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Halcyon: Life on Paper


Halcyon: Life on Paper

  • Date: Sunday, 18 September 2011, 5pm
  • Venue: Verbrugghen Hall — Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Cnr Macquarie St and Bridge St, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $35 | Concession: $25 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 8256 2222

Event Details

“Write in this book – Things that I see Things that I hear and know” (Sei Shonagon, circa 1000)

How do three composers respond to three writers from very different worlds? Take a rich and stimulating musical journey with Halcyon inspired by poets and writers who help us understand our lives from every wondrous angle. Federico Garcia Lorca’s dark and brooding fragments are woven into George Crumb’s Madrigals 1 and 2; the classical Haiku poet and priest Kobayashi Issa reflects on the small wonders abounding in the natural world in Joseph Schwantner’s Sparrows; and Sei Shonagon, Japanese court lady and author of The Pillow Book, lists her vivid collection of gossip, poetry and observations of court life in a new Halcyon commission by Andrew Schultz, I am writing in this book.

Join Halcyon, Australia’s only ensemble dedicated to new vocal chamber music, for this music of exceptional beauty and insight.

Performers: Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, David Stanhope conductor, Laura Chislett Jones flutes, Diana Springford clarinets,Alex Norton violin,Luke Spicer viola, Geoffrey Gartner cello,Jenny Druery double bass,Zubin Kanga piano,Melina van Leewen harp, Daryl Pratt percussion

Featured non-Australian music: Crumb, Schwantner

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

I am writing in this book, op. 88 : for soprano, mezzo-soprano, cello, double bass, percussion, harp and piano (2011) by Andrew Schultz — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon and David Stanhope

Featured artists

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