Date: 7 August 2009
Venue: Verbruggen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
From water choked valleys and scorching winds, to a clandestine romp in nature, two intrepid Australian composers draw inspiration from powerful and confronting texts. Written in response to Australia’s drought and water crisis, Elliott Gyger’s From the Hungry Waiting Country is a beautifully complex work for four female singers and harp, while Nicholas Vines' Torrid Nature Scene for two singers and ensemble delivers a passionate and heady ode to nature. After the performance, meet the composers and celebrate the launch of Halcyon's latest CD Cool Black featuring song cycles by Australian composer Rosalind Page.
Elliott Gyger - From the Hungry Waiting Country (2006)
Nicholas Vines - Torrid Nature Scene (2008) ^
^ Australian premiere
Matthew Coorey conductor Alison Morgan soprano Lindy Montgomery soprano Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano Jo Burton mezzo soprano Sally Walker piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute Euan Harvey french horn Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich violin Thomas Talmacs violin Luke Spicer viola Geoffrey Gartner cello Genevieve Lang harp Claire Edwardes percussion Zubin Kanga piano