A Sense of Connection

A SENSE OF CONNECTION - concert review
North Shore Times, September 7 2012
Reviewed by David Gyger

Offbeat stunning and genius

Halcyon's four female singers joined the Acacia Quartet to present a concert on Friday in the New Hall at Sydney Grammar School.  It was devoted to five 21st-century works by living composers. 

Receiving its world premiere, Lyle Chan's string quartet Mark and Adrian are Her Sonsmorphed seasmlessly from wispy slithers and slides to energetic percussiveness before lapsing into near-exhaustion as it probed the anguish of AIDS. 

Mezzo Jenny Duck-Chong was a stellar soloist in the Australian premiere of Gordon Kerry's Goodison Quartet no. 1 Country Music

Elena Kats-Chernin's Suite from Anna Magdalena's Notebook opened the evening on a strong note, and soprnao Alison Morgan gave a splendid account of Osvaldo Golijov's How Slow the Wind of 2001.