Paradise: Halcyon performs chamber music by Schultz and Page

When:17 Sep 2015, 1pm - 2pm
Venue:Io Myers Studio

This is a FREE event but bookings are required.


Halcyon presents a captivating chamber music program for voice, cello and piano by Australian composers Andrew Schultz and Rosalind Page.

To the Evening Star is a song cycle that reflects on the creative inner life, from deep longing, through whimsy, humour and regret, to a sense of wonder at the world's beauty, finishing with acceptance of time passing. Being and Time III: Paradiso takes visual and poetic inspiration from Australian artist Imants Tillers’ Paradiso (1994), where Tillers reflects on the ways in which displaced people, escaping from debilitating circumstances, often hold great hopes for the new ‘promised land’, which in reality, is not always the case. Prelude and Postscript Opus 100 (2015) is the first set of an intended series of short piano works written during an icy winter residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. To complete the program, Paradise, Opus 95 (2013) is a setting of the composer's own poems in which a physician observer wrestles with the small scale detail and the large scale effect of an horrific and violent event. The final two pieces will be Australian premiere performances.

To The Evening Star | Soprano, Piano | 2009

Being and Time III: Paradiso | Cello, Dice | 2015

Prelude and Postscript | Solo Piano | 2015

Paradise | Soprano, Cello, Piano | 2013


Regarded as a leading light in the field of new music, Halcyon presents stunning performances of vocal chamber music from around the world, with a special emphasis on Australian content. Over the past 15 years the ensemble has commissioned many works for voice and instruments, performing new repertoire around Australia.

Recent appearances include a performance with Synergy Percussion of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians at the Opera House, a performance of Reich’s Drumming as part of Synergy’s 40th birthday celebrations. 2015 highlights include War Letters, a project of new music by 4 Australian composers in response to the ANZAC Centenary and the CD release of Kingfisher – Songs for Halcyon, featuring 21 new songs by Australian composers.

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Alison MorganAlison Morgan | Soprano

Soprano Alison Morgan is a performer, artistic director and passionate advocate of contemporary music for voice. In a career spanning over twenty years she has performed as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Ballet, Pinchgut Opera, The Song Company, Ensemble Offspring, Synergy and Cantillation, with whom she has featured in numerous recording projects for ABC Classic FM. Alison has been a co-director of Halcyon since 1998, where she has been instrumental in commissioning, performing and recording a substantial body of Australian chamber music.

Geoffrey Gartner
Geoffrey Gartner | Cello

Geoffrey Gartner is well known for his dynamic stage presence and extrovert performance style. He has performed at festivals including the Warsaw Autumn, ISCM World New Music Days, Sydney Festival and the Canberra International Music Festival. He recently toured regional Australia with Sydney Dance Company playing ambulatory cello in its production, Cacti .

Geoffrey performs regularly with vocal chamber ensemble Halcyon, and has made numerous appearances with Ensemble Offspring and Sydney Dance Company. He is also a member of the choir at St Mark’s, Darling Point and loves singing choral communion every Sunday morning.

Josephine AllanJosephine Allan | Piano

Noted Australian pianist Josephine Allan is much in demand for her chamber music and ensemble playing and regularly collaborates with leading singers and instrumentalists.

As the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Keyboard, she has performed under many of the world’s finest conductors.

Josephine has worked with many Australian musical organisations including Australia Ensemble, Australian String Quartet, Alpha Ensemble, The Seymour Group, The Song Company, Cantillation, Halcyon, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Australia.

Andrew SchultzProfessor Andrew Schultz

Professor Andrew Schultz is head of the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW and an award winning composer and music academic. His music, which covers a broad range of chamber, orchestral and vocal works, has been performed, recorded and broadcast widely by leading groups and musicians internationally. He has held many commissions, including from the major Australian orchestras. Andrew has written a number of large-scale works including three operas (Black River, Going Into Shadows and The Children's Bach) that have been presented live and on film around the world. Other major works include Journey to Horseshoe Bend and Song of Songs. Andrew has held residencies and academic posts in the UK, US and Australia including as Head of Composition and Music Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and Dean of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong.

Rosalind PageRosalind Page

Composer Dr Rosalind Page has created works for theatre, dance, chamber ensembles, orchestra and electronica, with performances in Europe, USA and Japan. Rosalind’s artistic practice includes her M.A. (Theatre and Film Studies at UNSW) on sound/image relationships in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky.

In 2004, Fracture: a noh play for cello and orchestra, an interpretation of Shakespeare's King Lear and Kurosawa's RAN, received a Highly Commended Award in the prestigious Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize and in 2006 her setting of Lorca's Sonetos del Amor Oscuro won the Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize. She has a PhD in Composition from University of Sydney, studying with Ross Edwards.

Rosalind has been an invited composer by ISCM at Visby International Composers Centre, Gotland, Sweden, artist-in-residence at Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre (CAMAC, France), Herhusid, Iceland and The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. In 2009-10 Rosalind was Visiting Fellow in the School of the Arts and Media, UNSW and ABC Ian Reed Foundation Writer-in-Residence.

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