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Kingfisher - songs for Halcyon


Kingfisher - songs for Halcyon

  • Date: Wednesday, 23 October 2013, 7pm
  • Venue: Sculpture Terrace, Museum of Contemporary Art — George St, The Rocks, NSW
  • Tickets: $75 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 8256 2222

Event Details

You're warmly invited to join Halcyon as they celebrate 15 years of music making, at the Museum of Contemporary Art with an exclusive cocktail event overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour! Halcyon will host a unique evening, featuring a performance of brand new songs, on the museum’s fabulous new Sculpture Terrace.

Compered by harpist and friend of the ensemble Genevieve Lang Huppert, this very special event is an opportunity to commemorate 15 years of wonderful music making by Australia’s leading ensemble for contemporary vocal chamber music.

Funds raised from the occasion will support Kingfisher – Songs for Halcyon, a major commissioning project comprising 23 new songs by 23 composers, with performances in March 2014 and production of a commercial CD. This incredible collection of songs represents the cream of vocal composition in Australia today.

On October 23, as well as beautiful food and beverages and a stunning view, you’ll be treated to a selection of the newly crafted songs, performed by Halcyon in the presence of the composers. The artists for the evening are Alison Morgan (soprano), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano), Laura Chislett Jones (flutes), Diana Springford (clarinets), Geoffrey Gartner (cello) and Joshua Hill (percussion). The entire song collection will be performed over two concerts in March 2014.

Kingfisher features songs by Katy Abbott, Stephen Adams, Gerard Brophy, Nigel Butterley, Sharon Calcraft, Ross Edwards, Andrew Ford, Stuart Greenbaum, Elliott Gyger, Graham Hair, Moya Henderson, Gordon Kerry, Raffaele Marcellino, Kevin March, Ruth Lee Martin, Rosalind Page, John Peterson, Andrew Schultz, Paul Stanhope, Jane Stanley, Nicholas Vines, Dan Walker and Gillian Whitehead.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0411 027 174 or by email to info@halcyon.org.au

Featured Australian Works

All One Water (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano with chamber ensemble) by Gillian Whitehead — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
Lake moonrise, op. 94 : for mezzo-soprano, clarinet in A, vibraphone and cello (2013) by Andrew Schultz — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
Music (La musique) (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano with chamber ensemble) by Gordon Kerry — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
My love in her attire : soprano with ensemble by Paul Stanhope — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
Sometimes snow fell, sometimes darkness... (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano with flute) (2013) by Stephen Adams — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
The Pleiades at midnight : for two singers and three players (2013) by Elliott Gyger — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
The Tranquil mind (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano with chamber ensemble) by Ross Edwards — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
To my excellent Lucasia, on our friendship : for soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass clarinet and vibraphone (2013) by Andrew Ford — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon

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