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Halcyon: War Letters


Halcyon: War Letters

  • Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015, 7pm
  • Venue: Ku-Ring-Gai Town Hall — 1186 Pacific Highway, Pymble, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $20 | Concession: $15 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

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 Letters explores 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

The Cavalcade of History and Fashion will present a display, Home Front Keepsakes and Nurses Uniforms, at the concert

The project was made possible through funding received from the Australian Government's ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program with support from the University of Western Sydney

On Tuesday November 10th at 1.30-3pm there will be a performance of War Letters for schools. For enquiries and bookings for this performance please contact: d.blom@westernsydney.edu.au

Halcyon Artists: Alison Morgan - soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong - mezzo-soprano, Clive Birch - bass, James Wannan - viola, Kaylie Dunstan - percussion, Jo Allan - piano

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 4736 0164 or by email to info@halcyon.org.au

Featured Australian Works

'Dearest mother...' : soprano with ensemble (2015) by Nicole Murphy — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
Letter from the trenches : for mezzo-soprano, viola, percussion and piano (2015) by Larry Sitsky — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
Triptych (war letters) : for soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass, viola, percussion, piano (2015) by Diana Blom — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon
Un poilu Australien (duos: mezzo-soprano, bass with chamber ensemble) (2015) by Elliott Gyger — World premiere
— performed by Halcyon

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