31 Mar 2021 to 1 Apr 2021 Once Only Event
Jessica Cottis – Conductor
Lorina Gore – Soprano, Artist in Focus
Courtenay Cleary – Violin
Canberra Symphony Orchestra
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Seven Deadly Sins
The 2021 Llewellyn Series opens with Stravinsky’s Circus Polka. 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, but plenty of progressive rock and Dixieland jazz influences.
The centrepiece is Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, a scathing commentary on the perils of capitalist ambitions. This fractured fairytale follows Anna 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. 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.
Dismissed by some critics as a show business sell-out, Korngold was held in high regard among film directors for his romantic, lush and melodic style. Despite his Hollywood success, this virtuosic violin concerto remains his most well-known piece.
Once Only Event
31 Mar 2021 to 1 Apr 2021