Of Earth and Stars
Apr
18
7:00 AM07:00

Of Earth and Stars

Beginning the year on the most intimate scale, on April 16 Halcyon presents Of Earth and Stars, a program of solos and duos for voice and cello. 

Featuring long-time collaborators Jenny Duck-Chong and Geoffrey Gartner, Of Earth and Stars will feature an array of small gems, spanning four decades and three continents.

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

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Halcyon presents War Letters
Nov
8
11:00 AM11:00

Halcyon presents 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 Lettersexplores 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

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


Artists: Alison Morgan - sopranoJenny Duck-Chong - mezzo sopranoClive Birch - bassJames Wannan - violaKaylie Dunstan - percussion Jo Allan - piano

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Ditties: contemporary Australian works for voice and guitar
Sep
16
8:00 AM08:00

Ditties: contemporary Australian works for voice and guitar

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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'sOf Quiet Places, Christine McCombe's Halcyon and some Ditties by Andrew Schultz.

Part of the Guitar Perspectives series

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Winter Moon Secrets
Sep
6
9:30 AM09:30

Winter Moon Secrets

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 Spicersoprano – Alison Morganmezzo soprano – Jenny Duck-Chongviolin – Ewan Fostercello – Anna Martin-Scrasedouble bass – Jenny Drueryharp – Rowan Phemisterpiano – Sally Whitwellpercussion – William Jacksonkoto – Satsuki Odamura

Supported by the New Music Network


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

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A Bouquet of Songs
Aug
30
5:00 AM05:00

A Bouquet of Songs

Soprano Nicole Thomson, mezzo soprano Jenny-Duck Chong and pianist Jo Allan present an afternoon concert of songs celebrating the season of Spring and its floral splendour. Including solos and duets by Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Berlioz and Barber.

Saturday 29 August 2015 at 3pm
Rivendell, Thomas Walker Estate
Hospital Rd, Concord

Tickets $35
Contact Marketing and Community Relations on 9767 7560 or 9767 6038
Email: melissa.puglisi@sswahs.nsw.gov.au
Please book early as there are limited seats available.  

All funds raised will be directed towards the Concord Cancer Centre


Newly formed ensemble flametree is passionately committed to the presentation of intimate and appealing recitals encompassing repertoire from the Baroque to the modern day. We wish to delight the senses with the many musical treasures available, through small scale performances with an immediate audience connection. flametree consists of three longtime friends and musical collaborators, Jo Allan, Jenny Duck-Chong and Nicole Thomson. All have worked extensively in the classical music scene for over 30 years, as performers, teachers and recording artists.

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La Belle Epoque - A Salon Celebration
Jul
13
5:00 AM05:00

La Belle Epoque - A Salon Celebration

The Belle Epoque, dating from the late 1800s to WWI, was a period of great optimism and prosperity. There was a flourishing of the arts, especially in the salons of Paris. It saw the development of visual arts such as Money, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and a young Picasso, modern dance developing in institutions like the Folies Bergère and the Ballets Russes and the rise of the Art Nouveau movement. 

Join mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong and pianist Josephine Allan for an afternoon of exquisite song celebrating the refined elegance and nostalgia of the Belle Epoque. The program will feature sumptuous melodies by Duparc, Fauré, Hahn, Satie, Chausson, Debussy and more. 

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A Rhythm That Dances
Jun
13
8:30 AM08:30

A Rhythm That Dances

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 Dancescelebrates 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 Edwardespercussion  Geoffrey Gartner cello

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