Sunday 18 October 2020  |  11:30AM

This concert will be postponed to 2021 due to the current COVID-19 crisis.

Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham recently said that our international borders are likely to remain closed until the end of the year, preventing our ability to present any international artists in 2020.

For the first time since opening in 2015, we will have an entire concert season without our flagship weekend event: UKARIA 24 will not take place on Friday 16–Sunday 18 October this year. Three international artists were set to be joining us for this special event – Lawrence Power (curator/viola/violin), Torleif Thedéen (cello) and Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano) – along with students from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

The good news is that we are currently working with all the musicians to reschedule the event to 2021 unchanged: where possible, the line up and program will remain the same. The weekend we have currently flagged as a possibility is Friday 24–Sunday 26 September 2021.

To our patrons who have already booked tickets to any of the concerts, or a Weekend Pass, we encourage you to keep your tickets, as they will automatically be transferred over to the new date as soon as it is confirmed. As always, you'll also have the option to log in to your account at any time and request a full refund, a gift voucher credit (valid until 31 December 2022), or gift your tickets back to UKARIA as a tax-deductible donation. If you have any questions, or experience any difficulties logging into your account, please don't hesitate to contact us on (08) 8227 1277.



The tombeau (meaning 'tomb' or 'tombstone') flourished in seventeenth-century France. Written for lute or harpsichord, these vibrant dance-inspired works payed tribute to the greats of a bygone era. In 1917 Ravel revitalised the genre with his neo-Baroque masterpiece Le Tombeau de Couperin. Fifty years later, Arthur Benjamin wrote Le Tombeau de Ravel, lending a new Australian dimension to this unique tradition. This concert juxtaposes some of these great works side by side, allowing them to speak to each other in a dialogue that transcends time.

At the heart of the weekend is the Australian premiere of a new work by one of today's leading composers, Thomas Adès, commissioned for Lawrence Power by an international circle that includes UKARIA and some of the world's great festivals.


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Duett mit zwei obligaten Augengläsern in E flat, WoO 32 Eyeglasses Duo (1796)

I. Allegro
II. Minuet – Trio

Lawrence Power | Viola
Torleif Thedéen | Cello

Thomas Adès (b. 1971)
Three Berceuses from The Exterminating Angel for Viola and Piano (2019)* [Australian Premiere]

Lawrence Power | Viola
Simon Crawford-Phillips | Piano

François Couperin (1668–1733)
Pièces de violes (1728)

Première Suite in E minor

I. Prélude

Lawrence Power | Viola
Simon Crawford-Phillips | Piano

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Le Tombeau de Couperin (1914–17)

V. Menuet

Simon Crawford-Phillips | Piano

Arthur Benjamin (1893–1960)
Le Tombeau de Ravel (1958)

Lawrence Power | Viola
Simon Crawford-Phillips | Piano

* Three Berceuses from The Exterminating Angel were commissioned for Lawrence Power by Verbier Festival, Moritzburg Festival, BBC Radio 3, Aspen Festival, UKARIA Cultural Centre, Muziekgebouw can't IJ, Amsterdam, and underwritten by The Viola Commissioning Circle.

This concert will run for approximately forty-five minutes without interval. Followed by Lunch at 12.30pm (separate booking required).

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