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Sunday 5 September, 2021
Albert Hall, 2pm AND 4.30pm

CSO Chamber Players
Alan Vivian Clarinet
Kirsten Williams, Doreen Cumming Violins
Lucy Carrigy-Ryan Viola
Patrick Suthers Cello

Waltz in A Major, op. 54, No. 1

Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, op. 115

Adult – $45
Concession – $41
Under 30 – $30

Book two or more concerts to enjoy the benefits of a CSO subscription, including discounted ticket prices.

The 2pm performance has sold out. Limited tickets are still available for the 4.30pm performance.


Johannes Brahms first discovered Antonín Dvořák through the latter’s voluminous submission to a composition competition. The story goes that Brahms, one of the judges, was immediately impressed by Dvořák’s seemingly limitless ability to devise inventive melodies. The pair enjoyed a long friendship and professional association, both achieving lasting recognition among the greats of the Romantic era.

Brahms introduced Dvořák to his publisher, who was similarly captivated and demanded a great number of light, popular works. The Waltz No. 1 in A major was one such piece, written to charm both publisher and punter with its lyrical lilt and musical variety.

Conversely, Brahms penned his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings after declaring his composing career had come to an end. Characterised by dark tonal hues and rich textures, its beauty is in deep introspection and melancholy.



The first session is sold out; the Box Office will open at 1.20pm for ticket collection. For the second session, the Box Office will be open for ticket sales and collection from 4pm.

If possible, please book tickets online in advance or over the phone with CSO Direct (02 6262 6772, weekdays 10am – 3pm). Ticket sales at the door will be card only (no cash).


Doors to Albert Hall will be open from 1.20pm for the first session, and from 4pm for the second session. Please show your tickets on entry to the Hall for contactless checking.


Cloaking is not available at Albert Hall.


Limited parking is available off Kaye Street.


Program notes are included in the May–July 2021 edition of rest, the CSO concert magazine. Copies will be available for purchase ($10 – card only); subscribers may redeem program vouchers for complimentary copies.

Patrons who collected a copy of this edition at Llewellyn Two, Lorina Gore’s recital or Classic Afternoon are encouraged to re-use it for this concert.

Program notes are also available online at


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

RUNNING TIMES – first session

13:20 Box Office opens, doors open to Albert Hall
14:00 Concert commences
15:00 Concert concludes (approx. timing)

RUNNING TIMES – second session

16:00 Box Office opens, doors open to Albert Hall
16:30 Concert commences
17:30 Concert concludes (approx. timing)


Tea, coffee and water will be available to purchase, as well as Lark Hill Winery’s Regional Riesling (2020), Regional Shiraz (2019) and Regional Blanc de Blanc Sparkling by the glass. Refreshments may be purchased and taken into the Hall.

Card payments only – no cash.


The concert will run for approximately one hour without interval.


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

The ACT Government requires all patrons to check in at Albert Hall using the Check in CBR app. To minimise delays, please download and open the app in advance.

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