Dreams and Dances - Halcyon and VOX

Date: 21 April 2012
Venue: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

What happens when Vox, Sydney’s sassiest and smartest group of young choristers meets Halcyon, acclaimed champions of new music for voice? The result is a musical feast of recently composed works from around the world, including some beautiful gems by our own Australian composers. From the dreamy, surreal sounds of Saariaho's Nuit, Adieux to the dancing rhythms of Ross Edwards Mantras and Alleluyas, this adventurous program features Vox at their most fearless, with Halcyon's quartet of soloists, percussionist Claire Edwardes and Vox's Musical Director Elizabeth Scott.

Recorded for future broadcast by 2MBS-FM

Arvo Pärt - Bogoroditse Djevo (1990)
Katy Abbott - Aspects of Dreaming (2006)
Elliott Gyger - And I heard a voice out of heaven (1997) ^
Jorge Vidales - Four Bashō Haiku (2008) ^
Dan Walker - Litany of Earth and Sky (2007)
Kerry Andrew - Criosda liom a cadal and O Nata Lux from Dusksongs (2006) ^
Gerard Brophy - Coil (1996)
Kaija Saariaho - Nuits, Adieux (1991/1996)
Ross Edwards - Mantras and Alleluyas (2007)
I Alleluya, Dance Mantra II The Light of Compassion III Sancti Spiritus adsit nobis
^ Australian premiere

Vox, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
Elizabeth Scott  musical director  Alison Morgan  soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong  mezzo soprano  Andrei Laptev  tenor  Clive Birch*  bass  Claire Edwardes  percussion

*Clive appears courtesy of The Song Company

Image © Amelia Myers