Extended Play
Aug
31
to Sep 1

Extended Play

Jenny appears with Halcyon and Kammerklang in Extended Play, a 12-hour festival of new music from midday to midnight.

Date: August 31st
Times: 4.15pm (Halcyon) and 9pm (Kammerklang)
Venue: City Recital Hall

City Recital Hall presents
Extended Play
Co-produced with Lyle Chan and Vexations840

Extended Play is back in 2019 with over 20 concerts of eclectic, contemporary, challenging and dynamic new music across the entire four floors of the venue in 12 hours! The inaugural event last year was hailed as “the best new classical music initiative Sydney has seen in years” (The Australian), and an “exhilarating festival, wonderfully supportive of local artists and ensembles, emerging talent and an audience eager to engage.” (Real Time). 

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The Art of Disappearing
Jun
1
to Jun 2

The Art of Disappearing

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CO-PRESENTED BY HALCYON & KAMMERKLANG

Join Halcyon and the Geist String Quartet for the world premiere of The Art of Disappearing, a poignant new song cycle by Sydney composer, Cameron Lam inspired by the raw and profound poetry of Queensland writer Sarah Holland-Batt.

The composer writes, "Written for and dedicated to mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong after years of mentorship and friendship, The Art of Disappearing is an hour-long song cycle for voice and string quartet. I was drawn to the poetry of Queensland writer, Sarah Holland-Batt for its intimacy, musicality, and immense sense of self. The striking thing about Sarah’s poetry for me, was that it was arresting, it stopped me in my tracks – it sang all by itself and I just wanted to add to that.”

Limelight Magazine has described Cameron’s music as “a fantastical world in which mythological stories comes to life”. But drawn to the raw and profound poetry from Sarah’s collection Aria, in this new work he has set aside mythic grandeur and has delved deep into the traditions of art song and string quartet repertoire in search of a work of intimate connections. These eight songs and four instrumentals together tell stories of reminiscence, loss and grief through time. The cycle doesn’t present loss as something to solve; instead, it paints the inexorable journey from stasis, as we learn to move again…

Halcyon first worked with Cameron back in 2010 in his Kammerklang VOX project and we are looking forward to this opportunity to present a very beautiful new work created and crafted especially for us.  Though we recorded the work last year, this is the first time we will be performing the full work in front of a live audience.

Join us for The Art of Disappearing.

ARTISTS
Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo-soprano
Geist String Quartet: Sonia Wilson violin I, Mia Stanton violin II, Hayasa Tanaka viola, James Larsen violoncello

Read more about the project on Kammerklang’s website or the facebook event page

Date: 1 June at 8pm
Venue: Annandale Creative Arts Centre, 81 Johnston St, Annandale

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La Belle Epoque
Apr
7
to Apr 8

La Belle Epoque

Dating from the late 1800s till WWI, the peaceful and prosperous era of the Belle Epoque has been described as “a golden age of French creativity”. This explosion of artistry spanned the creative spectrum of dance, visual art, architecture, fashion and music; it saw the rise of the Folies Bergère and the Ballets Russes; of artists and writers such as Monet, Gauguin, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, a young Picasso, Verlaine, Mallarmé and Apollinaire; and the development of the Art Nouveau movement.

Join mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong and pianist Jo Allan as they return to the era of the Belle Epoque in a program featuring exquisite songs by Berlioz, Duparc, Fauré, Hahn, Debussy and more.

Date: 7 April 2019
Venue: Life Congregational Church, Hunters Hill

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Shining Shores
Dec
1
to Dec 2

Shining Shores

Celebrating 20 years of performing, promoting, recording and curating new music, Halcyon’s last program for 2018, Shining Shores, collects together pieces inspired by the natural elements of water and moonlight. Taking time to reflect on the world around us, we wander beside the flowing Seine in Rosalind Page’s Apollinairesongs, are transfixed by the minute life in rockpools or towering mountains reflected across the bay in Gordon Kerry’s Three Malouf Songs and walk in the wet sand beside the seashore, following the lark’s song or a boat adrift on the tide, in Gillian Whitehead’s Girl with a Guitar. The night sky appears - ‘the sleepy stretch and dazzle of it’ ablaze with stars ‘like bees’ - and the changing moon is ‘like an apricot’, ‘honeyed’ or ‘silvering shores’.

In our 20th anniversary year, this program again features composers of outstanding vocal music with a deep responsivenes for the poetry that inspires them, many of whom have had long associations with Halcyon. Works have been drawn from Australia (Rosalind Page, Gordon Kerry, Sadie Harrison, Ross Edwards), New Zealand (Gillian Whitehead) and the UK and USA (Hilary Tann and Robert Lombardo) and the program sees the return of a two signifcant and quintessentially Halcyon works, Rosalind Page’s Apollinairesongs (2002) and Gordon Kerry’s Three Malouf Songs (2016).

On December 1, come and experience again the magic of Halcyon in performance and the artistry refined over 20 years of musical exploration.

PROGRAM

Rosalind Page Apollinairesongs (2002)
Hilary Tann Winter Sun, Summer Rain (1986) ^
Gilian Whitehead Girl with a Guitar (2000) ^
Gordon Kerry Three Malouf settings (2015)
and shorter works by Ross Edwards, Sadie Harrison ^ and Robert Lombardo ^

^ Australian Premiere

ARTISTS
Elizabeth Scott conductor Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo-soprano Laura Chislett flute Jason Noble clarinet Anna McMichael violin
Nicole Forsyth viola Geoffrey Gartner cello Daniel Herscovitch piano/celeste

Image: Linden Gledhill

DATE: 1 December at 8pm
VENUE: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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art-music
Sep
19
to Sep 20

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A New Way of Looking at Music
Presented by Halcyon and Artsite Galleries

Halcyon is celebrating the start of Spring by trying out something new this September. We’re scaling things down to their barest form and offering a very intimate experience of music and visual art

Contemporary arts often look to find new connections across art forms.  A recent article about one such crossover of music and visual art at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival concludes:

“Contemporary art was no longer either audible or visual: it was simply art.”

The intersection between visual art and music has always been part of Halcyon’s history. Our logos, concert programs and album covers have regularly featured a wide array of local and international artists and photographers such as Catherine AbelRobert BoynesLorenzo CortellettiLinden Gledhill and Richard Woldendorp.

art:music is our latest experiment.  With the support of Artsite Galleries, we wanted to create a more informal space for people to experience contemporary art - to let you engage with the music and the visual artworks in your own ways - perhaps sitting and watching with focused intent, moving around the space or just listening in and reflecting on the visual works on display while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles. 

The performance will feature Jenny and flautist Sally Walker presenting a short program of contemporary works predominantly by Australian composers, in conjunction with the art exhibition From the Blue House by contemporary Australian artist Victoria Peel.  

Performed in two short sets, with time to wander in between, this informal afternoon is the perfect place to invite someone to get a taste of some small-scale new music in an intimate setting. While we will give occasional insights into the works being performed, there are no rules of concert etiquette to be observed and we hope that you will simply enter the space with expectation and curiosity. 

The performance starts at 3.30pm, but feel free to come anytime from 3pm to pick up a glass of wine and take some time to look around the gallery before it begins.  If you have an artistically curious friends, now’s your chance to bring them along to this low key event and share in an afternoon of contemporary art.

PROGRAM
Gillian Whitehead Because of the child (2013)
Claude Debussy Syrinx (1913)
Brad Taylor-Newling Ombrone (2014)
Larry Sitsky The Jade Flute from Two Li-Po Settings (1973/2016)
Robert Lombardo At Parting Now, Harvest Moon from Three Haiku (c. 2000) [AP]
Andrew Ford “Once upon a time there were two brothers…” (2013)
Elliott Gyger Unfractured Light from giving voice (2012)

[AP] Australian premiere

ARTISTS
Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Sally Walker flute/alto flute/piccolo

Date: Sunday 9th September 2018 at 3.30pm
Venue: Artsite Galleries, 165 Salisbury Rd Camperdown

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The Arrow of Song
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Arrow of Song

Jenny joins the Song Company for The Arrow of Song

From early chant to contemporary forms of a cappella singing, The Arrow of Song takes audiences on a fascinating journey of how 'a cappella' has transformed itself over thousands of years of rich musical history.

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Date: 10 August 2018
Venue: The Art House, Wyong

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This Kind of Life
Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

This Kind of Life

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As Halcyon celebrates 20 years of exceptional music-making, come and join us for a midwinter evening of intriguing and eclectic new chamber music. 

The program features Australian premieres by mid-career composers Japanese-born Dai Fujikura and Belgian Annelies Van Parys alongside a couple of songs from our Kingfisher project and a brand new work by Elliott Gyger, celebrating his 50th birthday this year. 

Halcyon’s long and fruitful relationship with composer Elliott Gyger, spanning more than three decades, has produced a series of outstanding vocal works.  Beginning with From the hungry waiting country in 2006 (commissioned for Halcyon by the first Aurora Festival) through giving voice (winner of the 2013 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Award) to Un poilu australien in 2015 (for our War Letters project), these pieces have been some of the most challenging and rewarding works in Halcyon's repertoire. Each one is a tour-de-force for both performers and composer, as Elliott descirbes here:

From the hungry waiting country (2006) weaves together fifteen texts – seven in English, eight in ancient languages – each sung by a different soloist or subset from its female vocal quartet; at times two or three texts are superimposed, working in independent tempi.  Petit Testament (2008), by contrast, comes as close as possible to multitracking a single voice in live performance; Jenny and Alison are called upon to play vocal hide-and-seek with one another, merging into a single line featuring unison, heterophony and interior dialogue."

This year as the ensemble and composer both celebrate significant milestones, it seemed the perfect time to join forces again.  

"This kind of life (2018) is written once again for Alison and Jenny’s voices, but rather than blending and blurring they are kept quite distinct, as they sing the words of two people in dialogue with one another.  Each is supported by her own miniature ensemble of two instruments (clarinet and piano with the soprano; cello and harp with the mezzo), although as the work progresses these ensembles begin to overlap and fuse. 
A musical celebration of friendship, This kind of life seems an apt choice for a program highlighting the rich network of collaborations that has developed across Halcyon’s 20-year history – a network which I am grateful and proud to be part of.

PROGRAM
Elliott Gyger This Kind of Life  WORLD PREMIERE
Dai Fujikura  Being as One  AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Annaliese Van Parys  Three Mew Poems  AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Ross Edwards The Tranquil Mind
Rosalind Page Aquila’s Wing

ARTISTS
Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo-soprano,  Laura Chislett flute, David Rowden clarinet, Georgina Oakes bass clarinet, Geoffrey Gartner cello, Jo Allan piano, Rowan Phemister harp

Image: Linden Gledhill

Date: 21 July 2018 at 8pm
Venue: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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A Bouquet of Songs
Jun
24
7:30 PM19:30

A Bouquet of Songs

Flametree presents an afternoon recital celebrating the floral delights of the changing seasons

Featuring songs and duets by Schubert, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Fauré, Poulenc, Samuel Barber and others

Nicole Thomson soprano
Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo-soprano
Jo Allan piano

Date: Sunday 24 June 2018 at 3pm
Venue: Hunters Hill Congregational Church

Flametree is passionately committed to the presentation of appealing recitals in intimate settings. Each new program encompasses a wealth of repertoire spanning several centuries, woven together with introductions to highlight key themes.
Flametree was created so we could share our joy in music and music-making with everyone – both those who may know the works and composers well and those who are just discovering them. We hope there will always be something new to experience, alongside the joy of old favourites.

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A Child of Earth and Heaven - Halcyon & Inventi Ensemble
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

A Child of Earth and Heaven - Halcyon & Inventi Ensemble

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Presented in collaboration with Inventi Ensemble and Melbourne Recital Centre

A Child of Earth and Heaven celebrates two generations of Australian vocal writing, showcasing works by award-winning composers Nigel Butterley and Elliott Gyger inspired by childhood and the natural world.

In an all-new collaboration, drawing together renowned performers from around the country, Inventi Ensemble (Melbourne) and Halcyon (Sydney) with guest conductor Matthew Wood (Darwin) present two intriguing song cycles for voice and chamber ensemble.

Gyger’s Paul Lowin Award winning composition, giving voice (2013), is an intimate exploration of the theme of early childhood. With diverse texts drawn from eight female Australian writers including his own daughter Sophia, giving voiceencapsulates a roller-coaster of emotions – such as fear, wonder, joy and frustration – in eight highly individual songs. Drawing inspiration from the Orpheus myth, Butterley’s Orphei Mysteria (2008) is a work of great beauty whose subtlety painted colours bring forth a richly evocative soundscape and show a master craftsman at the height of his powers.

PROGRAM
Elliott Gyger - giving voice (2013)
Nigel Butterley - Orphei Mysteria (2008)

ARTISTS
Matthew Wood  conductor  Alison Morgan  soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong  mezzo soprano  Vladimir Gorbach  guitar  Inventi Ensemble

Date: 15 November 2017
Venue: Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

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The Fire in Which We Burn
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

The Fire in Which We Burn

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Presented by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The fire in which we burn is an all-Australasian program featuring works by Ross Edwards, Sadie Harrison, Tim Dargaville and Gillian Whitehead with texts that span two centuries, seven countries, and the complete cycle of seasons.  By reflecting on the cycles by which we live, we gain a glimpse of the turning wheels of history seeing ourselves mirrored in the shifting backdrop of the natural world.

Sadie Harrison’s With what does winter’s summer’s sing takes us on a journey through the seasonal patterns of nature and love, interspersing them with a series of exaltant ‘calling' songs, reminding us of those moments of joy in the midst of the passing of time. An Australian composer who has been resident in the UK for many years, her song cycle speaks of how the passing of time resonates with our own cycles of love and loss. This has been a common poetic conceit for centuries, with Spring heralding new love and Winter marking the coldness of a dying relationship, or a life which is at an end. Her texts draw on both ancient and modern literature in English translation, creating a fresh vernacular for words that span centuries.

Ross Edward’s Five Senses is inspired by the poetry of Judith Wright, renowned not only as a poet but as an environmental activist. Every poem’s images are so clearly drawn - from the fiery wheel of creation, the ageless columns of dark foreboding rainforest or the delicate dew-encrusted spider webs, right down to the individual flowers on the forest floor. At times ominous and mysterious or exuberantly joyful, it is a celebration of the Australian landscape and the capacity it has to touch us and inhabit our senses.

Gillian Whitehead’s Because of the child, a short unaccompanied song, was composed for a group of people keen to raise awareness of environmental issues and draws our attention to the role man plays in his environment. She spends time between both Australia and New Zealand, and the many natural and cultural references in her life are clearly present in her prodigious body of work.

Tim Dargaville’s Kolam, movement III for solo piano is inspired by the ancient art of Kolam, an art of symmetry, precision, and complexity, where circular patterns of geometric lines are created on the ground using curved lines and dots and drawn with powder made from rice and other natural materials. Often drawn by women at the threshold to the house, throughout the day the drawings get walked on, washed out in the rain, or blown around in the wind only to be re-made the following day. This intricate art reflects both the movement and constant nature of time, but also the renewal it will always bring.

PROGRAM
Sadie Harrison - with what do winter’s summers sing? (2004)
Tim Dargaville - Kolam, Movement III (2014)
Brad Taylor-Newling - Ombrone (2014)
Ross Edwards - Five Senses: Five Poems of Judith Wright (2012)

ARTISTS
Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo-soprano, Bernadette Harvey piano, Joshua Hill percussion

Image: Linden Gledhill

Date: 10 October 2017
Venue: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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Willoughby Symphony Orchestra presents Nature
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra presents Nature

The Willoughby Symphony gets back to NATURE in this evocative concert program, under the baton of renowned conductor, Matthew Wood.

Iconic mezzo-soprano Jenny Duck-Chong sings the world premiere of 2017 Composer-in-Residence, Daniel Rojas’ work, Cantos Españoles: Three Songs of Garcia Lorca scored for mezzo, the 90 voices of the Willoughby Chorus, and the full forces of the Orchestra.

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Date: 17 September 2017
Venue: The Concourse, Chatswood

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Willoughby Symphony Orchestra presents Nature
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra presents Nature

The Willoughby Symphony gets back to NATURE in this evocative concert program, under the baton of renowned conductor, Matthew Wood.

Iconic mezzo-soprano Jenny Duck-Chong sings the world premiere of 2017 Composer-in-Residence, Daniel Rojas’ work, Cantos Españoles: Three Songs of Garcia Lorca scored for mezzo, the 90 voices of the Willoughby Chorus, and the full forces of the Orchestra.

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Date: 16 September 2017
Venue: The Concourse, Chatswood

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A Bouquet of Songs
Jul
16
2:00 PM14:00

A Bouquet of Songs

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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.

Date: Sunday 16 July 2017
Venue: Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music


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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The Silence of Thousands
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

The Silence of Thousands

Jenny performs two world premiere song cycles by Andrew Kennedy and Margaret Tesch-Muller with Hourglass Ensemble

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PROGRAM
Johannes Brahms - trio for clarinet, cello, and piano
Carl Vine - sonata for flute and piano
Andrew Kennedy - The Silence of Thousands (premiere song cycle)
Margaret Tesch-Muller - Voices of a Northern Year (premiere song cycle)
Andrew Kennedy - Parents' Wedding Blessing
Michael Torke - The Telephone Book

HOURGLASS ENSEMBLE
Flutes - Ewa Kowalski
Clarinets/director - Andrew Kennedy
Violin - Ewan Foster
Cello - Geoffrey Gartner
Mezzo-soprano - Jenny Duck-Chong
Piano - Josephine Allan, Gregory Kinda

Date: Saturday 12 November 2016
Venue: Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

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The Silence of Thousands
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Silence of Thousands

Jenny performs two world premiere song cycles by Andrew Kennedy and Margaret Tesch-Muller with Hourglass Ensemble

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PROGRAM
Johannes Brahms - trio for clarinet, cello, and piano
Carl Vine - sonata for flute and piano
Andrew Kennedy - The Silence of Thousands (premiere song cycle)
Margaret Tesch-Muller - Voices of a Northern Year (premiere song cycle)
Andrew Kennedy - Parents' Wedding Blessing
Michael Torke - The Telephone Book

HOURGLASS ENSEMBLE
Flutes - Ewa Kowalski
Clarinets/director - Andrew Kennedy
Violin - Ewan Foster
Cello - Geoffrey Gartner
Mezzo-soprano - Jenny Duck-Chong
Piano - Josephine Allan, Gregory Kinda

Date: Sunday 6 Nov 2016
Venue: The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

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The Poet's Voice
Sep
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Poet's Voice

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“A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate; it goes on to become.”
— W.H. Auden

Each art has a language of its own that can ’speak’ to us. Poetry can resonant within us, its chosen words honed into crystallised form. Music, wordless, can stir, move, shake or provoke us.  In song, these two powerful languages are synthesised, the poet’s and the composer’s voices intertwining, shining new light on the words while drawing out fresh musical ideas. Yet no one song or poem speaks in the same way to us all; our responses are as diverse as our human experience.

The songs and cycles in The Poet’s Voice are the work of contemporary Australian composers, inspired by Australian poets and writers, who explore their shared understanding of our world, our environment and our everyday life with works spanning a period of almost 50 years. Captured moments of simple lives often have a surprising depth when words and music combine; love letters and clotheslines, birds and birth, gazing in rockpools or at mountain ranges.  Alongside songs by Margaret Sutherland, Brett Dean, Elliott Gyger and Katy Abbott Kvasnica are the words of Judith Wright, Michael Leunig, the fictional Ern Malley and Christopher Wallace-Crabbe.  Andrew Schultz is both poet and composer in his recent song cycle Paradise, setting his own words to music.

Roger Smalley's Piano Trio (1991), commissioned for the 1st Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and still one of his most popular and recorded works, acknowledges the anniversary of the composer’s death in 2015.  Inspired not by words, but by the music of another composer, this tour-de-force piece is one of several that Smalley wrote based on Chopin's Mazurkas. 

Gordon Kerry is renowned for both his words and music.  He is an author and experienced music journalist and the composer of vocal works of many forms: among them operas, choral works and chamber songs (including a work for Halcyon’s 2013 Kingfisher project).  The Poet's Voice will feature the world premiere of his new work Three Malouf Songs (2015).  Commissioned by John and Denise Elkins, the piece celebrates a place of special significance to them - the Glasshouse Mountains.  Kerry's own love of the Australian bush and the beach drew him to three poems by David Malouf -  Stars, Rockpools and Glasshouse Mountains.  With his sensitivity to text and ear for delicate sonorities, Kerry has created a substantial through-composed chamber work for mezzo, violin, cello and piano.

PROGRAM
Margaret Sutherland - Woman's Song, Midnight and Winter Kestrel from Six Songs: Settings of Judith Wright
Brett Dean - Literature & A Child is a Grub from Poems and Prayers
Roger Smalley - Piano Trio (1991)
Andrew Schultz - Paradise (2013)
Katy Abbott Kvasnica - The Domestic Sublime Part 1
Gordon Kerry - Three Malouf Songs*
Elliott Gyger - Petit Testament (2008)
* World Premiere

ARTISTS
Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo-soprano, Ewan Foster violin, Geoffrey Gartner cello, Daniel Herscovitch piano

Date: 10 September 2016
Venue: St Bede's Anglican Church, Drummoyne

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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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