Llewellyn One: Seven Deadly Sins

Llewellyn One: Seven Deadly Sins

Jessica Cottis – Conductor
Lorina Gore – Soprano, Artist in Focus
Courtenay Cleary – Violin
Barbershop Quartet
Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Igor Stravinsky
Circus Polka

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Violin Concerto

Holly Harrison
Fizzin’ Fury

Kurt Weill
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.
  • Portraits of Courtenay Cleary (holding violin) and Jessica Cottis
    Courtenay Cleary (Violin); Jessica Cottis (Conductor)
  • Portraits of Courtenay Cleary (holding violin) and Jessica Cottis
    Courtenay Cleary (Violin); Jessica Cottis (Conductor)



31 Mar - 1 Apr 2021

Next occurrence: 31 Mar 2021


Wed & Thu: 5.30pm-7.30pm


Between $59.00 and $101.00

Between $48.00 and $89.00
Concession price available to holders of current, means-tested Australian pensions

$30 tickets available to patrons aged 30 years and under on 1 January 2021


Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times.


Llewellyn One: Seven Deadly Sins

Llewellyn Hall, The Australian National University, William Herbert Place, Building 100, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia