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The Seven Deadly Sins

Wednesday 31 March / Thursday 1 April 2021

Llewellyn Hall, ANU, 7.30pm

Jessica Cottis Conductor
Lorina Gore Soprano, Artist in Focus
Vocal Quartet
Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Igor STRAVINSKY Circus Polka
Jean SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5 in Eb major
Holly HARRISON Fizzin’ Fury
Kurt WEILL The Seven Deadly Sins

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

The 2021 Llewellyn Series opens with Stravinsky’s Circus Polka, an unusual commission for a New York ballet production. Tongue-in-cheek, the composer subtitled the work ‘For a Young Elephant’ – it was premiered with 50 elephants of varying ages from the Barnum & Bailey Circus. The dancing continues in Holly Harrison’s Fizzin’ Fury – no animals here, but plenty of progressive rock and Dixieland jazz influences.

The centrepiece of the program is Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, a scathing commentary on the perils of capitalist ambitions. This fractured fairytale follows Anna – voiced by Artist in Focus Lorina Gore – as she traverses an imaginary parallel of the United States of America to earn money for her greedy family. Each time Anna’s alter ego tries to behave morally, she’s scolded for failing to commit one of the seven deadly sins: pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth. Each has its own musical character; a skilful satirist, Weill borrows from popular and traditional music: the foxtrot, the church chorale, circus music – even barbershop quartet.

The Seven Deadly Sins also bristles with the anxiety of the interwar period in which it was composed. Weill began the work in the mid-1930s after leaving Germany for Paris, his music labelled ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis.

The orchestra rounds out the program with Sibelius’ lyrical fifth symphony, described by Cottis as “uplifting, expansive and joyous,”

Image: Gerard Collett

Performance of The Seven Deadly Sins is given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Schott Music Ltd of Mainz

Artist in Focus concert package

In 2021, the CSO features soprano Lorina Gore as Artist in Focus.

For a limited time only, purchase tickets to Lorina Gore’s mainstage appearances with the CSO – Llewellyn One and Llewellyn Three – to receive a half-price ticket to Australian Series: Within and Without, featuring world premieres from Peggy Polias and Ella Macens.

Book the Artist in Focus concert package online or call CSO Direct on 02 6262 6772 (weekdays 10am – 3pm).



We are working closely with all our concert venues to deliver COVID-safe concert experiences for musicians, staff and patrons. All concerts will be delivered in line with ACT Government restrictions, including requirements related to audience capacity, contact tracing and cleaning protocols. More information about safety measures and COVID-19 ticket exchange policy

The audiences for this concert will be capped at 75 per cent of the Hall’s capacity in line with government requirements. Regular seating configurations will be in place – you will be sitting next to other patrons inside the theatre, but please move through the foyers and other spaces with social distancing considerations in mind.

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.



Box Office
The Box Office will open at 6.15pm 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)

When to arrive
The box office will be open from 6.15pm for ticket collection. Please show your tickets on entry to the Hall for contactless checking.

Pre-concert talk
There will be a free, pre-concert talk from 6.30pm.

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

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.

Concert programs
The CSO magazine will be available for purchase. Subscribers may redeem program vouchers at the Box Office to receive complimentary copies.

Atticus Coffee (Level 5, ANU School of Music) will be serving tea, coffee and soft drinks before the concert. The Athanaeum Bar on the ground floor will be open pre-concert; both the Athenaeum and the Level 4 bar will be open at interval.

There will be a 20-minute interval.


To book tickets to the Wednesday or Thursday performance of Llewellyn One: The Seven Deadly Sins, follow the “Seven Deadly Sins” links below.

To book all four Llewellyn Series concerts and become a Llewellyn Series subscriber, follow the “Llewellyn Series subscription” links below. Llewellyn Series subscribers retain their seats in Llewellyn Hall, year after year and enjoy all the other benefits of a CSO subscription

To discuss a custom subscription, call CSO Direct on 02 6262 6772 (weekdays, 10am – 3pm).

Seat holds for returning Llewellyn Series subscribers end COB 8 January 2021. More information


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