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Friday 8  / Saturday 9 July 2022

Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Acton, 7.30pm

Anthony Hunt Conductor
Chloe Lankshear Soprano
Tobias Cole Countertenor
Andrew Goodwin Tenor
Adrian Tamburini Bass
CSO Messiah Choir
Canberra Symphony Orchestra

George Frideric Handel
Messiah, HWV 56

Adult $54–101
Concession $48–89
Under 30 $30
Student rush $15

Llewellyn Hall family packages available – call CSO Direct on 02 6262 6772 (weekdays 10am – 3pm).

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The most performed piece of classical music worldwide, George Frideric Handel composed his Messiah in just 24 days, writing morning to night. While not exceptionally fast by the composer’s own standards, what’s extraordinary is how, in a period of weeks, Handel created a work of such invention, inspiration and timelessness that it has endured for three centuries (and counting), nothing less than an icon of the Western classical canon.

The popularity of the work was instantaneous; the management of Dublin’s Musick Hall, where the Messiah was first performed, implored concertgoers to forgo dresses with hoops, so as to make ‘room for more company.’

Even Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart confessed himself humble in the face of Handel’s genius. ‘Handel knows better than any of us what will make an effect,’ Mozart said. ‘When he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt.’

Musically, Handel’s most significant innovation was to elevate the chorus to equal status with his soloists. This demanded choral writing of astonishing power and drama, monumental blocks of vocal sound. The sense of joy bursting from the Hallelujah chorus is second to none; this is music to lift the spirits.



When to arrive
Doors to Llewellyn Hall will open at 7pm, 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 and 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.

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).

Pre-concert conversation
There is no pre-concert conversation for this event. 

There will be a 20-minute interval from 8.50pm to 9.10pm (approx.).

Concert programs
Artist profiles and the program note for this concert are included in the sixth edition of rest, the CSO concert magazine. The libretto, orchestra and choir lists and further commentary will be available in a supplementary program booklet. Complimentary copies of both rest and the booklet will be available at the concert. The program note is also available online.

Running order
6.00pm – Box Office opens
7.00pm – Doors to Llewellyn Hall open
7.30pm  Concert commences
8.50pm  Interval (approx. timing)
10.15pm – Concert concludes (approx. timing)




The CSO is working closely with Aspen Medical to deliver COVID-safe 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. Llewellyn Hall highly recommends the use of masks. Audience members are not required to wear masks at CSO concerts 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).


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