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Paradise returns

On Saturday, 10 September, 2016 Halcyon again present Schultz’s Paradise, five songs for soprano, cello and piano. The work will be presented as part of a program of new and recent music called The Poet’s Voice.

The Poet’s Voice
Sept 10 at 5pm
St Bede’s Anglican Church
14 College St Drummoyne
Tickets $35/$25
Bookings:  classikon.com.au
Enquiries: info@halcyon.org.au

 

Paradise, Opus 95 (2013) is a cycle of five songs for soprano, cello and piano written for Felicitas Fuchs, Li-Wei Qin and Bernard Lanskey. They gave its first performance in June 2015 at La Loingtaine, Paris. Halcyon gave the Australia premiere shortly afterwards in September 2015. The work is a setting of the composer’s own texts in which a physician observer wrestles with the small-scale detail and the large-scale effect of an horrific and violent event.

 

Composer’s note:

‘For some time I have either been writing my own texts or quietly editing, translating and adapting pre-existing texts to suit my musical purposes. In choosing to write my own texts I have been attracted by the freedom and precision of expression this allows me to bring to my vocal music. This is partly because of the inevitable constraints that a text places on a composer but also because I am looking for a personal, specific and clear expression of ideas and that requires a high level of unity of artistic means.

In the case of Paradise the subject matter of the work’s texts is sensitive and tricky to pull off. This work occupies a similar creative space to my opera, Going Into Shadows, in the way it addresses brutal violence and its aftermath in the contemporary world. Finding a way to deal with this material is an artistic challenge that is very important to me so I’m very grateful for the support of two groups of wonderful performers.’

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Halcyon

In September, three concerts by Sydney ensemble Halcyon present five works by Andrew Schultz.

 

WINTER MOON SECRETS

Friday 4th Sept 2015 at 7.30pm
Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The program features the premiere of A Feast of Lanterns II (2015) by Larry Sitsky scored for mezzo, violin, cello, piano and percussion.

The program also features Andrew Schultz’s I am writing in this book (2011) written for soprano, mezzo, cello, double bass, harp, percussion and piano. Commissioned by Halcyon, and workshopped with Andrew during a Bundanon residency, it is a collection of five songs on texts drawn from 10th century writer Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book.

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) dating from the seventh and eight centuries in a work for soprano, piano and percussion.

Halcyon is pleased to welcome koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura for this program.  She will be performing two solo works composed for her: Interlude from Koto Dreaming (2003) by Ross Edwards and Garden (2006) by Rosalind Page.

Tickets $35/$25 through Classikon

For more details click here

Image (at right, above): Moon with a View by Kay Stratman

 

DITTIES

Tuesday 15th September  6pm

Wyselaskie Auditorium, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

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, John Peterson’s Of Quiet Places, Helen Gifford’s Spell Against Sorrow, several songs from Ditties by Andrew Schultz, and songs by Christine McCombe.

For more details click here

 

 

PARADISE

Thursday 17th September 1-2pm
Io Myers Studio, University of NSW,  Sydney

Halcyon presents a  lunchtime program for voice, cello and piano by Andrew Schultz and Rosalind Page.  Features To The Evening Star (2009) Prelude and Postscript  for piano (2015)* and Paradise (2013)* by Schultz and Being and Time III: Paradiso (2015) by Page.

Australian premiere

Admission: free

For more details of the date and venue click here

Download the concert program: Paradise_program

More details of the works by Andrew Schultz

Lake Moonrise with Halcyon

"Banksian Cockatoo", Port Jackson painter ca 1790, c. Natural History Museum
“Banksian Cockatoo”, Port Jackson painter ca 1790, c. Natural History Museum

Lake Moonrise is a recent work by Andrew Schultz for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, cello and vibraphone, composed in 2013 for Halcyon’s fifteenth birthday as a part of their Kingfisher project. The piece had its first performance at a special concert of new works for Halcyon in October 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. It was performed again by Halcyon on March 29 at Sydney Conservatorium. The Kingfisher project involves a group of short new pieces by Australian composers which have now being performed in full – for more details go to www.halcyon.org.au

Lake moonrise is a setting of a text by the composer that reflects on an experience many years ago of being awestruck by a commonplace but compellingly beautiful event in nature. In this case, a stunning moonrise over Lake Cootharaba in Queensland observed from a fire-wrecked palm valley where the burnt trees were adorned by red slashed black cockatoos with their shrieking calls. The work is in the form of a prelude and fugue.

Click here to read more about the work and to see the text: Lake moonrise program note.

Click to listen to the ABC Classic FM podcast of the March performance of the work.