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Classic Afternoon: The Elements

Saturday 19 June, 2021
Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 2pm

Kirsten Williams Director, Violin
Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Grace Williams
Sea Sketches

Ralph Vaughan Williams OM
The Lark Ascending

Kim Cunio
CO2 and the Ice Core
World premiere, CSO commission

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 59 in A major ‘Fire’

Adult – $59-101
Concession – $48-89
Under 30 – $30

Online sales have closed for this concert.
Tickets are available at the Llewellyn Hall Box Office from 1pm (card only).

The ancient Greeks believed all of matter was essentially comprised of earth, water, air and fire. These elements undergirded philosophy, science and medicine for over two millennia.

Directed by Concertmaster Kirsten Williams, the orchestra explores each element in this program: taking to the sky with Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, before diving into the tempestuous waters of Welsh composer Grace Williams’ Sea Sketches and bristling with Haydn’s spirited Fire symphony.

The element of earth takes on new meaning and urgency with a commission from Kim Cunio that seeks to make musical sense of the quandary of climate change.


The Box Office will open at 1pm for ticket sales and collection. If possible, please book tickets in advance via the online links below, or over the phone with CSO Direct (02 6262 6772, weekdays 10am – 3pm). Ticket sales at the door will be card only (no cash).

The Box Office will be open from 1pm for ticket collection. Please show your tickets on entry to the Hall for contactless checking.

As a COVID-safe precaution, cloaking is not available at this time.

Free weekend parking is available in front of the ANU School of Music, behind the ANU School of Art and in the Baldessin multi-storey carpark off Childers Street.

The second edition of rest (the CSO concert magazine) will be available for purchase. Subscribers may redeem program vouchers at the Box Office to receive complimentary copies.Patrons who collected a copy of rest #2 at Llewellyn Two are encouraged to re-use it for this concert.

There will not be a pre-concert talk for this event.

13:00 Box Office opens
13:30 Doors open to Llewellyn Hall
14:00 Concert commences
14:40 Interval (20 minutes)
15:40 Concert concludes (approx. timing)

Atticus Coffee (Level 5, ANU School of Music) and the Athenaeum (ground floor) and Level 4 bars will be open pre-concert and at interval – the bars will accept card only (no cash).

There will be a 20-minute interval.


CSO concerts are COVID-safe events delivered in line with ACT Government requirements. Regular Llewellyn Hall seating configurations will be in place for this concert. While you will be sitting next to other patrons, please practise social distancing where possible as you move through the foyers and other spaces. More information about safety measures and COVID-19 ticket exchange policy

The ACT Government requires all patrons to check in at Llewellyn Hall using the Check in CBR app. To minimise delays, please download and open the app in advance. Patrons who do not have a smart phone will be checked in by Llewellyn Hall venue staff.

We encourage all our patrons to stay informed and follow ACT Health guidance. 

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Image: Martin Ollman