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Darkness to Light

Sunday 21 May, 2023
Albert Hall, Yarralumla, 2pm

CSO Chamber Ensemble
Kirsten Williams Violin
Patrick Suthers Cello
Sponsored by Paul Lindwall & Joanne Frederiksen
Edward Neeman Piano
The Keyboard chair is supported by the Eldon and Anne Foote Trust, a charitable fund account of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

Clara Schumann
Piano Trio in G minor, op. 17

Antonín Dvořák
Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, op. 26

$42–49 Adults
$38–44 Concession (means-tested pensions)
$35 Under 35
$17 Student rush 

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Abstract graphic showing green, red and blue paint

It’s often said that without darkness, we would not perceive the light. Derek Jarman was fascinated by these seeming opposites, the way their interplay shapes our perception of colour and form.

The most beautiful, compelling music is that which allows us to hold two opposites in tension: to embrace darkness and light, joy and despair, major and minor.

An accomplished pianist, Clara Schumann’s idiomatic G minor piano trio highlights her intimate understanding of the instrument’s sonic capabilities. Composed during a challenging season of her life, this work is nonetheless beautiful, dramatic and even playful at times. Her husband, Robert Schumann, composed his first piano trio a year later; the two were often performed together.

Composed in the same key, Dvořák’s Second Piano Trio was similarly composed at a painful moment in his life. The largo second movement hints at a funeral march, drawing great emotional depth from limited musical material.

So, too, is this piece a work of powerful contrasts: the slow movement is preceded by a bold, opening Allegro and followed by an energetic, dancing Scherzo. The fourth and final movement is elegantly crafted, exultant and ultimately uplifting.


When to arrive
Doors will be open from 1.15pm for the 2pm concert.

Box Office
The Box Office will open at 1.30pm for ticket sales and collection. Please show your tickets on entry for contactless checking. If you have not received your tickets due to postage delays, CSO ticketing staff will be able to tick your name off the list.

Cloaking is not available at Albert Hall.

Limited parking is available off Kaye Street.

The concert will run for approximately 1h 15 minutes without interval.

Refreshments will not be served – apologies for any inconvenience.

Concert programs
Complimentary concert programs will be available on arrival. Program notes and artist profiles are also available online: