A Rhythm That Dances: A celebration of the music of Ross Edwards

Date: 13 June 2015
Venue: Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatoirum of Music

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.

Water Spirit Song (2003)
Hermit of Green Light (1979)
Marimba Dances (1982)
Piano Sonata (2011)
Maninya I (1981)
Selections from Mantras and Night Flowers (2001)
Prelude and Laughing Rock (2003)
Five senses (2012)

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