margaret Sutherland  Woman's Song, Midnight and Winter Kestrel
from Six Songs: Settings of Judith Wright
Brett Dean               Literature & A Child is a Grub
from Poems and Prayers

   

 

2015

   

 18th January

   

 Alison and Jane Sheldon are performing together in a fabulous program of new music. Don't miss!

   

 13th June  SOLD OUT

   
 

A RHYTHM THAT DANCES: A celebration of the music of Ross Edwards

Presented by Halcyon in partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Inspired by a deep love for the Australian natural environment, the music of Ross Edwards radiates both joyous exuberance and meditative reflection. A Rhythm that Dances celebrates these twin aspects of his writing. Showcasing works spanning almost 40 years, this retrospective program focuses on Edwards’ music in miniature and features solo performances by some of Australia’s leading contemporary musicians. The concert is also a rare opportunity to hear his two major song cycles, The Hermit of Green Light (1979) and Five Senses (2013), as well as Maninya I  for voice and cello, which is an early example of his celebrated ‘dance-chant’ style and an inspiration for his violin concerto, Maninyas. Also on the program is his Piano Sonata (2011), commissioned by the Conservatorium for Bernadette Harvey, who recently gave the US premiere.

Artists:  Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano  Bernadette Harvey piano  Claire Edwardes percussion  Geoffrey Gartner cello

DATE: 13th June at 6.30pm

VENUE: Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatoirum of Music

For more information click here

   
 

Friday 4th September 7.30pm

WINTER MOON SECRETS

Image: Moon with a View by Kay Stratman
Asian culture has captivated the artistic mind for centuries; the elegance and concise restraint of Oriental visual art, music and writing have been an ongoing inspiration for composers around the globe. Winter Moon Secrets brings together chamber music inspired by a world behind closed doors, where courtly life, love and secrets form the centrepiece of existence, a place where inner thoughts remain concealed, whispered only to the night air or written on a page in a private room. In Andrew Schultz's I am writing in this book (2011), fragments of 10th century writer Sei Shonagon's The Pillow Book have been threaded together to trace the life of a young woman from naive youth to old age. Sohmon III (1988), by eminent Japanese composer Minoru Miki, sets poetry from the oldest anthology of Japanese poetry, the Man'Yoshi (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves) dated from the seventh and eight centuries. Miki believes that music and culture are deeply intertwined and that peace between nations can be achieved through the blending of diverse cultures. Larry Sitsky's newly penned work A Feast of Lanterns II (2015) draws texts from a collection of ancient Chinese poets and writers, employing voice and instruments to render delicate brushstrokes of colour. Joining Halcyon for this program is koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura, performing solo works composed for her by Australians Ross Edwards and Rosalind Page.

Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Tickets $35/$25 through Classikon

Artists

conductor – Luke Spicer  soprano – Alison Morgan  mezzo soprano – Jenny Duck-Chong  violin – Ewan Foster  cello – Anna Martin-Scrase  double bass – Jenny Druery  harp – Rowan Phemister  piano – Sally Whitwell  percussion – William Jackson  koto – Satsuki Odamura

Supported by the New Music Network


Image: Moon with a View by Kay Stratman 11″ x 10”, watercolor on silver shikishi board

   

Tuesday 15th September  6pm

DITTIES

Ken Murray (guitar) and Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano) present a recital of Australian songs written for voice and guitar over the past three decades. Featuring Matthew HINDSON’S Insect Songs, Helen GIFFORD’S Spell Against Sorrow, John PETERSON’S Of Quiet Places, Christine MCCOMBE's Halcyon and some Ditties by Andrew SCHULTZ.

Part of the Guitar Perspectives series

Wyselaskie Auditorium, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

This is a FREE event

For more details click here

   

Thursday 17th September 1pm

Paradise

PARADISE

Halcyon Halcyon presents a captivating chamber music program for voice, cello and piano by Australian composers Andrew Schultz and Rosalind Page. Includes the Australian premiere of Schultz' Paradise and Prelude and Postscript. 

Artists: Alison Morgan (soprano), Geoffrey Gartner (cello) and Jo Allan (piano)

Io Myers Studio, University of New South Wales Kensington Campus

This is a FREE event. 

For bookings click here.  For more information click here

   
 

Saturday November 7th at 7pm

WAR LETTERS

War Letters commemorates through music, the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in the First World War during the ANZAC centenary. Four Australian composers, representing four generations, have taken excerpts from original letters written during times of conflict, and set the words to music for singers and ensemble. The letters are filled with both hope and despair, offering deep insight into life for all involved in the war zone, but especially for family and friends receiving and sending them. War Letters explores this interface between letter writing and music, bringing into focus the day to day experiences of the men and women taken up by war.

Featuring four new works written especially for the concert

Diana Blom       Triptych (war letters)
Elliott Gyger      Un poilu australien
Nicole Murphy   'Dearest Mother...'
Larry Sitsky       Letter from the trenches

Ku-ring-gai Town Hall
1186 Pacific Hwy, Pymble

Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings through Classikon
Enquiries: 02 4736 0164

Artists: Alison Morgan - soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong - mezzo soprano  Clive Birch - bass  James Wannan - viola  Kaylie Dunstan - percussion Jo Allan - piano

The Cavalcade of History and Fashion will present a display, Home Front Keepsakes and Nurses Uniforms at the concert

The project was made possible through funding received from the Australian Government's ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program with support from the University of Western Sydney

Tuesday November 10th at 1.30-3pm

WAR LETTERS Schools Performance

 

   


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