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Fire & Shadow

Wednesday 22 / Thursday 23 March 2023

Promotional graphic showing red and purple brushstrokes and a portrait of Claire Edwardes holding percussion mallets

Claire Edwardes, Percussion (Image: Nat Cartney)

Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, 7.30pm

Dane Lam Conductor
Claire Edwardes OAM Percussion
Canberra Symphony Orchestra
Kirsten Williams 

Igor Stravinsky
Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée

Iain Grandage
Dances with devils: Concerto for percussion and orchestra

Ludwig van Beethoven
Selections from The Creatures of Prometheus

$60–109 Adults
$53–96 Concession (means-tested pensions)
$35 Under 35
$17 Student rush

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By definition, a shadow exists only in reference to the light. This program explores the interplay of night and day, dancing with shimmering silhouettes.

A gem from Stravinsky’s Neoclassical period, The Fairy’s Kiss embodies the mischievous deceit of the spirits of folklore. This ethereal, shimmering soundscape mirrors the movement and vitality of the ballet dancers for whom it was commissioned.

Shadow is a mainstay of the Gothic; in Dances with devils, Iain Grandage responds to nineteenth-century Gothic short stories, where old world spectres disguise colonial fears of the Australian landscape, borne of ignorance and disconnection. It’s a work of powerful opposites, an urgent, driving interplay between light and darkness, colour and rhythm.

In Greek mythology, Prometheus draws the ire of the gods by gifting fire to humanity. While the original myth is steeped in flickering shadows, Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus is imbued with a hopeful sunlight. Heavily influenced by Enlightenment philosophy, Beethoven paints an image of the divine fire of the arts, inspiring and lifting humanity to great heights.




When to arrive
Doors to Llewellyn Hall will open at 6.15pm. The pre-concert conversation will run from 6.30pm to 7pm (approx.), with the concert commencing at 7.30pmPlease allow sufficient time for parking.

Box Office
The Box Office in the ground floor Athenaeum will be open from 6pm for ticket purchase and collection. The Box Office is card only (no cash). 

FM radio assisted hearing units are available in Llewellyn Hall. To reserve a unit, call CSO Direct at least 24 hours in advance on 02 6262 6772 (weekdays 10am – 3pm). Hearing units can be collected from the Box Office in the ground floor Athenaeum. For information about wheelchair seating and other accessibility requirements, call CSO Direct or enquire directly with Llewellyn Hall.

Cloaking is not available at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Free after-hours 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.

Biginelli’s (Level 5, ANU School of Music) and the Athenaeum and Level 4 bars will be open pre-concert and at interval. The bars will accept card only (no cash).

Pre-concert conversation
Concertgoers are invited to attend a free, pre-concert talk from 6.30pm to 7pm (in Llewellyn Hall) with Associate Professor Kim Cunio, Head of the ANU School of Music, and CSO Board Director Robyn Holmes.

There will be a 20-minute interval from 8.30pm to 8.50pm (approx.).

Concert programs
Complimentary programs will be available throughout the venue. Artist profiles and program notes are also available online.

Running order
6.00pm – Box Office opens
6.15pm – Doors to Llewellyn Hall open
6.30pm  Pre-concert conversation begins
7.00pm – Pre-concert conversation concludes (approx. timing)
7.30pm  Concert commences
8.35pm  Interval (approx. timing)
9.45pm – Concert concludes (approx. timing)




The CSO is working closely with Aspen Medical to deliver concert experiences in line with ACT Government requirements.  

If you are unwell or should be in isolation or quarantine, do not attend CSO concerts.

ACT Health strongly encourages the use of face masks in public indoor settings and wherever it is difficult to maintain physical distancing. Audience members are not required to wear masks in other sections but are welcome to do so. Seating will not be physically distanced.

While you will be seated next to other patrons, please practise physical distancing as much as possible as you move around the venue.

Practise good hand hygiene, including washing hands frequently with soap and water and covering coughs / sneezes with a tissue or your elbow.

For more information about CSO COVID-safe measures, visit We encourage patrons to stay up to date with ACT Government advice via

If you have any questions, please contact CSO Direct on 02 6262 6772 (10am – 3pm, weekdays).